This will be what the Internet calls a "spoilery" discussion of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code: the book and the film it launched, starring Tom Hanks.
We're going to briefly discuss the gigantic missed opportunity that this film seems to have had in the palm of its hand, but let get away. This, unfortunately, leaves us with something generic, forgettable, and disposable.
Let's say a few words --- and I mean a very few words --- about a 1973 science fiction-ish, film called "Soylent Green," starring Charleton Heston, ably assisted by another big screen legend: Edward G. Robinson.
I mean to say a few words --- and I mean a very few words --- about two substandard offerings from the film noir genre: Little Caesar and The Sniper.
This is a movie review of a 1958 crime drama, "Murder by Contract."
This is another review of a film noir, those classic black-and-white crime films of the 30s, 40s, 50s, and early-60s.
This is a few quick words about the black and white crime drama, The Lineup.
I want to say a few words about a 1971 film called "The Panic in Needle Park," starring Al Pacino and Kitty Winn.
I mean to say a few words about a 2013 film starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman: The Identity Thief. I also want to ramble on a bit about the art of comedy in general.
This is a follow up to my previous essay: DC on Film: A Logical Incoherency. What if the suits had not panicked just because Man of Steel did not make a billion dollars-plus in worldwide ticket sales? A little "alternative history."
I want to say a few words about the Neil Simon film, from the 1970s, called "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers," and how this exemplifies proper comedy in film.
I am going to say a few words about two DC films: Man of Steel and Wonder Woman.
I am going to say a word about the DC Extended Universe on film, in the context of the business of cinema.
This is a spoiler-free review of the latest Melissa McCarthy triumph: The Happytime Murders.
I am going to quickly rundown five film: Hotel Transylvania 3; Incredibles 2; Ocean's 8; Ant-Man and The Wasp; and MIle 22.
I am going to talk a little --- a very little --- about a 2012 film: The Man with the Iron Fists.
I am going to talk, a little, about what I would like to see from a possible, upcoming Batman trilogy. I am giving my unasked for "two cents."
I am going to discuss Superman as a Christ allegory.
I want to talk about one of my favorite films: the classic crime psychodrama/"horror" film starring Vincent Price, "Theater of Blood" (1973).
I want to briefly discuss the shortcomings of the latest Fantastic Four film, as I see them, and talk about how I would have made the film differently, if I had my druthers.
This will be a short meditation on the nature of intelligence. I am specifically concerned with what "high stakes" standardized testing for school and so-called I.Q. tests cannot account for.
This essay is in response to a question posed by fellow "hubber," gmwilliams: Is religion the poor & uneducated person's psychology/psychiatry? Why?
I consider this installment number three of a series that began with "On the Question of the Existence of God: A Meditation."
This essay is a follow-up discussion to a previous hub I wrote, which is called "On the Question of the Existence of God: A Meditation."
This little essay is in response to a question posed by hubber, bradmasterOCcal, concerning immigration.
This essay is in response to a question posed by hubber, Grace Marguerite Williams.
This essay is in response to a question posed by hubber CH Elijah Sadaphal. We will speak of "freedom," using a specific case study.
This essay is in response to a question posed by hubber, OSBERT JOEL C.
This essay is a response to a question by Pollyannalana, pertaining to undocumented persons in the United States.
I am going to defend Hayden Christensen's performance in the two prequels.
Today we're doing a quick review of the crime thriller, Criminal Activities.
Today we're considering a wild romp of a film, "Smokin' Aces."
Today we're going to consider two films together, Sin City and its follow up, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
This piece will be a short meditation on "logic," including a critical analysis of the use of language.
This essay represents an amateur, informal linguistic autopsy of two swear words.
As the title says, this essay is a sketchy comparison of the some of the works of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft.
This is a short story about John Keep's proposal.
This essay is something of a critical appreciation of the ShowTime drama/crime story, "Billions" (Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis).
This is part three of Dr. Nell Irvin Painter's history of the concept of American "whiteness," titled, "The History of White People."
This is part two of a review of Dr. Nell Irvin Painter's "A History of White People."
We are doing a non-fiction book review of a work of cultural history by Dr. Nell Irvin Painter: "The History of White People."
This is part two of a book review: "News For All The People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media" by Juan Gonzalez and Joseph Torres.
Today we are reviewing the book: "News For All The People" by journalists, Juan Gonzalez and Joseph Torres.
This is part eleven and the conclusion of the series---this "textual-dialogue" with Susan Jacoby's "The Age of American Unreason."
