Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

secret-life-of-walter-mitty-posterThe more I think about it, the more I have a problem with the Ben Stiller remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Forget that it misses the point of Thurber’s original short story and isn’t as whimsical as the 1947 Danny Kaye/Virginia Mayo version, that’s not really what matters here. Instead, what matters is the overall message, and for me, that message sucks.

To back up a second…the plot centers around Walter Mitty, a middle aged, milquetoast of a man who escapes into an incredibly rich fantasy life, often causing him to lose contact for a brief period with whatever reality had inspired the fantastic hallucination to begin with. In various incarnations, what Mitty does and how he does it changes, but the basic premise remains the same.  Continue reading “Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

Review: The Bible Repairman and Other Stories

The Bible Repairman and Other Stories
The Bible Repairman and Other Stories by Tim Powers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s something wonderfully unique and strange about the imagination of Tim Powers. This collection of stories is not the best introduction to it, however good they might be. Th final story of the book is a companion piece to Powers’ novels The Stress of Her Regard and Hide Me Among the Graves dealing with the Nephilim, romantic poets and non-traditional vampires. It was originally written as a bonus for a limited edition of Regard and really needs a working knowledge of that book to be fully appreciated. Continue reading “Review: The Bible Repairman and Other Stories”

The Assets

assetsSo, a few months back I told you about filming this project here in Lithuania. Well now details can be revealed – and a I can let a little bit of my geek flag fly.

As you can see from the picture to the left and the title of this post, the title of the project is The Assets, an 8 part “limited series” airing on ABC starting… well it started last night at 10pm (that’s 22:00 for my European friends)! This is a surprise as I thought it wasn’t airing until summer and they just finished filming a few weeks ago. Continue reading “The Assets”

DAVID • Think: Linor’s Story

This month’s piece in David (click the cover for the complete issue) feature’s a former Israeli beauty queen who survived a brutal attack and has not only survived, but is thriving as a lawyer and victim’s rights advocate. Linor Abargil‘s story is amazing and inspiring (and just for fun, she has a Lithuanian connection as well – her ex is Šarūnas Jasikevičius)

Additionally in this issue is the work of Gerda Liesiene, a Lithuanian journalist who’s piece on setting good habits is a fun way to start the year.

Enjoy the magazine and Happy New Year!

Review: Ex-Heroes

Ex-Heroes
Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It would be great if this book was written with the least bit of irony… with some notion that Peter Clines knew he was writing a cliche ridden, sexist, clunky book and was using it to make a statement about… well… anything really. Instead, we get a superhero/zombie mash-up so full of earnestness and the wish fulfillment of the adolescent that it’s almost unreadable. Continue reading “Review: Ex-Heroes”