The Bookworm Sez: ‘Down to the River’ a PI thriller

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Down to the River’ a PI thriller

Something’s wrong. It may look just fine, but you know better. Call it intuition, call it plain-as-day, but there’s something off, something not-quite-right about a… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Down to the River’ a PI thriller
Chris Pepper (right) and Shaylon Cochran (left) stare into the distance during a rehearsal for Triumvirate Theatre’s production of “Forrest Guppy” on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. Pepper plays Forrest Guppy, a parody of the main character from the classic film “Forrest Gump,” in the comedy parody of the film. The theater troupe last put on the dinner theater production in 2010. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Triumvirate revisits ‘Forrest Guppy’

All the actors in “Forrest Guppy” can turn accents on and off like kitchen faucets. During a rehearsal Tuesday, thick Alabama accents, bright “tourist” tones,… Continue reading

Chris Pepper (right) and Shaylon Cochran (left) stare into the distance during a rehearsal for Triumvirate Theatre’s production of “Forrest Guppy” on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. Pepper plays Forrest Guppy, a parody of the main character from the classic film “Forrest Gump,” in the comedy parody of the film. The theater troupe last put on the dinner theater production in 2010. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
Krysten Ritter attends the Netflix original series premiere of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” season 2 at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on March 7 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Reeling it in: Keeping up with ‘Jessica Jones’

“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” Season 2 Netflix series This turned out to be another of those weeks I wasn’t able to make it out to the… Continue reading

Krysten Ritter attends the Netflix original series premiere of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” season 2 at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on March 7 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Stir the pot with “Last Wild Men”

Stir the pot with “Last Wild Men”

Sometimes, you need to stir the pot. Agitate things, take chances, try something different because change is good. The status quo can be boring and… Continue reading

Stir the pot with “Last Wild Men”

What’s Happening

Events and Exhibitions n The exhibit the Biennial Juried Show is on display at the Kenai Fine Art Center throughout the month of March. On… Continue reading

Spring Break double feature

Spring Break double feature

I am writing this at the beginning of Spring Break - that time of year that everyone who isn’t either a teacher or student says… Continue reading

Spring Break double feature
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Natalie Portman, Tuva Novotny, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez in a scene from “Annihilation.” (Peter Mountain/Paramount Pictures/Skydance via AP)

Reeling it in: Lots to think about in ‘Annihilation’

“Annihilation” Paramount Pictures 1 hour, 55 minutes Big idea, trippy science fiction films have always been right up my alley, whether they be the one-two… Continue reading

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Natalie Portman, Tuva Novotny, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez in a scene from “Annihilation.” (Peter Mountain/Paramount Pictures/Skydance via AP)
The Bookworm Sez: ‘An American Marriage’ one of Oprah’s picks

The Bookworm Sez: ‘An American Marriage’ one of Oprah’s picks

He did it on one knee. One knee, with a nervous grin on his face and a velvet box in his shaking hands, asking you… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: ‘An American Marriage’ one of Oprah’s picks
The Bookworm Sez: Don’t wait for ‘How to Stop Time’

The Bookworm Sez: Don’t wait for ‘How to Stop Time’

The big hand is on the “12.” And the little hand is, well, you’ve known how to tell time since you were small. It’s something… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: Don’t wait for ‘How to Stop Time’
This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Sally Hawkins, left, and Doug Jones in a scene from the film “The Shape of Water.” Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War fantasy romance is a contender for the Oscar for best picture. (Kerry Hayes/Fox Searchlight Pictures via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘The Shape of Water’ strange and beautiful

“The Shape of Water” Fox Searchlight Pictures 2 hours, 3 minutes This week marks the second of the major Oscar nominees I’ve seen in as… Continue reading

This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Sally Hawkins, left, and Doug Jones in a scene from the film “The Shape of Water.” Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War fantasy romance is a contender for the Oscar for best picture. (Kerry Hayes/Fox Searchlight Pictures via AP)
TOP: Leslie Byrd stands by her piece ‘Piping Hot.’ on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The triptych piece is just one of Byrd’s many pieces on display at the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library in Soldotna through April. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion) ABOVE: ‘Slinky,’ seen here, is a piece Leslie Byrd painted in acrylics. (Photo courtesy of Leslie Byrd)

