Does “Red Sparrow” Sing or Squawk?

On today’s podcast we look at Jennifer Lawrence’s “Red Sparrow,” which is out on Blu-ray now.  The movie, which is based on a book by Jason Matthews, has the distinct sense of an old school, John Le Carre Cold War novel, but it’s (kind of) been updated for the present day. How does it all… Read More

Notes from a Writer: The Idea Man

I regularly worry about ideas. I don’t know where they come from. I don’t know how to find them. Once I have one, I can develop it, I can expand upon it, but it’s that initial, “Oh, here’s an idea” thing that I find tough. Reviews can be hard to write, but at least there’s… Read More

007(x3) Weeks of 007 #22 – "Quantum of Solace"

This is it, or almost it, the third to last entry in 007(x3) Weeks of 007, a series that will end next week with two entries, one on “Skyfall” and one on “Spectre.” First though we have to work our way through “Quantum of Solace,” Daniel Craig’s second outing as everyone’s favorite superspy. You want… Read More

007(x3) Weeks of 007 #20 – "Die Another Day"

This week’s 007(x3) Weeks of 007 features Pierce Brosnan’s much maligned final outing as James Bond, “Die Another Day.” And here’s the thing about the movie – it may be the weakest one Brosnan did but if you look at the ebb and flow of the Bond series, something I’ve been trying to do throughout… Read More