Last Week Tonight (season 6)

Posted on December 9th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “Boris Johnson. The man who answers the question, ‘What would Kevin McAllister have eventually looked like if his parents never came home?’” Last Week Tonight season 6, aired in 2019 This season John talks about Brexit psychics public shaming, including an astonishing interview with Monica Lewinsky lethal injection the environment, and in particular the […]

Alita: Battle Angel

Posted on December 6th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “Know what is hidden. Always ask, what is it that you are not seeing?” Alita: Battle Angel, released in 2019 Dr. Dyson Ito finds the upper body of a cyborg in the dump and he brings it to his shop to attach it to the lower body he once built for his daughter who […]

How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming

Posted on December 3rd, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “And then it hit me.” How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming, released in 2019 It’s been 10 years since humans and dragons parted ways. Hiccup and Astrid decide to put on a pageant — to show their kids what it was like to live with dragons, and to show them what their grandfather Stoick […]

Talking to Strangers

Posted on November 30th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “We jump at the chance to judge strangers. We would never do that to ourselves, of course. We are nuanced and complex and enigmatic. But the stranger is easy.” Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell, published in 2019 This book starts out with the story of Sandra Bland, a black woman who had a […]

The New Springtime

Posted on November 26th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  1 Comment »

{4.5/5} “She was desperately eager to relive with this stranger her time in the Nest. To speak with him of Queen-love and Egg-plan and Nest-strength and all those other things that she had barely had a chance to experience in her too-brief captivity: things which had shaped her soul.” The New Springtime by Robert Silverberg, […]

Star Trek: The Next Generation (season 1)

Posted on November 21st, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{3.5/5} “There can be no justice so long as laws are absolute. Even life itself is an exercise in exceptions.” Star Trek: The Next Generation season 1, aired in 1987-88 Captain Picard and the Enterprise-D are put on trial by Q for humanity’s barbarity — meanwhile, they must figure out how the Bandi have built […]

Molly’s Game

Posted on November 16th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “I was raised to be a champion. My goal was to win. At what and against whom — those were just details.” Molly’s Game, released in 2017 Molly Bloom was a professional skier until she had an accident. Then she stumbled into the world of big-money poker played by the rich and famous. After […]

At Winter’s End

Posted on November 16th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “But in that moment it seemed to Hresh that he himself was a citizen of the Great World. He was in the midst of all its surge and vigor. He saw himself striding down the throbbing streets of Vengiboneeza, moving through the turmoil and frenzy of a marketplace where members of the Six Peoples […]

Jerry Maguire

Posted on November 15th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “You had me at ‘Hello.’” Jerry Maguire, released in 1996 Jerry Maguire is a sports agent who writes a revolutionary mission statement at 2:00 am and prints out a copy for everyone in his organization. He gets fired, and is left with only one client — and one accountant named Dorothy. Jerry breaks up […]

The Gameshouse

Posted on November 11th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “Ask yourself this, my lady: you play now to crown a king in Venice, and this is, I think, y our very first game. Imagine the stakes that more experienced players must work for. Imagine the scale of their ambition.” The Gameshouse by Claire North, originally published in 3 parts in 2015 In the […]