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“Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman: A Book Review

“Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman: A Book Review

Neil Gaiman respects the old gods, and that’s why he’s the proper man to write their tales. Gaiman did not just read tales that modern men have written to decipher the old god’s realities. He went back and studied the original translations of Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda and the verses of the Poetic Edda, which

Friendship, Love, and Loyalty: Brennan, Dropkick Murphys continue to be Rebels With a Cause

Photo: Dustin Winter 2016 was a busy year for Boston’s favorite sons, the Dropkick Murphys, and in 2017, they will reap the benefits of their hard work. While their new 9th studio effort, 11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory, was recorded in Tornillo, Texas—a small town comprised of just over 1,500 people just outside

Garret’s Movie Palace: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

Likely to draw in just about everyone who followed the Harry Potter series and likely to please most of them, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also has things to offer to fantasy-friendly moviegoers who only casually observed the Potter phenomenon. The latter group, however, may be less convinced that this spinoff demands the

“Do Not Resist”—A Movie About the Militarization of Our Police Force

As I write this, the outcome of the election is unknown. Many people will be happy; many people will be upset. The fact that our country could be so divided has brought about a police force that is now being gifted with weapons of war that are no longer being used in the Middle East.

Garret’s Movie Palace: Inferno

Close on the heels of his deeply felt “Sully,” Tom Hanks takes his art down a peg with another paycheck performance as the dramatic cipher Robert Langdon in “Inferno,” Ron Howard’s mostly lame adaptation of Dan Brown’s wholly lame novel. I have no prejudice against Brown. His breakthrough novel “The Da Vinci Code”—a conspiracy thriller

Garret’s Movie Palace: The Accountant

This high-concept story follows a high-functioning autistic accountant who moonlights as a bookkeeper for criminal organizations, only to find himself targeted by one of his clients and forced to reveal that (surprise!) his particular set of skills includes more than just crunching numbers. It’s an intriguing set-up made even more so by the fact that

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