A look at today’s menu

Welcome to Joe’s. What can I get ya? Reviews? Opinions? Maybe a little self-deprecating humor? How about a side order of Gen-X pop-culture deep cuts? We got it all at Joe’s. Grab yourself a cuppa and take a look at today’s specials:

Blinded By The Light

Blinded By The Light preaches the Gospel According to Bruce in a typical Hollywood fashion. Even spotlighting the best music does not prevent the film from being uneven.

Forward

Amazon’s Forward collection offers short stories of AI dominance, cloning, genetic fertility, and, why not, good-old planetary doom

The Deserter

The Deserter is everything a Nelson DeMille fan has come to expect and even wants to expect: clever dialogue, precarious situations, bad choices, and badder bad guys. But man, even a slight change in the routine would be as welcomed as Dewar’s on ice instead of neat.

Cold Storage

Cold Storage is part sci-fi thriller, part conspiracy cover-up, and all-out b-movie cheese.

Polar

The film is Irish-carbomb crazy; chopped meat that’s charbroiled yet still pink-on-the-inside, along with plenty of extra cheese.

Finding Steve McQueen

Unusual, ridiculous, honest, fun, Finding Steve McQueen is an entertaining heist flick that successfully steals the time and deserves a happy ending.

The Warehouse

Rob Hart taps into the zeitgeist with The Warehouse, but is more thriller than notice

Bad Axe County

Bad Axe County by John Galligan is a mid-western sprawl of a tale. The premise is crimes-blues fun. The plot direct and raw. Galligan’s execution is as rough as the harsh mid-western landscape.

The First Conspiracy

The First Conspiracy is a fascinating story that reads like a modern-day thriller instead of an 18th century historical text. The bizarre-but-true plot takes place in 1776, during the first months of the Revolutionary War. Don’t go snoozing yet. This is not a stuffy history lesson about cobblestone streets and powdered wigs before the era…