Byrd on display at Soldotna Library

It’s easy to think of something you wish you had more time for, but it’s February and the New Year’s resolution to ‘read more’ or… Continue reading

TOP: Leslie Byrd stands by her piece ‘Piping Hot.’ on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The triptych piece is just one of Byrd’s many pieces on display at the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library in Soldotna through April. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion) ABOVE: ‘Slinky,’ seen here, is a piece Leslie Byrd painted in acrylics. (Photo courtesy of Leslie Byrd)
The Bookworm Sez: ‘Jefferson’s Daughters’ tells complicated tale

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Jefferson’s Daughters’ tells complicated tale

Which one is your favorite? That’s a question heavy with danger, as any parent knows. You might be asked, but you can’t choose one child… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Jefferson’s Daughters’ tells complicated tale
This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Frances McDormand in a scene from “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” (Fox Searchlight via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘Three Billboards’ interesting but inauthentic

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” 1 hour, 55 minutes I have to say at the outset of this review that, while (spoiler alert) I did… Continue reading

This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Frances McDormand in a scene from “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” (Fox Searchlight via AP)
This image released by Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures shows Christian Bale in a scene from "Hostiles." (Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures via AP)

Reeling it in: Performances carry ‘Hostiles’

“Hostiles” Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures 2 hours, 14 minutes At the beginning of this week’s grim and gritty western, “Hostiles,” Christian Bale’s Captain Joe Blocker… Continue reading

This image released by Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures shows Christian Bale in a scene from "Hostiles." (Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures via AP)
This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. shows Gerard Butler in a scene from “Geostorm”(Ben Rothstein/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. via AP)

Reeling It In: ‘Geostorm’ a disaster of a disaster flick

“Geostorm” Warner Bros. 1 hour, 49 minutes This week I didn’t make it out to the theater, not that there was a lot of choice… Continue reading

This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. shows Gerard Butler in a scene from “Geostorm”(Ben Rothstein/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. via AP)
The Bookworm Sez: ‘Real Magic’ is more than a memoir

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Real Magic’ is more than a memoir

Wow. Just … wow. Did you see that? Wasn’t it awesome? It was a once-in-a-lifetime sight and you almost missed it; now, you’ll never forget… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Real Magic’ is more than a memoir
District students start ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

District students start ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

You know, someone once told Don Lockwood “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all,” but it wasn’t true in 1952’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’… Continue reading

District students start ‘Singin’ in the Rain’
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows the character Paddington, voiced by Ben Whishaw, in a scene from “Paddington 2.” (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘Well done, Paddington!’

“Paddington 2” Warner Bros. 1 hour, 44 minutes Paddington, the ursine protagonist of a series of children’s books, never seemed like the ideal subject for… Continue reading

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows the character Paddington, voiced by Ben Whishaw, in a scene from “Paddington 2.” (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
The Bookworm Sez: Ever wonder why? This book will tell you

The Bookworm Sez: Ever wonder why? This book will tell you

How come? It’s a common question, rather informal, with roots that go back centuries: how did something come to be? In other words… why? Why… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: Ever wonder why? This book will tell you
Bill Laughing-Bear, author of “An Alaskan Adventure: Tales of a Musher” and his dog sled team take a passenger for a ride. Laughing-Bear has spent many years in the dog sledding tourism industry. (Photo courtesy of Bill Laughing-Bear)

Kasilof musher details adventures in new book

Bill Laughing-Bear stepped into a general store in Fairbanks on Sept. 9, 2002, the first big step in fulfilling his dream of living in the… Continue reading

Bill Laughing-Bear, author of “An Alaskan Adventure: Tales of a Musher” and his dog sled team take a passenger for a ride. Laughing-Bear has spent many years in the dog sledding tourism industry. (Photo courtesy of Bill Laughing-Bear)