Book Review—Wolf In White Van By John Darnielle

I know I’m a little old to say that a rock band changed my life, but The Mountain Goats did. The first time I heard “This Year” on The Mountain Goats thousandth album (No, they haven’t recorded a thousand albums, but damn they’re prolific) The Sunset Tree, something just clicked and I proceeded to listen […]

10-Minute Read Review—“Ghost Story” By Victor LaValle

Back in the day when I first started reviewing and I was writing for the old BSCReview (This eventually became a website called BOOMTron, and we all stopped writing for it, and put our full efforts into Spinetingler Magazine), I used to write a column called “Short Thoughts On Short Fiction”. The column was originally […]

Terribleminds Flash Fiction Challenge: 100 Words Only

I’ve been in front of the computer all morning trying my best to ignore the siren song of the internet. Needless to say, it’s been a losing battle. I’ve trolled the usual social media and news sites (all of which are overly concerned with Ted Cruz running for president) numerous times and have gone to […]

The New Mad Max Looks Shitty

There’s no easy way to say this, because I like all of the actors involved, and I absolutely love The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. But Mad Max: Fury Road looks like 200,000 pounds of runny shit.  George Miller should’ve left the franchise alone and should’ve just moved onto another project. Here’s the […]

Book Review—‘The Wilds’ By Julia Elliot

I’m going to rip off something from Matt Bell’s Facebook page for my review of The Wilds By Julia Elliot: “It’s easier for people to let go if the world is strange. In a realist story, it sometimes feels like you’re reading someone else’s story. In a certain kind of non-realist story, the slight unfamiliarity […]

Kind Of A Movie Review—Nightcrawler

  Mrs. Rawson and I went to Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut, Nightcrawler, on Saturday. Here are a few random impressions. 1) “If you want to win the lottery, you have to earn the money to pay for the ticket.” 2) I’ll flat out say it: After Zodiac, End of Watch, Prisoners, Enemy (Seriously, if you […]

Kind Of A Movie/Book Review—The Drop By Dennis Lehane

I saw The Drop with Mrs. Rawson yesterday (The first time I’ve actually gone to a theater to see a film in awhile.) and I read the novel earlier in the month. So, I figured instead of writing two separate reviews, I’d offer up some dual, random impressions about both. 1) First off, Lehane wrote both […]

Kind of a Movie Review—Small Apartments

  I re-watched (I watched it originally with Mrs. Rawson and a friend visiting from New Hampshire about a year ago.) Small Apartments by Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund last night. Here are some quick impressions. 1) Mustard and deli pickles, who the fuck eats that? 2) James Cann! 3) Our lead, Franklin (Played by Matt Lucas), […]

Kind Of A Movie Review—Blue Ruin

I watched indie cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier’s award-winning revenge flick, Blue Ruin, with Mrs. Rawson last night. Here are some quick impressions. 1) The protagonist, Dwight, is a nothing of a human being. He exists entirely below the surface of every day life. He lives is his car on a beach in Maryland, scavenges bottles and […]

Kind of a Movie Review— Nymphomaniac

  I watched Lars Von Tier’s four-hour long epic, Nymphomaniac, last night. Here are some quick impressions. 1) Nymphomaniac is easily Von Tier’s most accessible work to date and I would actually recommend it to the uninitiated. 2) Yes, the subject matter is shocking, but not in the way I thought it would be. The […]