The Gameshouse

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{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 […]

The Clockmaker’s Daughter

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{5/5} “He had painted me at the center of the canvas, my hair flowing in ripples, my eyes direct and my expression as if I had just given a confidence that would not be repeated. And yet, there was something more underlying the image: Edward had captured in this beautiful face — fare more beautiful […]

Addams Family Values

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{5/5} “I’m just like any modern woman trying to have it all. Loving husband, a family. It’s just, I wish I had more time to seek out the dark forces and join their hellish crusade.” Addams Family Values, released in 1993 Gomez and Morticia Addams have had a third child, Pubert. Wednesday and Pugsley try […]

The Addams Family

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{5/5} “‘It was my first funeral.’ ‘You were so beautiful, pale and mysterious. No one even looked at the corpse.’” The Addams Family, released in 1991 The Addams family is highly unusual but fabulously wealthy. The latter causes some people to try to steal from them, including their own lawyer. He cooks up a scheme […]


Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{4.5/5} “Boys, don’t just play with your haggis.” Brave, released in 2012 Merida is a princess. Her mother is constantly teaching her about what a proper princess does, but she’d rather be out riding her horse and shooting arrows. When the time comes for the clans to present their suitors for Merida’s hand in marriage, […]


Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{4.5/5} “What I’m offering you is the great and glorious poisoned chalice of money and fame.” Yesterday, released in 2019 Jack’s music career isn’t going anywhere so he decides to quit. When the lights go out all around the world for 12 seconds, he gets hit by a bus. Afterwards he realizes that he’s the […]

Inside Out

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{5/5} “Congratulations, San Francisco. You’ve ruined pizza. First the Hawaiians and now you.” Inside Out, released in 2015 Riley is an 11-year-old girl whose parents decide to move to San Francisco. She initially tries to make the best of it, but then decides to run away. Meanwhile, inside Riley’s mind are emotions that come to […]


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{4.5/5} “What our story needs is an unexpected event that will propel our hero into conflict.” Rango, released in 2011 Rango is a lizard who lives with humans until the car he’s riding in swerves and his terrarium shatters on the road. He walks through the desert to a town called Dirt, which is in […]

Agents of SHIELD (season 6)

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of TV shows

{5/5} “The universe can’t stop us. Because… we’ve survived the bottom of the Atlantic, we’ve crossed the galaxy — more than once — just to be together. So, a love like that is stronger than any curse.” Agents of SHIELD season 6, aired in 2019 Mac is now director of SHIELD — he’s too focused […]

Laika movies

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here are all the movies that Laika has made — so far they’re all stop-motion animation. Two out of five are masterpieces, which is a pretty good ratio. Coraline 2009 -> 2.5/5 ParaNorman 2012 -> 4/5 The Boxtrolls 2014 -> 5/5 Kubo and the Two Strings 2016 -> 5/5 Missing Link 2019 -> 4/5