sweeney scissorhands

I enjoyed Tim Burton’s version of Sweeney Todd a lot. The music was a lot more appealing this time around, maybe because I was familiar with it this time, and maybe because it wasn’t so aggressively oversung in places, just allowed to flow like the…

spook country

William Gibson started out way ahead of everyone, both in terms of the time period he was writing about — a fictional future in which cybernetics and space travel are commonplace, and artificial intelligences are sentient and nearly omnipotent — and in terms of style…

30 days of night (graphic novel)

Disappointing. The art is impressionistic, indistinct, rendered in gray, black, and red…strong visual choices, but often confusing to the point where it’s difficult to tell what’s just happened and to whom. The story has a clever premise — since the town of Barrow, Alaska is…

achewood and peanuts

Achewood is one of my favorite comic strips ever. I don’t think about Peanuts often, perhaps because it was such a basic part of my childhood, but yeah, if I made a top ten list, which I can’t bring myself to do anymore after High…

sweeney todd: the demon barber of fleet street

No, not the new Tim Burton movie. We just watched the Emmy-award-winning film of the stage musical, the one with Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett. Like many people, I’m not a huge musical fan. I’ve been in five of them and had great times, but…

i am legend

My girlfriend got me into zombie movies. The appeal, at least for me, is complex and multidimensional. On the one hand, there’s a thrilling sense of doom: the world has, if only temporarily, come to an end. There’s almost no one left and survival depends…

the golden compass

I went into The Golden CompassĀ  with lowered expectations, having heard in advance that it showed all the usual flaws of novel adaptations: Frenzied leaping from place to place and plot point to plot point, since contemporary novels are almost invariably too long to squeeze…