Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn’s very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart our language in startling and original ways. Together with three veterans of St. Vincent’s Home for Boys, he works for small-time mobster Frank Minna’s limo service cum detective agency. When Frank is fatally stabbed, one of Lionel’s colleagues lands in jail, and the other two vie for his position, and the victim’s widow skips town, Lionel’s world is suddenly topsy-turvy, and this outcast who has trouble even conversing attempts to untangle the threads of the case while trying to keep the words straight in his head.
First published in 1999, Motherless Brooklyn is a postmodern homage to classic detective fiction, with its own particular twist thanks to Lionel’s condition. While it stands as a good piece of the genre on its own, what I found most intriguing about the novel, probably unsurprisingly, was Lionel’s Tourette’s. The narrative is told from a first person perspective, so we get a rather deep, personal look at what having the condition is like for him as he moves through life and tries to solve the case while at the mercy of his prominent tics.Read More »
The Forest is an American supernatural horror film directed by Jason Zada, starring Natalie Dormer and Taylor Kinney. Much of the story is set in and around the Aokigahara Forest in Japan, also known as the “Suicide Forest” or “Sea of Trees,” located at the northwest base of Mount Fuji. Sara Price (Dormer), an American woman, receives a call from Japanese authorities who are concerned that her troubled twin sister Jess is dead, having last been seen entering this forest. Despite the protests of her husband, Sara travels to Japan to search for her missing sister, whom she adamantly believes is still alive.Read More »
Continuing in the heavy aftermath of season one, the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. follows Agent Phil Coulson and his team as they try to rebuild their fallen organization and combat the forces of HYDRA. This season introduces a bigger cast of characters on the main team, making up for the loss of forces in season one. The story also delves deeper into what is going on in the background of the MCU, developing plotlines planted previously and providing more information, which we are privy to thanks to Coulson’s new position as the director of S.H.I.E.L.D.Read More »
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens finally came out a couple weeks ago, and I’ve seen it twice since then. The honeymoon phase is over, I’ve heard a lot of praise and a fair share of criticism, and with that I’d like to run down some things I’d like to see from the next installment in this new trilogy. Some of these things I’m eagerly anticipating, while others are more in response to criticisms I have after digesting the content more thoroughly.Read More »