This summer, while watching the hit science fiction series, Stranger Things, I was reminded of my UFO experience, except that my encounter really happened. I had a spaceship in my Malibu backyard. It’s something I only tell friends late at night after a lot of drinking.
For the record, there was no alcohol that night.
If I were a suicide I wouldn’t have become a punchline. Budd Dwyer kept his dignity. “Don’t, don’t, don’t” were his last words. “This will hurt someone.” The way he says “Don’t, don’t, don’t” is careful and controlled. A man who knows exactly what he is doing. He’s incanting, summoning up the language to finish the act he knows he has to carry out.
When the doorbell rang, J.B. peeked out his bedroom window to see who was at the door, and as soon as his eyes hit the fuzzy red ball atop Mr. Lawson's tam o'shanter, he ducked, and crawled under his bed to hide.
J.B. knew why Mr. Lawson was looking for him, so he closed his eyes and prayed he would go away. But it was the Fourth of July and his father was home for the holiday. So after a few more rings from the doorbell, Tom Baxter answered the door, and Phil Lawson marched inside.
Miss Etta handed me the tiny coffin, no bigger than a shoebox. It was made of pine and painted blue. She had bought it to hold her recipe cards in the kitchen.
What happens when we only see the stereotype. In "The Aliens," a flash fiction piece by Lynn Mundell, maybe aliens are among us bathed in stereotypes.
The army sergeant was disgusted by the breastfeeding mother at Target, who thought that all people in camo were scary, as were the two nearby Goths with the black makeup, who were freaked out by the staring missionaries, who were most shocked by the tattooed cashier...
"Courage is elusive. Dreams shatter and crumble. Can we win this struggle, this war? Hate storms around us, a gale of emotions that we slowly, ever so slowly, know we must control."
"After Death" by Nashae Jones is a short story about what connects us to each other, our mothers.
“Who are you?” she had asked. “Where do you come from?”
“ I a woman,” Qui, the woman from Vietnam had told her.
“Good, good. You are a woman,” Quinn had said.
Encouraged, Qui continued.
“I mother. I have son.”
Quinn had faltered, her eyelashes blinking rapidly against her powdered cheeks.
"Marketplace Children" is the story about of farmhand Jovita who deals with the reality of her place in the world. Jessica Santillan's haunting short story debut.
The thing about laboring all day in the sun, she thinks, is you can either focus on the misery of the task, or on the misery of your life. Sweat drips and collates in the creases on her face. She is machine, without the luxury of being machine. Ay, she thinks, even machines get to break down sometimes.
Jennifer Todhunter's short story "Soup & Nail Polish" is a story of friendship built on music and nail polish, and what happens when past traumas come back to haunt.
I’d bring home random scraps of the city for Harry—rare finds from used book stores, shades of nail polish we both could wear, ballpoint pens liberated from businesses—and make him pizza and soup because he wasn’t interested in eating anything else. He didn’t want to talk about what was going on, and the more I pressed, the more withdrawn he became.
"Beer Mile" combines exercise, competition and beer. What could possibly go wrong? Find out in this short story by our Writer of the Month, Sarah Szabo.
So they began the regimen, cramming what they could into two long, grueling months of prep. The goal was learning how to run plowed, keeping the booze down. He’d had years of practice running, good form, and the genetics of a true rake in him. All there was to do was get used to the feeling of running a full sprint while a liter and a half of cold beer wreaked havoc in his gut—to make it as close to second nature as they could.
To the Guy With the Donald Trump Bumper Sticker on I-90 East
Writer of the Month
- FILM REVIEWS -
Even if I think you’re hot, vile garbage, if you wrote about politics this year, I have to applaud your courage. That might not be the right word. Whatever it is, I don’t have it this time around. I’ve never been fully comfortable in writing about political matters. I’ve scratched together a few loose thoughts over the years. I always wind up wishing I hadn’t. Keeping depression and terminal cynicism out of my heart is hard enough these days. Researching and writing an article on the 2016 Presidential Election, or on just about anything else happening right now, feels like spiritual suicide.
Matthew Guerruckey reviews Sully, the latest from director Clint Eastwood, starring Tom Hanks as Captain "Sully" Sullenberger.
Donald McCarthy reviews the gripping crime thriller Hell or High Water.
A 100 Word Review of the Nick Cave movie One More Time with Feeling, by our Managing Editor, Dani Neiley!
Kolleen Carney with a 100 Word Film Review of The Little Prince, the animated adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic novel.
Scott Waldyn reviews the surprising new thriller, Don't Breathe.
Our 100 Word Movie Review of Kubo and the Two String, from Laika Studios!
