Why Practical Magic Works

As a witch, Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman is required reading. I’ve of course seen the movie countless times. But I only recently cracked into the novel. It was a far different journey than the one I was expecting. I’m not the only person to mention this, but the movie is far different than theContinue reading “Why Practical Magic Works”

Why Futurama Works

As I mentioned last week, Futurama is one of my favorite television shows of all time. I’ve watched it a hundred times. The darling husband and I quote the show almost daily. There are some episodes I can’t watch because they’re too emotionally damaging. There are some I could watch every day and not getContinue reading “Why Futurama Works”

Why Only Murders In The Building Works

A few months ago, everyone was talking about Only Murders in The Building. Even one of my favorite writing podcasts, Ditch Diggers, discussed it. It was for a time everybody’s favorite show. And I’m part of Everybody. I watched every episode, and couldn’t wait for the next one. Honestly, with comedy writing legends like SteveContinue reading “Why Only Murders In The Building Works”

Why Velvet Was The Night Works

Velvet Was The Night is the latest novel by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia. We’ve talked about several of her books in the past, including Mexican Gothic and God of Jade and Shadows. She has no trouble genre-hopping, going from horror to fantasy to political noir without missing a beat. Through each genre hop, some things remain constant.Continue reading “Why Velvet Was The Night Works”

Why Loki didn’t work

We talked about Wandavision, and how it collectively broke us. We talked about Falcon and Winter Soldier, and how it revealed dark truths and personal growth. Now, let’s talk about Loki. I’d describe Loki as the Booberry of the Halloween cereal trinity. It’s fine, but if there’s Count Chocula or Frankenberry I’m grabbing those first. Continue reading “Why Loki didn’t work”

Why Falcon and The Winter Soldier works

Released this spring over six weeks, Falcon and Winter Soldier was a huge hit. I certainly watched every episode. It wasn’t as funny as Loki. It wasn’t as emotionally devastating as Wandavision. But it was great. It was a solid political intrigue terrorist story, with some superhero antics thrown in for good measure. Let’s talkContinue reading “Why Falcon and The Winter Soldier works”

Why Resident Alien Works

Premiering in January of this year, Resident Alien is based on a Dark Horse comic. Proving once again that some fantastic writers are working in comics. It’s funny, it’s emotional, and it’s on our table today. We’re going to break it apart and discuss why it works.  The story is simple enough. An alien intendingContinue reading “Why Resident Alien Works”

Why The Good Place Works

I know, I’m behind. But I finally just watched all of The Good Place in the span of like, a week. I went into it knowing almost nothing about the show. I knew it was about ‘the good place’. That was it. If you’ve never seen the show before, click away now. Because you don’tContinue reading “Why The Good Place Works”