The documentary El Bulli: Cooking in Progress is playing now in limited release — seeing it is the closest you’re likely to get to experiencing Adria’s cooking. You can read the full review at filmcritic.com.
The Guard is playing now in limited release; check it out. You can read my full review at filmcritic.com.
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop is in theaters now. You can read the full review at PopMatters.
There are times when you just don’t even want to hear about another book. Each year is much like the last, with the number of should-read and can’t-wait-to-read titles piling up in your mind and on the shelf and under the desk and spilling out of your bag and into the hallway. But word had come from a friend about an author named Naomi Novik. She’d written a novel that he said was just superb historical fiction, with expertly realized descriptions of the arcana of Napoleonic War-era naval combat that landed right in the middle of the Venn diagram of our intersecting interests. Even better, he said, there are dragons, and they talk. I was hooked before even cracking the spine…
George R. R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons went on sale yesterday. You can read my complete article (about Martin and other lengthy series) at the Barnes and Noble Review.