We have more work to do; this is part nine of the book review or, if you prefer, "text-dialogue."
Welcome to part eight of this book "review" or text-dialogue.
This is part seven of the "review" of Susan Jacoby's book, "The Age of American Unreason."
This is part six of the review of "The Age of American Unreason."
This is part five of the non-fiction book review: Susan Jacoby's "The Age of American Unreason.
Today we're doing a review of a novel by science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick: "The Cosmic Puppets."
This is part four of this non-fiction book review: The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby.
This is part three of the review.
This is part two of a review of "The Age of American Unreason" by Susan Jacoby.
This essay is a review of a nonfiction book by Susan Jacoby called "The Age of American Unreason," a discourse on the state of American intellectual culture. This essay will be part one of that effort
This is a book review of a novel by science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick: "Our Friends From Frolix 8."
This essay is in response to a question by dashingscorpio: Do we believe that a transgendered person has a moral obligation to announce her status on first dates?
Today we're going to consider a collection of short stories by Richard Matheson.
This is a non-fiction book review of a general political history of Europe as a whole.
This is a short crime fiction work about "escape."
This is a brief essay about the dissolution of the Roman Empire.
This essay is a book review of a collection of short stories of science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick. This collection includes some of his early work.
Today we're going to consider Salman Rushdie's, "The Enchantress of Florencce.
We are doing two reviews of Philip K. Dick's literary novels, "In Milton Lumky Territory" and "Humpty Dumpty In Oakland."
Today we're taking a look at one of science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick's literary novels: The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike.
Today we're going to take a look at one of the more "literary" novels of the well known Sci-Fi author, Philip K. Dick.
Today its a quick run-down on another Philip K. Dick novel, "The Three Stigmata Of Palmer Eldritch."
Today we're going to say a word about a trilogy of novels by the late, great science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick: Valis; The Divine Invasion; and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer.
This is a book review of a short crime novel by Lawrence Block called "Borderline."
This is a book review of a compendium by Stephen King: Full Dark, No Stars.
We are reviewing a book by Stephen King, "Lisey's Story."
Today we're going to review the horror-genre novel, "A Dark Matter," by Peter Straub.
This is a short one, ostensibly, about blackmail.
We're going to take a look at a mystery story anthology.
Today we're going to look at a book by British novelist, Simon Brett, from his "Charles Paris" series.
This flash fiction piece involves an apple, a less than willing head, and a marksman, of sorts.
This is a flash fiction story, I suppose you could classify as a moment of "comic relief," in the way of what I like to call supernatural suspense.
This is a poem about an irritating social phenomenon.
This is a review of a crime drama called The Secret in Their Eyes.
This is part three of the saga of Emperor Rage.
This is part two of the futuristically-set saga of Emperor Rage.
This is a short story about intergalactic revenge.
This is a quick story that delivers on the promise of the title: Too Many Souls, Too Few Bodies.
This is a short story in the form of strictly dialogue. It is based on the idea that there are two sides, at least, to every story.
This is a movie review, ostensibly. However, we find ourselves, for much of the time, contemplating the question: What's the hold up with the Justice League live action movie?
This is part two of the story we began, the urban fantasy, which is also a character study in alienation.
This story is slightly absurdist urban fantasy. And yet I consider it a character study in alienation.
This is a movie review of the Mel Brooks farce, High Anxiety (1977).
This is a review of a "vampire" film called Only Lovers Left Alive.
This is a quick vampire story.
This is a review of the "pulp" or "exploitation" Sylvester Stallone film called " Bullet to the Head."
This is a quick story about the life of a professional historian.
This is the story about a guy who becomes a husband and stepfather, relatively late in life.
This is a short story about something you might call "justice."
This is a very short piece about, what you might call "bait and switch," if you like.
This is a short story of fear, violence, and evil.
This is a poem (song) that came to me, one day out of the blue.
This is a warped Genesis-based story about Adam and Eve and the story of "creation."
This essay is a book review of a mystery novel by Walter Mosley, called "Known To Evil."
This is a very short story about a hunter's "strange specialty."
This is a quick story about a mass murdering bigamist.
This essay is a book review of a book by the science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick.
This essay is in response to a question posed by a hubber, vveasey, eleven months ago: Why is God always depicted as a white man?
This essay is a review of the movie, Wild Wild West.
This essay is a review of the crime thriller starring Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, and Jada Pinkett-Smith.
This is a review of the movie, The Village (2004), by M. Night Shyamalan.
This essay is a review of the film, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) starring Forest Whitaker as the Ghost Dog.
