“I Was There” – My firsthand recount of Kobe’s last game, accompanied by my thoughts on yesterday’s tragedy

It felt like 2010 outside of Staples Center. L.A. Live was filled to the brim. Thousands of fans, lines outside of the restaurants, music blasting. You could feel something special in the air.  The atmosphere was electric, and it felt like the Lakers were back in the Finals, ready to capture the team’s 17th NBA Championship. Except it... Continue Reading →

Knives Out (2019) Review

Starring: Ana De ArmasDaniel CraigChris EvansMichael ShannonJamie Lee CurtisToni ColletteDon JohnsonLaKeith StanfieldChristopher PlummerKatherine LangfordDirected by: Rian JohnsonWritten by: Rian JohnsonGenre: Mystery, Comedy, Drama, CrimeRuntime: 2 hours, 10 minutes IMDb rating: 8.1/10Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%Letterboxd rating: 4.1/5My rating: 9.6/10 In two short hours, Knives Out quickly pushed its way onto the very prolific list of my... Continue Reading →

It Comes at Night (2017) Review

Starring: Joel EdgertonChristopher AbbottKelvin Harrison, Jr.Carmen EjogoDirector: Trey Edward ShultsWriter: Trey Edward ShultsGenre: Horror, MysteryRuntime: 1 hour, 31 minutes IMDb Rating: 6.2/10Rotten Tomatoes rating: 87%Letterboxd rating: 3.3/5My rating: 7.4/10 It Comes at Night is one of the most intriguing movies I've seen in recent years. Definitely fitting in with the rest of the A24 Films,... Continue Reading →

The Lost City of the Monkey God (2017) Review

Author: Douglas PrestonPublisher: Grand Central PublishingGenre: NonfictionLength: 326 pagesISBN: 1455540013 Goodreads rating: 3.9/5.0My rating: 8.5/10 Absolutely wonderful book. Informative to the core; Douglas Preston does a phenomenal job leaving no stone unturned in his search for truth throughout the story of this expedition. Each page is more interesting than the last as Preston and the... Continue Reading →

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane (2017) Review

Author: Radric "Gucci Mane" DavisPublisher: Simon Schuster PublishingGenre: AutobiographyLength: 304 pagesISBN: 1501165321 Goodreads rating: 4.0/5.0My rating: 8.1/10 Wow. One of, if not the best autobiography I’ve ever read not named Scar Tissue. A refreshing and deep look into the legend of Gucci Mane. Starting from the beginning, his rise to fame, to the demise, and... Continue Reading →

The Illustrated Man (1951) Review

Author: Ray BradburyPublisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics (2011), originally published in 1951 by Doubleday & CompanyGenre: Science FictionLength: 288 pagesISBN: 0062079972 Goodreads rating: 4.1/5.0My rating: 9.0/10 First time reading anything Ray Bradbury outside of the random short story in high school English. Why didn’t anyone tell me what I was missing? Absolute work of art.... Continue Reading →

The Monster of Florence (2008) Review

Author: Douglas Preston with Mario SpeziPublisher: Grand Central PublishingGenre: Non-Fiction, True CrimeLength: 368 pagesISBN: 1455573825 Goodreads rating: 3.75/5.0My rating: 8.7/10 Amazingly informative and highly interesting coverage of Italy’s most well-known serial killer. Preston once again does a fantastic job with research and presentation, so much so that he even got himself mistakenly involved in the... Continue Reading →

Magpie Murders (2016) Review

Author: Anthony HorowitzPublisher: HarperCollins Publishing (2016)Genre: Mystery, FictionLength: 498 pagesISBN: 0062645226 Goodreads rating: 3.9/5.0My rating: 8.3/10 We’ve all read whodunnits and we’ve all been shocked by the endings; what Horowitz does here is not only incredible, but frustrating as well. I was so deeply enthralled by the Atticus Pünd storyline (I’m a sucker for whodunnits/thrillers)... Continue Reading →

Pet Sematary (1983) Review

Author: Stephen KingPublisher: Gallery Books (2019) originally published in 1983 by Doubleday PublishingGenre: Horror, FictionLength: 395 pagesISBN: 198211598X Goodreads rating: 3.9/5.0My rating: 7.9/10 Not a single author can quite touch on the horror of the human mind like Stephen King. It’s no wonder he hid this book in a drawer upon finishing it. Never have... Continue Reading →

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