E. A Solinas

Hall of Fame Reviewer - 2008 2009 2010 2011
Top Reviewer Ranking: 179
Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (20,032 of 23,213)
Location: MD USA
Birthday: 7 Feb
In My Own Words:
Writer, aspires to become a a professional writer of fantasy literature.

Lover of all things well-done -- music, books, cinema. Though I was once into only specific genres, I am always expanding my interests to include poetry, literature (classic and modern) art (modern and classic), indie rock, jazz and the more exotic classical, movies of almost any type.

I love reviewing, love hearing g… Read more

Reading, writing, movies, music, dancing, nature, saints, sinners, and anybody who is interesting enough to keep me amused.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 179 - Total Helpful Votes: 20032 of 23213
Skin Game: 15 (Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Parkour!, 30 May 2014
If the Dresden Files series has taught Harry Dresden anything, it's that no matter how bad things get, they can always get a LOT worse. Embroider that on a pillow.

And after a few books of solid suck (not in book quality, just Harry's quality of life), "Skin Game" returns everyone's favorite noir wizard to action in Chicago... except he's working with the bad guys this time. Jim Butcher is in fine form here, mixing complex moral questions with ice-and-fire-slinging magic -- and bringing in some truly startling changes to Harry's life.

Harry is not happy when he finds out his next job as the Winter Knight. He's being loaned out to Nicodemus, leader of the… Read more
Big Ass Spider [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Lin Shaye
Big Ass Spider [DVD] DVD ~ Lin Shaye
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
It's a movie called "Big Ass Spider!" Guess what it's about. You get three guesses, and the first two guesses don't count.

And yes, I had to watch it. With a title like "Big Ass Spider!," who could possibly resist? It's pretty much exactly the movie that that amazing title promises -- a modern B-movie creature feature, centering on a monstrous spider that just keeps getting bigger and bigger. And while you might initially suspect that it's a SyFy-style disaster, it's also a very well-made film.

It opens in the middle of a scene you'd expect of such a movie -- a blimp-sized spider destroying a skyscraper, while helicopters buzz around helplessly… Read more
Grand Piano [Blu-ray] [2013] [US Import] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ John Cusack
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Play or die, 28 Feb 2014
The late, great Alfred Hitchcock had a rather laissez-faire attitude towards plausibility. He argued that no fictional story could hold up to logical plausibility, and even lamented, “Must a picture be logical, when life is not?”

That might as well be the motto of "Grand Piano," which Hitchcock might have enjoyed watching. Imagine if Brian de Palma made a classical-music version of "Phone Booth" -- while it has a ridiculously implausible conceit at its heart, director Eugenio Mira keeps it harrowing with an ever-expanding cloud of bloodless suspense and a magnificent pair of lead performances.

Five years ago, pianist Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) choked… Read more

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