Total Oblivion

"A fast-paced, suspenseful dystopian picaresque, part Huck Finn and part bizarro-world Swiss Family Robinson..."



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Skinny Dipping

Long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Crawford Award. Title short story listed for the 2000 O. Henry award.

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Goblin Mercantile Exchange

Futures, Options, and Swaps (the weblog of Alan DeNiro)


Really sharp reading of the mind-boggling X3, from Jane Dark’s sugarhigh!: One by one, the X-Women are stripped of their powers: by cure, by election, and by death…The idea of the aging babe as destroyer of worlds belongs to Hollywood itself, wherein “world” always means market share.

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Mon, June 12 2006 » Movies/TV » 2 Comments

Is it just me #354: Kegger Edition

Has anyone else noticed a lot more groundling crowd noise on The Daily Show and the Colbert Report? A lot more time between jokes that the hosts have had to settle people down? A lot more random (young dude-ish) shouting at the top of the lungs: “Yeeaaaaaah!” or “Wooooooooooo!”? What’s…going…on?

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Fri, April 21 2006 » Movies/TV » 1 Comment


Kristin and I saw V for Vendetta over the weekend. We loved it. Aside from the sociopolitical rabble-rousing (which was great), I really liked that it was actually…well-plotted. It didn’t have excess-fat scenes of, say, going into a basement to speak to a crazy Tim Robbins. It didn’t have that writing-by-committee feeling at all. I [...]

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Mon, April 10 2006 » Movies/TV » No Comments

Oscar post montage

This is a montage of an Oscar post. First of all, please do not read this Oscar post on your computer. It should only be viewed on the widescreen. I want to reiterate that. It’s a communal experience. And once more, please do not read this on your computer. Watch this blog in a large-screen [...]

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Mon, March 6 2006 » Movies/TV » 1 Comment

Monday Mornings, Brighter

Monday Morning Quarterback at Box Office Prophets is back. Love it: Tim Briody: I imagine the Saw III script doesn’t have a word written yet, but they’ve already got it written in for a fall release. Kim Hollis: Which is more or less how Saw II went. *And* they can increase the budget by like [...]

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Mon, January 9 2006 » Movies/TV » No Comments

Last Time I Checked, Jesus Wasn’t a Lion

From The Colbert Report: “This movie’s been labeled a Christian allegory, just because its hero, “Aslan the lion,” sacrifies his life on a hilltop to save the world, and through the power of love rises from the grave to defeat evil. Sorry, doesn’t work as an allegory. Last time I checked, Jesus wasn’t a lion. [...]

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Wed, December 14 2005 » Movies/TV, Polis » 4 Comments

Man-squito 1, Literature 0

Add my voice to the chorus of “God, idiots!” about the closing of Scifiction. Part of me is amazed it lasted as long as it did. But I also think this is indicative of not just the Sci-Fi Channel, but cable channels in general, and what they seek to do with their properties, websites, etc. [...]

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Mon, November 14 2005 » Fiction, Movies/TV » 2 Comments

The Prestige: A Failsafe Movie?!?

I was reading an article about the latest Batman DVD release and came across this: Chistopher Nolan adapting a Chistopher Priest novel, starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale. I’ve been burned on this front many times before, but my hopes are really, really high for this.

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Tue, October 18 2005 » Movies/TV » No Comments

Thoughts on Serenity Box Office

So the numbers for Serenity have been pretty underwhelming. I don’t think there will be a full-length Serenity 2 because of this. Sure, the DVD sales will more than make up for production costs but I think everyone was hoping for a little more buzz and build. My prediction is that if Serenity 2 does [...]

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Tue, October 11 2005 » Movies/TV » 14 Comments

Grimm Redux

I guess I should add that I didn’t hate Brothers Grimm. I think people’s (justified) negative reactions about it had quashed my high expectations of the movie. It did seem that there was a good movie somewhere in that mess. But that good movie, for some unknown reason, had been converted into a low-res Quicktime [...]

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Thu, September 29 2005 » Movies/TV » No Comments

What’s with Elijah Wood and THOSE EYES? Every Sin Thing Is City Illuminated is going to be the greatest movie of all time!!!

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Tue, September 20 2005 » Movies/TV » No Comments

Stealth Island!

A regular guilty pleasure: Box Office Prophets’ Monday Morning Quarterback: Kim Hollis: Stealth and The Island are now conglomerated into one film for me. It’s the doomed Stealth Island Project of July, 2005. David Mumpower: Stealth Island costs $300 million to make and market with guaranteed in-take of $30 million! It’s Enron Economics! Kim: Is [...]

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Mon, August 1 2005 » Movies/TV » 1 Comment

A Scanner Crappy?

I saw the preview for A Scanner Darkly last night. Either it’s going to be the best Dick adaptation ever, or the greatest sucktitude vortex of all time. (My expectations are pretty low when it comes to these kinds of hopes. 8 or so still years later, I’m still smarting from Johnny “I…want…room service!” Mnemonic.)

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Fri, July 22 2005 » Movies/TV » 3 Comments

Time of the Wolf

Except for the ending, or lack thereof (there are good elliptical endings and there are bad ones), Time of the Wolf was one of the best science fiction films I’ve seen this year. It’s more than the anti-War of the Worlds; it’s an anti-28 Days Later. The work it reminded me most of is Maureen’s [...]

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Thu, July 7 2005 » Movies/TV » 3 Comments

Important Cinematic Question

What I want to know about, after seeing Batman Begins is: how does this fit in continuity-wise with Catwoman?!? WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY? I’m sure Mr. Nolan fretted about this…a great deal.

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Tue, June 21 2005 » Movies/TV » No Comments

I have a question to ask. More of a challenge. Has there been any movie with Judge Reinhold in it that has NOT had an “Eighties Montage”? You know what I’m talking about-the Bette Midler workout montage in Ruthless People, car-washing montage in Fast Times. Crappy 80s music, while not a requirement, is often present. [...]

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Sun, March 6 2005 » Movies/TV » 1 Comment

I have to admit that I’m looking forward to Mos Def in the role of Ford Prefect in the upcoming Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie.

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Fri, February 4 2005 » Movies/TV » No Comments

Still, still trying to figure out the mass psychosis that is known as “critical adoration of Sideways“. Any ideas? ps, if you haven’t seen it…it’s a miserable, thuggish movie, that only grows more in misery when you recollect it, and the individual funny bits fade from memory. Someone on the IMDB boards posting something like [...]

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Wed, December 15 2004 » Movies/TV » 4 Comments

Maybe the best science fiction show on television isn’t what you’d expect. What show does a better job of delineating the effects of technology on society (on society’s bodies) than Nip/Tuck?

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Tue, August 3 2004 » Movies/TV » No Comments

Nexus of Evil Exposed Regarding “Garfield’s” surprisingly strong bow, an upbeat Bruce Snyder, president of domestic distribution at Fox, said: “We had great matinees on Friday due to schools observing President Ronald Reagan’s funeral. So between the holiday and Garfield’s huge fan base, we had a terrific Friday, and it continued through the weekend.” So [...]

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Mon, June 14 2004 » Movies/TV » 4 Comments