‘Aberration’ (1997) is Ridiculous but Entertaining (review)

  Amy (Pamela Gidley, Cherry 2000, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me) has just stolen fifty thousand dollars from her ex-boyfriend Uri and needs to hole up for a while, so she heads to a secluded cabin. Unfortunately there’s a bunch of green goo around, which spawns lizards that are “evolving into a more efficient predator.”Continue reading “‘Aberration’ (1997) is Ridiculous but Entertaining (review)”

‘Arachnophobia’ Stands up to the Test of Time (review)

While on a job in Venezuela, a photographer is killed by a very poisonous and very bitey new breed of spider. The little bugger happily rides home with the corpse to a small town in America. Ross (Jeff Daniels), the town’s new doctor, is unfortunately quite afraid of spiders, but now has to deal withContinue reading “‘Arachnophobia’ Stands up to the Test of Time (review)”

‘April Fool’s Day’ is Fun and Delightfully Dated (review)

A group of twenty-something friends and acquaintances are heading to an island to celebrate their friend Muffy’s birthday. Once there, they run into trouble when they discover there’s a killer among them and no way off the island. Meanwhile Muffy’s behavior is becoming increasingly erratic. It seems everyone present has “little secrets” they’d like toContinue reading “‘April Fool’s Day’ is Fun and Delightfully Dated (review)”

‘An American Haunting’ is…Definitely Less Ridiculous than the Book it’s Based On (review)

It’s 1817, and Betsy Bell (Rachel Hurd-Wood, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer) is a teenage girl who appears to be either possessed or haunted by an angry ghost who slaps her and pulls the blankets off of her bed, among other things. There are also weird noises and weird animals skulking about the family property.Continue reading “‘An American Haunting’ is…Definitely Less Ridiculous than the Book it’s Based On (review)”

Park Ky-hyeong’s ‘Acacia’ is Gorgeous and Melancholy (review)

Korean movie. Mi-sook and Do-il Kim are a married couple who have trouble conceiving a child. They adopt an artistic loner named Jin-sung. He adjusts fairly well, with the help of his loving adopted parents, Do-il’s father, and new friend Min-jee—though he seems to think the acacia tree in the backyard is his deceased mother.Continue reading “Park Ky-hyeong’s ‘Acacia’ is Gorgeous and Melancholy (review)”

On Barbies and Stephen King (nonfiction)

I recently gave my three-year-old daughter her first Barbie doll. Part of me felt guilty, since Barbies are associated with body image issues. I’ve thought about it in depth, and I’ve realized that I don’t hate my body because I played with Barbies as a kid. I never thought an eleven-inch-tall toy with rubber hands,Continue reading “On Barbies and Stephen King (nonfiction)”

Shadow Self (poem)

She’s fourteen. Medium height, slender, waist-length hair as blue as her eyes. She once broke her bed with a baseball bat. Cuts her arms with kitchen knives. Pounds the wall until bruises blossom on her knuckles like poison flowers. Misanthrope, she seethes and boils at the foolishness of others. She hates everyone. Alone at nightContinue reading “Shadow Self (poem)”