Fictional Dystopias and The Last of Us
- 28 Jul 2020
- Their movie adaptations weren't blockbusters, but these two novels indirectly inspired one of the most popular, if overrated, video games of the past decade. I have read them.
- 30 Jun 2019
- It might dated and over-the-top in some ways, but the book that's led to the blockbuster movies is more intellectually engaging than any of them.
- 28 Apr 2019
- The first James Bond book is good. Real good.
- 30 Dec 2016
- This early-2000s indie movie is an adaptation of a late-1990s graphic novel. It's a timeless story about teen angst and tenuous friendship.
- 14 Feb 2016
- The sights and sounds of its boxing scenes are outdated, but like other good movies about boxing, it's not only about boxing.
Friday Night Lights
- 14 Aug 2015
- For a decade, I've been daydreaming about high-school football practices in the early-morning August heat of a dusty, west Texas town. I have this book, and its movie adaptation, to thank.
- 2 Jul 2015
- This biopic does enough to stand out in a genre that's getting tired. Like the non-fiction book, the movie follows Chris Kyle while he thrives as a Navy SEAL at war and then as he struggles as a family man at home.