This essay is both a book review of a novel by Simon Brett, called A Shock to the System, and the movie of the same name starring Michael Caine.
This essay is a review of the 2008 movie, Hancock, which will focus on two areas: Jason Bateman as an old school 'straight man' performer; and what I call the Kryptonite motif.
This essay is a meditation on two movies: Charlie's Angels (2000) and Charlie's Angels (2003).
This is a movie review which discusses Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter more as a socially and culturally important film, than as a strictly artistically satisfying one.
This is a review of the movie, "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," which is not really, strictly limited to an examination of THAT particular film itself. But you'll see what I mean soon.
This essay is a review of the 2005 Jim Carey movie, Fun with Dick and Jane, co-starring Tea Leoni.
This is a short story about a somewhat, seemingly unlikely music video star.
The following essay is a four-question review of the novel, "The Egyptologist" by Arthur Phillips.
This little essay is a review of the complete and uncut version of what is, perhaps, Stephen King's masterwork, "The Stand."
This is a quick one about a fellow late on his payments to his local, neighborhood, friendly loan shark.
This is story about a man who "discovers" that someone has stolen his brain, and what he does about it.
This is my first attempt at short fiction involving the Mafia in the 1950s. Its only fair that I warn you, the story is about 21,000 words.
This essay is a book review of a collection of stories by Lawrence Block called "Catch and Release."
This is a short story about a choice an unfortunate (depending on your perspective) young woman must make.
This little essay is in response to a question, concerning immigration into the United States, by a hubber called pollyannalana. We shall examine the question in view of labor and capital.
This is a short story about a man's quest to start a cult for fun and profit, with a little help from his friends.
This essay is a book review of a novel by Lawrence Block, "All The Flowers Are Dying."
This essay is a breakdown of a novel by James Ellroy: Blood's A Rover.
This is a short piece about killer triplets.
This story is a character study of a police detective called McKlaric, told in a relaxed, recollection-style narrative.
This is a little hub in which I want to attempt to clear up, what I perceive to be, some unfinished business. There is a question on the table from the hubber known as TheGlobeTrotter.
This story is a character study about a nameless protagonist, known only as the Comedian.
This, hopefully, short essay is a book review of the crime novel, The Last Don, by Mario Puzo, of the original 'The Godfather' (novel and movie) fame.
This essay is a review of 'The Godfather' Trilogy of novels by Mario Puzo and Mark Weingardner: The Godfather, The Godfather Returns, and The Godfather's Revenge.
This little essay is a review, component breakdown of a novel by the great Mario Puzo (of 'The Godfather' and 'The Last Don' fame) called Omerta---the Mafia vow of silence!
This short essay is a review of a crime novel by James Sallis called Drive.
This is a book review of the crime novel, The Killer Is Dying by James Sallis.
This essay is a review of the science fiction novel, Eye In The Sky, by Philip K. Dick.
This is simply an essay that concerns itself with a very simple question: Is science fiction the modern art of literature?
This essay is a little meditation on swearing, in response to a question posed by a hubber, sixteen months ago.
This is our first review of a politically-based book by James Ellroy: The Cold Six Thousand.
This short story---more of a vignette really---concerns one of the bumps in the road of narcotics trafficking.
This is a book review of a bit of short-form crime/mystery fiction, in the form of the book "Hollywood Nocturnes" by James Ellroy.
This essay is in response to a question posed by slappywalker: What is the difference between 'playing the race card' and calling attention to racial injustice? We'll have a look at it.
This little essay is in response to a question asked by a hubber, two years ago, but, perhaps, still on the minds of some people today: America--love it or leave it!
This is a review of a crime novel by James Ellroy, called "White Jazz."
This a review of a police procedural set in 1950s Los Angeles, by author James Ellroy.
This short essay is a review of Joyce Carol Oates's, "Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong."
This essay is a review of the science fiction novel, More Than Human(1953) by Theodore Sturgeon, part three of a series of American Science Fiction.
This is a little story about two guys talking.
I am going to use this essay to examine the question: Is the United States a Christian Country? Were the "Fathers of Our Country" Christians?
This essay is a review of the crime novel, "Hit Me," by Lawrence Block.
This essay is a review of the science fiction novel, The Long Tomorrow(1955) by Leigh Brackett.
This essay is a review of the science fiction novel, The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth.
This essay is a book review of a collection of science fiction short fiction: Year's Best SF 16.
This essay is a review of a book by Rolling Stone reporter, Matt Taibbi: "Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America."
