American Horror Story: Freak Show – Season 4, Episode 9: “Tupperware Party Massacre”

Throughout this season, Dandy Mott has been trying to find himself. When we first meet Dandy, he identifies with Elsa’s freaks and truly feels that he would be at home with them. As the season progresses, however, Twisty the Clown takes him in as a protege of sorts, and Dandy starts identifying as a clown-costume-clad psychotic murderer. Dandy abandons this persona upon falling in love with Bette Tattler, and ultimately it is her rejection that leaves him completely perplexed regarding his place in this world. “Tupperware Party Massacre” features Dandy’s self-awakening: he is a god, and he has fully embraced his destiny. Continue reading…

Every Day is an Atheist Holiday by Penn Jillette

I adore Penn Jillette, and I am a huge fan of his book God, No! I initially was drawn to his book because I love Penn and Teller and I was looking to be entertained. I found what I was looking for, but I was surprised to also find a well-supported argument in support of atheism. Every Day is an Atheist Holiday is more of the same, but not in a bad way. Jillette’s authorial voice is distinctive and sarcastic, yet he manages to sneak in these nuggets of wisdom that force the reader to consider his opinions. Continue reading…

Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography by Rob Lowe

I have always been vaguely aware of Rob Lowe, but it has only been within the last two months or so that I have developed a full-blown crush on the man. This is largely due to my recent binge-watching of the entire Parks and Recreation series, paired with Lowe’s new Direct TV commercials. Both are amazing. Other than that, the only things I knew about Rob Lowe were that he played my favorite character in the mini-series based on The Stand (LOVE Nick Andros) and that at one time, he was involved in some sort of sex scandal. Deciding that it was high time that I learned more about this man, I purchased his book. Continue reading…

Jim Henson: The Biography

Since finishing Jim Henson: The Biography, I keep finding myself thinking how sad it is that he died. The man died over twenty years ago, but this biography has sincerely caused me to mourn for this man for the first time in my life. This is quite significant – I was raised on Sesame Street and The Muppets. Kermit is one of my all-time favorite fictional characters (second only to Dr. Ian Malcolm, but it’s a close second). In spite of this fan worship, I knew very little about the man behind The Muppets; now I do. Continue reading…

The Walking Dead: Season 5, Episode 7 – “Crossed”

In yet another largely unimpressive season, some of The Walking Dead‘s most interesting scenes this year concern the church, and, more specifically, involve Father Gabriel. When audiences were initially introduced to this character, he was annoying, meek, and naive. As the season has progressed, he is still annoying, but he has also proven himself to be crafty, surprisingly capable, and probably evil. Continue reading…

A Simple Plan by Scott Smith

A Simple Plan is one of those truly rare instances in which the film is actually better than the book. Not that the book is bad – it’s actually quite good – but since author Scott Smith also wrote the screenplay, he was able to edit out the aspects of the plot that just didn’t work out very well. So, while the novel is definitely worth reading, if I had to pick one, I would go with the movie.

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The Walking Dead: Season 5, Episode 6 – “Consumed”

I am still missing what is so awful about Grady Memorial Hospital. I, for one, would not hesitate to indefinitely mop floors if it meant sterile living conditions and food. Beth just needs to shut her face and be nice to Dawn. I guess she won’t have to, though, since apparently Daryl has gone back to camp to summon the reinforcements. There has to be a big, ominous standoff between Team Rick and a “threatening” outside establishment – this type of battle has become typical of the midseason finale. I hate when things become typical on The Walking DeadContinue reading…