Captain Canada returns again, with a look at Ghostbusters, Star Trek Beyond, and many more in a double-sized edition of the Movie Rodeo!
Scott Waldyn reviews The Killing Joke, an animated adaptation of the highly beloved comic book. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a dud. Our rating: C.
Scott Waldyn reviews the third film in the Star Trek reboot: Star Trek Beyond. Coming in with a B+, it's a definite step up from Into Darkness.
- ELECTION 2016 -
Donald McCarthy examines the myth that the left-wing is more "politically correct" than conservatives.
Donald Trump didn’t magically transform into a disgusting human being when he called Mexicans rapists or called for a ban on Muslim immigrants, it’s who he’s always been.
So you say you don’t trust Hillary Clinton. You’ve heard that she’s dishonest and deceptive and that the record speaks for itself. She is a politician who lies about everything. Everybody knows it.
You’re not gonna vote for her; or, maybe you have decided to vote for her, but you still feel this way.
Or, maybe you’re undecided, a Bernie supporter, and now despite his endorsement of her you still intend to vote for one of those other two third partiers, Gary Johnson or Jill Stein. Neither of which really has a true chance of winning the election, but you want to show your dissatisfaction with the system by casting a protest vote anyway.
There is a mosque down the street from my house. It hasn’t always been there; I don’t remember when they built it. I guess I could look it up. Post 9/11. Small furor, but it subsided quickly. Now it is just there, and not much attention is paid to it.
My mother shudders—visibly—when she drives by it. It makes her uncomfortable. Why? Who knows. She is one of those hypocritical Christians: church every Sunday, says the rosary at the nursing home in my city, sitting with the elderly, every Wednesday. Judge not, yet ye be judged.
With the election tearing both parties apart with partisan bickering, M.G. Poe takes a look at just how America became such a politically divided country, and what the future may hold.
Cable News punditry? Can it really be that hard? Donald McCarthy doesn't think it is, and he has the (non)credentials to give it a go!
No matter which candidate, from which party, becomes the next President of the United States, the continued dehumanization of Muslims across the world is likely to continue. Donald McCarthy on the history of, and the impact of, their negative language.
He's reignited the liberal base with his populist message, but just who is Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and is his socialist message too radical for America? M.G. Poe takes a look at the viral political sensation of the 2016 election.
Hey, kids! Celebrate the candidacy of the only True American™ in the 2016 Presidential race, Donald Trump, by building your own campaign speech, in the in-your-face, tell-it-like-it-is, insult-every-sensibility style of The Donald™ himself.
We discuss the latest version of The Magnificent Seven, a movie so boring that we spend twenty minutes talking about the Muppets.
Films discussed in this episode: Wonder Boys (2000), Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972), Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973), Ghost World (2001), The Magnificent Seven (2016), Battle Beyond the Stars (1980), The Muppets (2011), The Muppet Movie (1979)
A selection of literary readings, featuring the poetry of Kevin Ridgeway and Nathan Alan Schwartz of Five 2 One Magazine, and an essay from Ashley Perez.
We review the latest film from Clint Eastwood, Sully.
Film discussed on this episode:
Other People (2016), The BFG (2016), Don't Think Twice (2016), Sully (2016), Shadow (1959), Stand By Me (1986), The Postman (1997)
We discuss the instant classic, stop-motion animated, Kubo and the Two Strings along with films from Kurosawa, Miyazaki, and many more on the latest Filmcast!
Movies discussed on this episode:
Don't Breathe (2016)
Safety Last (1923)
The Human Condition (1959-61)
Seven Samurai (1954)
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
The Ballad of Narayama (1958)
Spirited Away (2001)
Tokyo Story (1953)
We discuss one of the best reviewed films of 2016, Hell or High Water, on the latest episode of the Drunk Monkeys Radio Filmcast! We also follow up on our homework assignments, and share some of our favorite crime family movies.
We interview writer Ashley Perez on the latest episode Drunk Monkeys Radio!
We boldly go where no Filmcast has gone before in our exploration of Star Trek Beyond and the entire Star Trek film series!
We talk the needlessly controversial Ghostbusters reboot, and reboots in general, in the latest episode of the Filmcast!
Film discussed on this episode:
Take Me to the River (2015)
Hi Diddle Diddle (1943)
Samurai Rebellion (1967)
The Big Short (2015)
The Thing (1982)
Batman Begins (2005)
The Drunk Monkeys Filmcast crew take a look back at their younger days, with their top 5 movies of 1996!
Our interview with Nathan Alan Schwartz of Five 2 One Magazine, along with a response to the recent controversy at the magazine.