Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Film Review: Gone Girl

“I swear, you two are the most f**ked up people I’ve ever known, and I specialize in f**ked up.”

Gone Girl (2014)

Directed By: David Fincher

Written By: Gillian Flynn, based on her novel

Setting: Missouri

This review was originally published October 28, 2014.

This spring, I’ll reach an important milestone: my 25th wedding anniversary. Crazy, isn’t it? In my mind, I am way too young and cool for that. A perimenopausal matriarch’s delusion.

Indie Spotlight: Prescient (Book 1) by Derek Murphy

Prescient by Derek Murphy 
Setting: New Jersey
Published: April 1, 2016 by Urban Epics
Kindle Edition, 152 pages

Alicia's quotidian life -- filled with high school, spending time with her best friend and widowed father, and contemplating her unrequited crush -- is derailed when seemingly harmless drug experimentation catapults her forward in time. As a time traveler in the near future, she enters a terrifying post-apocalyptic world.

After returning to the present, she finds herself unwillingly thrust into the role of Cassandra, anxious to warn others of what lies ahead. But who will believe her?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Movie Monday: From Page to Screen: I Smile Back

Desperation, not desire, is the root of atrocity. And fear..."

I Smile Back by Amy Koppelman  
Setting: New Jersey
Published: November 23, 2015 by Two Dollar Radio (1st Published January 1, 2008)
Kindle Edition, 194 pages

I Smile Back (2015)
Written by: Paige Dylan & Amy Koppelman  
Directed by: Adam Salkey  
Recommended to me by: Alex Withrow

Laney Brooks is a privileged suburban wife and mom, surrounded by all the elements of a charmed life. A husband who, while flawed, is tenaciously devoted to her. Two small children. Abundant financial comfort. A nanny for her four-year-old (although she doesn't work for pay). It's an embarrassment of riches. Yet she's hanging on by her fingernails. She self-medicates her anxiety and depression -- and probable bipolar disorder -- with alcohol, Xanax, and cocaine. Drinking. Drugging. F**king men she is not supposed to f**k. Definite shades of borderline personality disorder. This is her life. 

Book Review: Hesitation Wounds by Amy Koppelman

You probably didn't hear me then. You certainly can't hear me now. Yet I continue. Soundlessly, but with an urgency as remote as it is familiar. I need you to release me, Dan. Before the wave smacks me. Which it will if only because it always has.

Hesitation Wounds by Amy Koppelman
Hardcover,  187 pages
Published: 2015 by The Overlook Press
Setting: New York