This is a very quick, short snapshot into the life and times of three friends, partners in crime, hit men.
This is a little story about writing, and perhaps one or two other things.
This is a short story, a character study of the man, the myth, the legend of Lemley Lucent.
This essay is a review of a collection of short stories by science fiction author, Ray Bradbury.
This essay is a book review of a collection of short stories by the science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick.
This is a story about writing and a short, very short, violent exploration of the structure of evil.
This is a little narrative nugget about how tables can turn suddenly
This is story number two concerning the partners, Bert and Ernie, two of the CIA's best secret operatives.
This is a simple, short---very short--story about the vagaries of identity.
This essay is in response to a question asked by the hubber, BuffaloGal 1960: "Do you believe in global warming? Do you think the numbers are falsified? But what is it to "believe" in anything?
This is a short story that is not, I hope, without its irony.
This is a very short story about a serial killer.
This is simply a short story which is a take-off from a scene from the television show, Justified.
This is a short meditation on the true purpose of philosophy. The usual understanding of its aim and motivation is rather inaccurate, in my opinion. I hope this essay offers a challenging perspective.
Fellow hubber, alloporus, posed the question: Why is there often such a big difference between 'want' and 'need'? Looking at the matter carefully, one reaches some suprising conclusions.
This essay is a quick, ecclectic examination of the question: Why does the Devil purchase human souls? By rummaging through the unconscious wisdom of popular culture, I groped a surprising answer.
This is a short story about the narratives we tell ourselves, and how they hold up or fall apart, depending upon the circumstances.
This is something of a modern-day retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Narcissus.
This is the story of a man with periodic meltdown points.
This is another installment of my novel in progress, concerning the afterlife, which I add to as inspiration strikes. One of the protagonists, Mark, begins to doubt that he is the sole inheritor of the legacy of the One God.
This is a short story about nonsensical job interviews.
This is a very short story about the extension of mercy, of a sort, from an unexpected quarter.
This is another installment of my incrementally progressing novel about the afterlife.
This is a dramatic poem about the dissociative personality disorder of Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) in the movie based on the Stephen King short story, "The Secret Window."
This is an exploratory essay about schizophrenia, as is indicated in the title.
This is a poem based on the X-Men, which, somewhat takes issue with the typical reason for human hatred of mutants! LOL.
This is a dramatic poem based on the first "Underworld" movie.
This is a very short tale about an NFL quarterback.
This is a story about a professional killer who tries to find himself.
This is a story that asks the question, "What if the currency of exchange were stories instead of money?"
This is just a little verse inspired by the Kryptonian Phantom Zone!
This is just a dialogue, in verse, based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novel, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
In this essay I am taking on an ongoing controversy, here on HubPages: the debate between 'atheists' and 'theists' on the existence of God.
This is a short, psycho-horror story about schizophrenia. The style is of the absurdist tradition.
This is a short story about what we might call the "situational ethics" of war and torture.
This is a book review of John Grisham's novel -- one of my favorites by this author -- The Brethren.
This is a short crime story with a slight corporate motiff.
This is a review of the 1946 black-and-white film called "The Killers" starring the legendary Burt Lancaster and the incomparable Ava Gardner. If you enjoy the film noir genre, read this review, and then rent "The Killers" this weekend!
This is a story about a crack-shooting, dead-raising man, his zombie pal, and his loyal dog -- all in search of another man's soul.
This is a hub meant to examine the concept of 'reverse' racism/discrimination. My approach is to take a fairly critical look at words and their meaning.
This hub is a "space opera" short story, combining sci-fi and fantasy.
This is a story set in the late nineteenth century, against the background of railroad speculation, and the way the ordinary people were pulled in. At the same time the love story between Adam and Eve is meant to parallel and parody the Adam and Eve story in the Bible.
The "detective" in this short, quirky whodunnit, is a man's own suppressed, dormant common sense.
This short essay is merely an amused recounting/analysis of the tap dancing that the rich and powerful often indulge in when their extralegel actions are actually called into some kind of public account.
What I am interested in, here, is: 'What is irony?' and 'What is irony's contribution to the arts?'
Robin Willams Some of you, who are not old enough, may not be aware that Roblin Williams is/was (previously/and still) a comic and comedic actor. He is so well known for his versatility in handling various kinds of dramatic roles, such as the...
This is a movie review of the noir-ish crime thriller masquerading as a "spy" movie, called Bad Company starring Laurence Fishburne and Ellen Barkin.
This is my review of a 1979 book of short stories, "Shatterday," by the fantasist Harlan Ellison.