Today Mrs. Desperado and I review the delightful 2015 steampunk animation “April and the Extraordinary World.” Watch it here.
Over the last few years, Mrs. Desperado and I have become serious anime fans. On the rare occasions when we can see a new show on the big screen, we jump at the chance. Recently we saw “Weathering With You” a feature-length anime by Makoto Shinkai, creator of the acclaimed 2016 film “Your Name,” which […]
I grew up watching James Bond movies and loved the outrageous tongue-in-cheek spy thrillers starring Ian Fleming’s iconic character. As our society has become more politically correct, the great Bond has been bowdlerized. He seduces fewer women, drinks less, and doesn’t smoke. Worse yet, the fanciful over-the-top plots that characterized Bond films from the 1960s […]
When as a student in elementary school, I first heard about the underground railroad, I was disappointed to discover it was only a metaphor. In Colson Whitehead’s alternate history, The Underground Railroad, it has real steam locomotives. Though the book won a Pulitzer Prize in 2017, I hadn’t heard of it until I saw a […]
In science fiction, I have my specific interests, such as steampunk and alternate history. I didn’t pay attention to annual awards until the “Sad Puppies” controversy* concerning the politicization of the Hugos arose in 2013. I heard about Scalzi due to his feud with right-wing sci-fi/fantasy author Vox Day regarding this movement. I’ve read several […]