Archive for October, 2023

Review: Home is a Hotel

— by BEV QUESTAD — Back in the ’70s, US Bank was considering buying up property in the old part of Portland, Oregon, where the “bums” hung out in dilapidated, tiny one room old hotels with a shared bathroom down the hall. My housemate was the US Bank project coordinator[...]

Review: Glorious

— by WILLIAM STERR — Have you ever stopped along the highway at a rest-stop bathroom? If so, you know what a disgusting, even harrowing, experience it can be. Following some sort of breakup with his girlfriend, Brenda (Sylvia Grace Crim – “The Hunt”), Wes (Ryan Kwanten – [...]

Review: Americanish

— by BEV QUESTAD — “Take off your scarf and wax your mustache!” orders Maryam’s anxious mom, Khala. She knows the importance of Americanization. After she immigrated to the US years ago with her Pakistani husband and two daughters, he promptly left her to search for an American wom[...]

Review: Superpower

— by BEV QUESTAD — Individualist and political activist Sean Penn, possibly cringing at so public a media display, stepped onto talk show sets to promote his new movie, “Superpower.” Sean Hannity tried to engage him in political sparring, but he quietly just said, “I don’t agree [...]

Review: Suitable Flesh

— by WILLIAM STERR — Screenwriter Dennis Paoli (“Re-Animator,” “From Beyond,” “Dagon”) has successfully adapted several tales by H. P. Lovecraft. His latest (actually two decades in process) is “Suitable Flesh,” an adaptation of Lovecraft’s “The Thing on the Doorstep.[...]

Review: Miranda’s Victim

— by WILLIAM STERR — Patricia Weir is a shy, sexually inexperienced high school girl in Phoenix in 1963. She has a hectoring mother who is always after her to be prim and proper, and to be mindful of what the rest of society thinks of her. One late Saturday night, Patricia is on a [&hell[...]

Review: And Then Come the Nightjars

— by WILLIAM STERR — Nightjars are medium-sized birds that are active at dusk and in the night, closely related to whip-or-wills. Like those birds, they are superstitiously viewed as harbingers of disaster or death. Devonshire, England. 2001. One of the worst outbreaks of foot and mouth [...]