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Scary Movies: The Shining

The movie this week is Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, which I haven’t seen since high school and have wanted to see again for a long time. Upon rewatching, I think what makes this such a popular horror movie is how its ambiguities lend themselves… Continue Reading “Scary Movies: The Shining”

What I’m Reading: Sworn to the Gods

Sworn to the Gods is a fantasy romance by Lexi Caine. I came across it as it was listed on Amazon as an “other books you may like” for one of my own fantasy books. This struck me as odd, as fantasy romance and… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Sworn to the Gods”

Scary Movies: Sixth Sense

Last time, we did I Bury the Living, which started off great but totally flubbed its ending. Here, with the Sixth Sense, the 1999 film directed by M. Night Shyamalan, we have a movie that stuck the landing as well as any horror movie… Continue Reading “Scary Movies: Sixth Sense”

What I’m Reading: The Authentic Adam Smith

The Authentic Adam Smith: His Life and Ideas by James Buchan is an erudite but straightforward biography of Adam Smith. I was a bit worried at first that it would be partisan and revisionist, because the book cover claims Smith and his theories have… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: The Authentic Adam Smith”

Scary Movies: I Bury the Living

This is one I saw about fifteen years ago and wanted to watch again. It’s amazingly well-made for a low-budget B-movie from the 1950s, but totally wusses out on the ending. This review will have spoilers of this sixty-four year old film, so don’t… Continue Reading “Scary Movies: I Bury the Living”

Scary Movies: The Omen

Woohoo, October again, and that means it’s time for the annual Halloween film festival, when I force my kids to watch scary movies! This year the theme is “Creepy Kids,” and we’re starting off with one of the creepiest, Damien, child star of The… Continue Reading “Scary Movies: The Omen”

What I’m Reading: Tree of Ages

Tree of Ages, by Sara Roethle, opens with Finn waking up, which is odd, since she’s a tree. Although now she seems to have arms and legs, and she finds the air is so, so cold. She tries to dig her feet in the… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Tree of Ages”

Ranking the Twilight Zone

I’m engaged in a project with my twelve-year old daughter to watch every single Twilight Zone episode and rank them. We watch and run them through a rubric to give them a score from 0 to 7. The episodes are graded in three categories:… Continue Reading “Ranking the Twilight Zone”