Audio Drama Sunday: We’re Alive

Like many people, "We're Alive" was one of the first audio dramas that I listened to when I delved into the new (to me) world of television for the ears. Early on in my listening experience, I was hooked by the depth and execution of the foley work, the realism of the characters' choices, and how Kc Wayland managed to bring a new and believable villain to the world of zombies. "We're Alive," in a lot of ways, is better than shows like "The Walking Dead," a powerhouse of the zombie genre...

KCRW’s “Here Be Monsters” : Podcast Review

A podcast about the unknown. And fear, impromptu home surgery, beetles that are fed with meat, and a guy that hangs out in the graves he's dug before the dead people are brought over (by the funeral home, relax). But mostly fear. The brainchild of a young and worried about the world and future and things in the world that are in the future man named Jeff Entmen, "Here Be Monsters" is a podcast which is best described as a curated collection of existential crises. But that's not all there is to it.

“Einstein’s Dreams” by Alan Lightman: Fiction Book Review

If you come across "Einstein's Dreams" on a shelf somewhere, the subscript below the title, "A Novel", may feel a little misleading after you've reached the end of the book. Of the small book's 140 pages, 15 of them (I counted!) contain the actual "plot" of the book, with small snippets of time shared by Einstein and Besso, the Glaucon to Einstein's Socrates...

How Not To Be A “Kitchen Nightmare”

I don't know about you, but there's just something about an angry Scotsman yelling at incompetent restaurateurs that just seems a bit right.  After watching every episode of Kitchen Nightmares, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (Chef is way more chilled out in his home country), and even Hotel Hell, I can pretty confidently say that I think I've got the formula down.  In story terms, the episodes are largely the same format: "We don't know what the problem is!" "You're the problem!" "Wow, such renovations!" "Hopefully it works out!" [Jump to credits/one potato two potato advert].  But there's also themes in where the businesses on the show go wrong, and it mirrors issues that are common to writers.

Short Film Review: 850 Meters

For fame and fortune!!!! Quick quiz: what do a knight, princess, tall tower, and dragon have in common? If you guessed that the knight is trying to slay the dragon and save the princess (who it just happens will fall in love with him), then you've guessed right! Or you know, you know the story of Rapunzel or Shrek, or literally any knight & princess & dragon related fairy tale. And you don't know what's coming next in 850 Meters.