Liberty Hill, TX

It was the type of cabin that exuded “we’ll laugh about this someday” energy. The bed was so short that my feet hung off the end, the bathroom that threatened to set my hair on fire (it’s complicated) had no door, and the water was literally purified by sulfur. I’m sure I found these quirks… Continue reading Liberty Hill, TX

Enchanted Rock, TX

I had a couple hours to kill before leaving Fredericksburg when I spotted this childhood destination on a map. With nothing more than vague heat-drenched memories of being dragged to "interesting" places by my mom, I decided to check it out and hopefully spot a bird or two before continuing on the drive. It was… Continue reading Enchanted Rock, TX

Jurassic Park, Michael Bay Edition

We've seen  a much better version of this movie before... decades ago. Chris Pratt stars as our raptor-training hero. He's a dino expert with a heart of gold and a cocksure attitude. At the best of times times, he actually felt like an amalgamation of Malcolm and Grant from Jurassic Park. He's joined on the island by Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent… Continue reading Jurassic Park, Michael Bay Edition

Stranger Things, Perfect Things: More Than Just Nostalgia

I love this so much. Let's start there. Spoiler-free review. The storytelling on display in Stranger Things is so entrenched in who I am as an adult that there was no way for this not to feel personal. At a time where pop-culture references get tacked on to token pseudo-geeks, the dialogue between the friends in Stranger Things felt like an honest necessary… Continue reading Stranger Things, Perfect Things: More Than Just Nostalgia

The First Eight Minutes of Stranger Things

This. Is. Perfect. Even though these are the first 8 minutes of the series, I felt like it was seasons into the show—I identified with the characters that much and that quickly. It feels like a mashup of Goonies, X-Files, and even a little Twin Peaks. The score is fantastic. It's loud and obvious and… Continue reading The First Eight Minutes of Stranger Things

At the Shores of Lantiga – Session 2

The below game takes place weekly on a Google Hangouts call with players in Texas, Brooklyn, Long Island, and Southern California. We're playing Dungeons & Dragons, 5th edition. The Party Rolen: Half-Elf Druid Gokta: Half-Orc Priest Marook: Human Warlock A BRISK WALK IN THE MOONLIGHT Rolen stood in the town square, listening to the approaching guards… Continue reading At the Shores of Lantiga – Session 2

The Martian: Elevating the Source Material

All too often, the book a film is based on becomes the default watermark for the story being told. And why shouldn’t it be? After all, it existed first, doesn’t that inherently make it the ideal form of the story? Some would say that the more you stray from the source material, the less successful your… Continue reading The Martian: Elevating the Source Material