Tag Archives: dystopia

December 2023/January-February 2024 Viewing Diary

The Golden Bachelor Watched – in great hilarity – with Karen and Allison during a raucous sleepover, and Carol pulled up on FaceTime. So we could watch together. The whole thing is so ridiculous. Maestro (2023; d. Bradley Cooper) I … Continue reading

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Substack: Nuclear winter television events in 1983-84

On my Substack I wrote about three television events which aired in the jittery world of 1983-84, all of which depict the aftermath of a nuclear bomb: the BBC’s Threads, aired only twice, scarring a generation, the American version, The … Continue reading

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Review: Light of My Life (2019)

Light of My Life, a dystopian father-daughter survival drama, is Casey Affleck’s narrative feature directorial debut. He also wrote and starred. I found it quite effective. My review of Light of My Life is now up at Rogerebert.com.

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Review: Downsizing (2017)

Oh dear. My review of Alexander Payne’s latest is now up at Rogerebert.com.

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Review: The Discovery (2017)

Unfortunately, this is my second negative review for “Women Writers Week” on Rogerebert.com. I am the Crankypants of the Ladies. My review of The Discovery is now up at Rogerebert.com.

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Review: The Lobster (2016)

I loved this cynical bitter film, by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (making his English-language film debut). I was afraid it would cop out at the end. It doesn’t. And as someone who “identifies” as a cultural outlaw, a renegade, an … Continue reading

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Review: The 5th Wave (2016)

I loved the books by Rick Yancey (two out so far, the third coming out in May, apparently). I had hoped that … the movie would be good. I really did. Those books are RICH with excellent material. Sadly, it’s … Continue reading

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The Congress (2014); directed by Ari Folman

The Congress, directed by Ari Folman, and starring Robin Wright as a sci-fi version of herself, knocked the wind out of me. It set off a series of echoing reverberations in my mind that are still going on, days after … Continue reading

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Review: The Giver (2014)

My review of the film version of The Giver, the Lois Lowry classic is now up at Rogerebert.com.

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Snowpiercer (2014); directed by Bong Joon Ho

In order to combat global warming, various nations on the planet decide to inject the atmosphere with a coolant. The film opens with a bright blue sky, and three planes careening by far above, leaving behind a white trail of … Continue reading

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