Category Archives: Film/TV

Great Low-Budget Sci-Fi Films

by Craig B. Not too long ago, I read an article that highlighted eight great low-budget sci-fi films. What caught my attention was a factoid attached to each movie pointing out how many times the highlighted film could have been made if it had been blessed with Avatar’s $425 million budget. I was especially struck […]

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The Great Courses

by Craig B. I’m a hermit by nature. A shiftless layabout. A couch potato. While you, a socially adjusted human being, are having dinner with your friends, I’m eating Fancy Lads Snack Cakes in a post-nuclear wasteland. While you’re counting footsteps in the local park, I’m eating cookie dough off my Snuggie. But my life […]

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2019 Sno-Isle Staff Favorites

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) Throughout the first month of 2020, we asked Sno-Isle staff to send us their favorite titles from the previous year. It’s a tradition we’ve upheld over the years and this year we have even more lists! All submissions had to be published or released in 2019 and staff were […]

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Mephistophelian Reads and Watches

By Isaac H. Have you ever read a story or watched a movie and, for some reason, the villain seemed more charming and endearing than the hero? Alternatively, have you ever really enjoyed a story only to notice the protagonist was something of a villain themselves? If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you’ll […]

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Time to Travel, Part Two

by Craig B. About a year ago, I posted a list of my favorite time travel flicks. It wasn’t hard to come up with a healthy docket. Rather than a pocket-sized selection of cinematic chronological conundrums, there’s actually quite a few. Too many, in fact. Time travel flicks multiply like rabbits. Since I’ve never personally […]

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Welcome to the 17th Century

by Craig B. Cinematically, Thanksgiving has gotten the short end of the stick. The time-honored tradition of sitting down for a holiday flick-fest starts right before Halloween and doesn’t slow down until late December. All the other stops on the holiday road get THEIR movies. So where’s Thanksgiving’s rich movie tradition? It’s a fine, unassuming […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Neil Gaiman

By Craig B. My first taste of Neil Gaiman was in the early 90’s when my cousin introduced me to The Sandman series. I was a borderline batcaver with a dark trench coat and an inelastic haze of Aqua Net. I tried to be a batcaver, at any rate: black clothes, hair dye, spooky music, […]

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Television Up North

By Isaac H. A number of people often express frustration that “there is nothing good on anymore.” Scripted, live-action American television has seen something of a decline. Replaced by reality shows, game shows and animated sitcoms. Not  to say there is anything inherently wrong with any of those genres. The lack of live action scripted […]

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Terrifying Children in Books and Movies

by Lisa C. *Please don’t mistake this for a post about books that terrify children – though that’s fun, too. Ah, children. The apples of our eyes, our hope for a better future. So sweet. So innocent. So terrifying!

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If You liked Hocus Pocus…

By Kristi S.  We are deep in spooky season and I just have one question: how many times have you watched Hocus Pocus? I have a fraught relationship with this movie. As a kid, everyone in school was talking about the Sanderson Sisters and I so badly wanted to get in on the conversation. Unfortunately, […]

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Saddle Up! Westerns from Book to Screen

By Julie T. Many a yarn spun about the American West originated between the pages of a book. If you’re like me, you may have enjoyed many of these films, but have never read the books on which they are based. The western genre has expanded beyond dated depictions of the “Wild West”, filled with […]

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