Lust, Caution

Bad title, good movie.  Really good, in fact.  Compelling, surprising, brutally honest.  Ang Lee directs the insanely appealing Wei Tang in a story of sex and espionage in World War II-era Shanghai. On one level, this…

Game: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

For gamers, this is like crack cocaine.  Except, you know, you don’t have to become a prostitute to support the habit.  Unless you want to.  But no, seriously, I loved this and then loved it some…

Me Double Header at Books and Culture

The Christian cultural review Books and Culture has for the first time covered the same author in two consecutive podcasts–and the author happens to be me. Here are host Stan Guthrie and B & C editor…

Ellery Queen & Me

Anyone my age who grew up reading mysteries grew up reading Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.  One of the great thrills of my life was the first time I saw one of…

Five Stupid Bumper Stickers

I once did a Klavan on the Culture called “Bumper Sticker Police,” in which I imagined there was a division of the police authorized to pull your car over for displaying a particularly stupid bumper sticker. …

TV: The Walking Dead

You really have to hand it to George Romero.  Before his 1968 fright flick Night of the Living Dead, a zombie was a dead man raised to life as a mindless slave by a voodoo priest. …

The Toy Story 3 Election

Here’s me in Tuesday’s LA Times on why the massive success of Toy Story 3 should’ve warned Democrats they were on the wrong track: If indications hold true, voters Tuesday will deliver a powerful rebuke to…

Elites, We Hear You!

This weekend, leftist comedians John Stewart and Stephen Colbert held a large “Rally to Restore Sanity,” in Washington DC.  If sanity has to be restored, the implication is that Americans right now are insane. Leftist President…

Weird Science

By way of the ever-indispensable Instapundit comes this article from Psychology Today headlined, “Have Scientists Finally Discovered Evidence for Psychic Phenomena?”  Now, of course, we all know that when a headline ends in a question mark,…

10 Great Spooky Stories

For me, the greatest form for the spooky story is, in fact, the story, the short story.  I know there are exceptions (a recent good one was Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box), but in general I find…