I Review Christopher Beha’s New Novel of Reality-TV Redemption

for AmCon: Christopher Beha’s Arts & Entertainments is built around a classic morality-tale structure: the devil’s bargain, the spiraling consequences, the choice between a good reputation and a good conscience.Eddie Hartley is an acting teacher of the “those who can’t do” type, whose marriage is being ground down by his wife Susan’s longing for the children they can’t conceive on their own. To pay for another round of IVF treatments, Hartley sells a sex tape from his youthful relationsh … [Read more...]

From Helen Oyeyemi, “The Opposite House”

Despina's [wedding] dress was the second most beautiful in the world--this dress was satin, with a mist of silver mesh, the kind of dress that makes its wearer look newly wept. … [Read more...]

From Christopher Beha, “Arts and Entertainments”

"Eddie, this is Geena Tuff from Star Style. I'm calling to see if you'd like to sit down with me for an interview.""No thanks.""Think of it as a unique opportunity to get your side of the story on the record.""I don't really have a side of the story." --Eddie Hartley, saying something we should all say more often … [Read more...]

All My Musical Rosary Posts in One Place

For your convenience. My favorites as freestanding posts were Presentation and Resurrection.#1--Annunciation#2--Visitation#3--Nativity#4--Presentation#5--Finding Jesus in the Temple#6--Agony in the Garden#7--Scourging at the Pillar#8--Crowning with Thorns#9--Carrying the Cross#10--Crucifixion#11--Resurrection#12--Ascension#13--Descent of the Holy Spirit#14--Assumption#15--Crowning of Mary, Queen of Heaven … [Read more...]

HEY Remember That Movie I Loved, About Same-Sex Attracted Catholics?

You can watch it online now!! Here's my review; here's the movie. Now you have your plans for this evening. … [Read more...]

Too Many Motives, Not Enough… Moat?: I Watch “The Bad Sleep Well”

Sometimes you just can't find the right headline for your post.Anyway, I recently watched Akira Kurosawa's epic tale of postwar building corruption, The Bad Sleep Well. It's mostly great! The opening scene, at a tense paparazzi-stalked wedding, is unforgettable. Most of the characters are on a wildly tilting seesaw of conscience and complicity: wastrel heir Tatsuo, fearful and sheltered heiress Yoshiko (who's mostly a pawn, not a person, but she's an interesting pawn), mysterious newcomer … [Read more...]

I Watch “Deliver Us from Evil”

for AmSpec. I've now read a couple other horror fans' reviews, and they have the same mix of "There's clearly something interesting here, yet the execution is off somehow--bland, reliant on cliche, SOMETHING's not right." This even though they pick out different and in some cases opposite elements to praise or criticize. My conclusion is that the specific bits of the movie you find powerful or frustrating may vary, but there's something lacking in it, something a bit paint-by-numbers and … [Read more...]


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