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 He didn’t want to talk about what was going on, and the more I pressed, the more withdrawn he became.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.
Two co-workers bond in Lisa Bubert's short story, "Hand For Your Hip."
Zoe is twenty-eight, unmarried, without children, and not beautiful but not unbeautiful. She comes in to work every day dressed as if she is a different person, her make-up and hair changed so strikingly, it is not unusual for regulars to ask if each day is her first day. Today, she is stunning and elegant. The day before, she lined her eyes thick, left her hair unbrushed, and replaced the stud in her nose with a ring. George has seen her hair dyed blonde, black, pink, and now this deep, dark red. He likes the red but the blonde is his favorite. When Zoe wore blonde, she wore it white and curled like Marilyn Monroe and she walked with the poise required of it. The world rotated around her presence -- the books, papers, and people around her but waves on the sea and she the magnetic core.
"Fit of Inspiration" by Sarah Szabo, our writer of the month, is a short story about a man who is having a day where nothing is going his way. It all starts when someone tears out half of the last page.
Karl bit his lip, set down the book. Last page torn out of the sturdy binding. How shitty. Some awful rube must've needed to scribble a phone number and panicked, or just hated the ending enough to damn it to the void. Or maybe they were just sadistic. One crucial page gone and the whole story's ruined.
A little girl spends the afternoon in the library waiting for her father in Jason Buckholz's short story, "Care For Prickly Pear."
The plants she loved most were desert plants which was fortunate because they were often driving through deserts. Her father said Jesus had the right idea when he went out for forty days into the desert, he said that’s probably where he got all his big ideas because man can think in a desert like he can in no other place.
Two spies meet at a wedding in Arthur Davis' short story, "The English Muffin Critic."
“No silencer there. Someone’s bound to hear the shot, especially in this stone wall chamber with two very large vaulted openings facing the street.”
“It’s really a beautiful church and quite a shame to mess up your elegant tux from Hiding Roosevelt & Clyde, I believe?”
“Blyton Huxley, their most senior fitter.”
“Yes. Couldn’t quite put my finger on which of their tailors it must have been to have stitched you such a fine suit,” she said gesturing with the muzzle of the Beretta at a small wooden bench in the corner.
- FILM REVIEWS -
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.
Captain Canada rides again, as Gabriel Ricard takes on the pretentious Jared Leto and the always engaging Bryan Cranston in his latest Movie Rodeo.
Films reviewed: The Nice Guys (2016), Blood Orange (2016), All the Way (2016), Coup de Torchon (1981), Money Monster (2016)
Sean Woodard reviews Nicolas Winding Refn's latest, The Neon Demon. It's quite the experience, and can be as deep or shallow as you want.
Sean Woodard writes a comedic review of Disney's latest, Finding Dory. Verdict: though not as good as the original, fans of the characters should go see the sequel.
Taras D. Butrej reviews James Wan's latest, The Conjuring 2. Although not as a good as the original, it's the best horror movie of 2016 to date.
Taras D. Butrej reviews the latest installment of the TMNT franchise, Out of the Shadows: despite its busy plot, it's a decent film.
Gabriel Ricard tackles Asian Scarlett Johansson, texting in films, and other depressing topics in the latest edition of Captain Canada's Movie Rodeo.
Reviews: Hail, Caesar (2016), Midnight Special (2016), Ned Rifle (2014), White Lightning (1973), Night of the Creeps (1986)
Taras D. Butrej endures the brightly colored mayhem of Bryan Singer's latest action-packed installment of Marvel's Merry Mutants, X-Men: Apocalypse.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising didn’t raise up the genre, but it won’t disappoint fans of the original. Taras D. Butrej with the review.
- ELECTION 2016 -
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 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.
The Filmcast crew, Ryan Roach, Lawrence Von Haelstrom, and Matthew Guerruckey, discuss Pixar's latest sequel, Finding Dory. Does it live up to Finding Nemo?
They also get into their favorite Pixar movies, OJ: Made in America, and whether or not Toy Story 3 is an allegory for mankind casting off their gods.
The Filmcast returns with a review of The Lonely Island movie, Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping, and a look at movie satire. Plus, is Oscar Isaac cumming his way through X-Men Apocalypse? All that and more with Matthew Guerruckey, Ryan Roach, and Lawrence Von Haelstrom!
Our interview with Kevin Ridgeway, one of the most prolific and talented poets working today!
The Filmcast returns with our review of The Lobster, the most talked-about movie of 2016, a discussioin of other surreal movies, including Mullholland Drive, and much, much more!