Movie: Arrival (2016)

A good but slow “first contact” sci-fi thriller, written about a cunning linguist who slowly discovers how to communicate with aliens. 

It’s traditional harder core sci fi, in that it’s very cerebral, more…

Movie: The Accountant

So I went and saw "the Accountant". Rotten Tomatoes gave me low expectations with a 51% reviewer rating, but the 86% audience score gave me some hope that it wouldn’t be horrid. Of course their more…

Movie: Deepwater Horizon

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll kiss 9 bucks goodbye. You can love it, hate it, or both at the same time. The short version is that I liked it as entertainment, but didn’t as a movie about a real event. 

I’m more…

Book: Countdown to Zero Day

The headline for this review was “Hacking the Ayatollahs”. While a good review, that’s a lousy headline. The book is much broader than the headline implies. Yes, it was an targeted attack on Irans Nuclear more…

Book: Think like a Freak

I love the Freakanomics books.

A lot of it is confirmation bias: I already think like a freak (much of the time), so most of their stories were snippets of things I’d read, or ways that I try to approach more…

Movie: Inside Out

I dragged my wife to see this, as I do many/most Pixar movies.

This one was very cute, with brilliant moments. It totally deserves kudos for imagination factor (in showing what’s going on inside people’s more…

Movie:White Helmets

Apologies if this is a downer, but the topic isn’t a cheery one. 

There’s a documentary on Netflix, on the Syrian Civil War, as if any war is ‘civil’, focusing on the first responders to bombings: these more…

Movie: Jason Bourne

Matt Damon is a flaming douchebag and hypocrite, but is not the worst actor that ever became popular. (His hypocrisy on gun-control and green-preaching while flying around on private jets makes him a more…