Happiness may be a warm blanket, but Justice is a Bullet to the Head

Review of Bullet to the Head, Directed by Walter Hill By COYLE NEAL This movie is a combination of the original graphic novel and all previous Stallone movies (except possibly that soccer one). And… I don’t actually think I’m exaggerating much. In addition to the cameo photograph from the Rambo series, the plot is basically an [Read More...]

Slaughterhouse-Five

Review of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut By COYLE NEAL Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time. That is, he does not live from second to second as most of us do, but instead jumps to the future, and then back to the past, and then again to the present (whatever that means—it can be hard [Read More...]

In Defense of Burning Witches

Review of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Directed by Tommy Wirkola By COYLE NEAL Deep in the woods of Germany, a sinister plot is brewing—and the brew will be seasoned with twelve kidnapped children from nearby Augsburg. Enter Hansel and Gretel: orphans, siblings, and professional witch hunters hired by the city to rescue the children. [Read More...]

Les Miserable, a second take

Review of Les Miserables, Directed by Tom Hooper By COYLE NEAL “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” Luke 17:33 I went into Les Miserables without having read the book or seen the musical or previous film adaptations (though I have read The [Read More...]

Screwtape Redux

Review of Operation Screwtape by Andrew Farley By COYLE NEAL This book probably needs no summarization. If you are any kind of literate Christian, you’ve probably been at least indirectly exposed to C.S. Lewis’ masterpiece The Screwtape Letters. Andrew Farley has updated Lewis’ work to meet the needs of the 21st century by providing this [Read More...]

Coyle’s Best of 2012

By COYLE NEAL I can’t claim that these are the best books of 2012, but they are the ones that I read that stand out the most from my Goodreads list. Fiction The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak: This young adult novel explores the power of words through a compelling plot narrated by Death himself. [Read More...]

Cirque du Soleil: A James Cameron Filmmaking Dictionary

Review of Cirque du Soleil, Directed by James Cameron By COYLE NEAL James Cameron’s Cirque du Soleil is a regular Pandora’s box of titanic proportions. It is a masterpiece of cinematic excellence and a film course all rolled into one. Merely watching this movie will teach you all about what makes a great film. As I [Read More...]

Reaching for Justice

Review of Jack Reacher, Directed by Christopher McQuarrie By COYLE NEAL Tom Cruise’s latest movie is both unfortunately and fortunately timed. It is unfortunately timed because of how it opens—with a sniper randomly shooting people in Pittsburgh. Suspect James Barr is quickly caught, and before being put in a coma by a brutal prison beating, [Read More...]

Commies Beware!

Review of The Wonderful O by James Thurber By COYLE NEAL An important introductory disclaimer: if you haven’t already read The Wonderful O, stop reading this review now. Nothing I have to say will be anywhere near as interesting as what Thurber has written. Which also stands as a good general rule: if you have [Read More...]

Cranky Old Man writes the Apocalypse

Review of Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy By COYLE NEAL In Walker Percy’s Love in the Ruins, society has begun to slide towards the logical conclusions of the 1960s. In the moral wasteland that America has become, Dr. Thomas More has invented “More’s Qualitative Quantitative Ontological Lapsometer”—a machine that measures and corrects the [Read More...]


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