The Burbach Tells You to Shut Up!

Reading List, February 2014

INHERENT VICE // Thomas Pynchon // C+

THE BLACK BEETLE: NO WAY OUT // Francesco Francavilla // A-

THE X-FILES CLASSICS, VOL. 1 // Petrucha and Adlard // B

THE SCARLET LETTER // Nathaniel Hawthorne // A [of course]

ANDREW’S BRAIN // E. L. Doctorow // A-

RAGE // Richard Bachman // B-

LEAVING THE SEA // Ben Marcus // B+

THE LAST COLONY // John Scalzi // B+

SPOCK MUST DIE! // James Blish // C+

Reading List, January 2014

2010: ODYSSEY TWO // Arthur C. Clarke // A-

HELLBOY: LIBRARY EDITION, VOLUME 3 // Mike Mignola // A-

ABE SAPIEN: DARK AND TERRIBLE and THE NEW RACE OF MAN // Mike Mignola, et al. // B

BALTIMORE: A PASSING STRANGER AND OTHER STORIES // Mike Mignola,  et al. // B+

2061: ODYSSEY THREE // Arthur C. Clarke // C+

3001: THE FINAL ODYSSEY // Arthur C. Clarke // B+

THE BOUNTY HUNTERS // Elmore Leonard // B+

ALL THAT IS // James Salter // A-

B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: A COLD DAY IN HELL // Mignola, et al. // B

DECEPTIVE PRACTICE: THE MYSTERIES AND MENTORS OF RICKY JAY
****
2012, dir. Molly Bernstein, Netflix Instant

DECEPTIVE PRACTICE: THE MYSTERIES AND MENTORS OF RICKY JAY

****

2012, dir. Molly Bernstein, Netflix Instant

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
****
1957, dir. Billy Wilder, Netflix Instant

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

****

1957, dir. Billy Wilder, Netflix Instant

seanhowe:

(I’d love it if you’d reblog this.)I’ve purchased one item at American Apparel in my lifetime—last week in Los Angeles, when I realized I hadn’t packed anything to swim in. I asked the cashier if I could return the swim trunks in New York. She told me I could return them for credit, but not a refund. I didn’t have a chance to go swimming in Los Angeles, so I brought the unworn swimming trunks to a store in New York. The cashier told me she couldn’t accept them, because they don’t accept returns on swimwear. I called the customer service line. They told me that it doesn’t matter what their employee told me, because “there’s no way of proving what she said.”

seanhowe:

(I’d love it if you’d reblog this.)

I’ve purchased one item at American Apparel in my lifetime—last week in Los Angeles, when I realized I hadn’t packed anything to swim in. I asked the cashier if I could return the swim trunks in New York. She told me I could return them for credit, but not a refund.

I didn’t have a chance to go swimming in Los Angeles, so I brought the unworn swimming trunks to a store in New York. The cashier told me she couldn’t accept them, because they don’t accept returns on swimwear. I called the customer service line.

They told me that it doesn’t matter what their employee told me, because “there’s no way of proving what she said.”

NO BLADE OF GRASS
**1/2
1970, dir. Cornel Wilde, Warner Archive Instant

NO BLADE OF GRASS

**1/2

1970, dir. Cornel Wilde, Warner Archive Instant

SHERLOCK: SERIES 3
***1/2
2014, Moffat & Gatiss, BBC

SHERLOCK: SERIES 3

***1/2

2014, Moffat & Gatiss, BBC

THE GOODBYE GIRL
***
1977, dir. Herbert Ross, TCM

THE GOODBYE GIRL

***

1977, dir. Herbert Ross, TCM

BLUE JASMINE
***1/2
2013, dir. Woody Allen, Blu-ray

BLUE JASMINE

***1/2

2013, dir. Woody Allen, Blu-ray

THE ENGLISHMAN WHO WENT UP A HILL BUT CAME DOWN A MOUNTAIN
***1/2
1995, dir. Christopher Monger, Netflix Instant

THE ENGLISHMAN WHO WENT UP A HILL BUT CAME DOWN A MOUNTAIN

***1/2

1995, dir. Christopher Monger, Netflix Instant

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
****
2013, dir. Paul Greengrass, Blu-ray

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

****

2013, dir. Paul Greengrass, Blu-ray

GRAVITY
****
2013, dir. Alfonso Cuaron, Blu-ray

GRAVITY

****

2013, dir. Alfonso Cuaron, Blu-ray

PRISONERS
****
2013, dir. Denis Villeneuve, Blu-ray

PRISONERS

****

2013, dir. Denis Villeneuve, Blu-ray

Reading List, December 2013

CATWOMAN, VOLUME 2: NO EASY WAY DOWN // Ed Brubaker, Cameron Stewart, et al. // A

BPRD: VAMPIRE // Mignola, Ba, and Moon // B+

FALL GUY FOR MURDER AND OTHER STORIES // Johnny Craig // A-

UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE // Thomas Hardy // B-

PLEADING GUILTY // Scott Turow // C+

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY // Arthur C. Clarke // B

NORTHLANDERS, BOOK 1: SVEN THE RETURNED // Wood and Gianfelice // B+

2010: THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT
**1/2
1984, dir. Peter Hyams, Blu-ray

2010: THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT

**1/2

1984, dir. Peter Hyams, Blu-ray