Justify My Netflix: Anonymous
Today's movie: The surprisingly great "Shakespeare was a fraud!" genre thriller "Anonymous," deliberately silly and over the top at every single moment it can get away with it, which bombed not because of its quality but because of an inept marketing campaign that tried to present the film and its conspiracy theories as serious. Posted on by Jason Pettus 
Your micro-review roundup: 28 February 2012
Today, short reviews of four recently read books: The short absurdist comedies "Spurious" and "Dogma" by philosopher Lars Iyer, two-thirds of a coming trilogy that pays ode to Samuel Beckett; the extremely disappointing "Historian" meets "Da Vinci Code" set within the Weimar film industry, Juergen Fauth's "Kino;" and Chicagoan Patrick Somerville's dark story collection "The Universe in Miniature in Miniature," profoundly more satisfying than his lackluster last, "The Cradle." Posted on by Jason Pettus 
It’s day six of Jason Fisk’s virtual author tour!
Greetings from day six of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his "hyperfiction" story collection from last summer, "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today we've got a very special treat to start week two of the tour; turns out that Jason recently did a reading from the book for Victor David Giron's Curbside Splendor, which got turned into a professional small film by Garett Holden for the Curbside website. Click through for the link! Posted on by Jason Pettus 
Justify My Netflix: Drive
Today's movie: "Drive," which at first seems like just another cheesy retro-'80s genre flick by obscure Danish indie darling Nicolas Winding Refn, but which like the best of Michael Mann gets under your skin with its moody stylistic touches and inspired casting choices. For maximum enjoyment, keep your expectations low! Posted on by Jason Pettus 
It’s day five of Jason Fisk’s virtual author tour!
Greetings from day five of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his "hyperfiction" story collection from last summer, "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today, a very special treat to wrap up week one of the tour -- an actual twenty-minute audio interview between Fisk and Jason Behrends over at his popular indie-rock/spoken-word "Orange Alert" podcast. Click through for the link! Posted on by Jason Pettus