Nominees for 2016 Anthony Awards Jun10

Nominees for 2016 Anthony Awards

  BEST NOVEL Night Tremors – Matt Coyle [Oceanview] The Killing Kind – Chris Holm [Mulholland] The Child Garden – Catriona McPherson [Midnight Ink] The Nature of the Beast – Louise Penny [Minotaur/Sphere] What You See – Hank Phillippi Ryan [Forge] BEST FIRST NOVEL Concrete Angel – Patricia Abbott [Polis] Past Crimes – Glen Erik Hamilton [William Morrow] New Yorked – Rob Hart [Polis] Bull Mountain – Brian Panowich [G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Head of Zeus] On the Road with Del & Louise – Art Taylor [Henery] BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL The Long and Faraway Gone – Lou Berney...

Behind the Book: Patti Abbott Jul01

Behind the Book: Patti Abbott

“Why Do You Write Such Dark Stories” by Patti Abbott Whenever I spend an evening with friends familiar with my stories, this question often arises. “You seem like a happy person,” and they usually go on to say. “Was your childhood difficult?” Um, no. And I can’t really give a definitive answer to the question. Is it true even? Are my stories all dark? I paged through a list of stories I’ve published over 15 years and I find I have finished people off in many odd ways: a woman pushed off a boat into a melting ice floe in Alaska; death due to a collapsed ceiling; becoming part of a cello;...

Film Review: THE WOLFPACK Jun27

Film Review: THE WOLFPACK

THE WOLFPACK Directed by Crystal Moselle Certainly everyone is familiar with THE WOLFPACK’s premise by now. A few years back, documentary film maker, Crystal Moselle, ran into one of the Angulo brothers wandering the streets near their housing project in lower Manhattan. The six Angulo brothers (and their one sister) had spent their entire lives locked in a tiny apartment by their father, Oscar, sometimes only leaving their apartment once a year. His wife, Suzanne, was also a victim of his paranoid delusions (or excessive need for power) that they were safer there. To occupy themselves, the boys watched the over 5000 videos, Oscar...

Film Review: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Directed by David Fincher Written b Steven Zallian, based on the novel by Stieg Larsson Starring: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright, Joelly Richardson Third time turns out to be the charm for me. Didn’t much like the book-the first 75 pages turned me away twice. The first film version was better for me than the book since it did away with some of that early, boring stuff and offered a sensational performance by Noomi Rapace. But all in all, the second version of the film gets my vote. PLOT: Does anyone need to read this? Probaby...

Film Review: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE-GHOST PROTOCOL

Directed by Brad Bird Written by Josh Applebaun and Andre Nemec Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Tom Wilkinson Once upon a time I was a Tom Cruise fan. And then I wasn’t. And despite the great job he does in MI-GP, and he certainly does, it is impossible to imagine him playing an ordinary person with any credibility. He is both larger and smaller than life. Maybe it is too late in his career to attempt to play the kind of parts George Clooney and Brad Pitt play, but it sure would be fun to watch him try. His posturing and lack of depth would grind most movies to a halt—but in a movie like this...