Author Archives: Simone Snaith

Simone Snaith

About Simone Snaith

Simone Snaith writes young adult and fantasy novels, and sings in the band Turning Violet. A fan of scifi, fantasy, the supernatural and most things from the '80s, she enjoys reviewing music, books and movies. You can read about her own books at simonesnaith.com.

‘This Is (Not) L.A.’ at The Natural History Museum

If, like me, you’re a little tired of having to defend L.A. from people who like to call it shallow—and/or base their entire L.A. knowledge on one neighborhood—then you might be interested in a new book from Knock Knock called This … Continue reading

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“Highs and Lows” Double Feature Series Aims to Surprise You

A new film series starts this week at the Arena Cinelounge and The Montalban: “Highs and Lows” will screen double features of mainstream comedies paired with arthouse flicks. Designed to spark discussion about low-brow art and high-brow art, the pairings might surprise audiences by … Continue reading

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‘The Green Burial Guidebook’: Don’t Fear the Green Reaper

While I certainly haven’t spent much time dwelling on death, I have thought that when I die, I’d like to just decompose into the earth and “return to nature.” The idea seems more natural and useful – because I’d be … Continue reading

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Photo Essay: The Jim Henson Exhibition at The Skirball Center

Here are a few of the fun–and incredibly detailed–things to see at The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, currently showing at The Skirball Center. Catch it before it moves on after September 2, 2018. (Related post: The Wonderful World of Jim … Continue reading

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‘The Girl With All The Gifts’ Thrills on Both The Page and The Screen

“The Girl With All The Gifts” is an excellent book by M.R. Carey, who also wrote the screenplay for the equally good film version directed by Colm McCarthy. It’s the story of Melanie, a super-bright student in a strange army … Continue reading

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The Wonderful World of Jim Henson at The Skirball Center

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited has arrived in L.A! Whether you were impatiently waiting or didn’t even know about it, here is some info: It’s a traveling interactive exhibit that includes 25 classic puppets and over a hundred other items … Continue reading

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Quirky Neo-Noir Short Film “North Crescent Drive”

“North Crescent Drive” is an independent short film directed by and starring Raymond Parker, currently making the rounds at festivals like the Independent Filmmakers Showcase and the California International Shorts Festival. Self-aware neo-noir with a touch of humor, it’s the … Continue reading

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Rick Bartow at The Autry Museum: “Things You Know But Cannot Explain”

The Autry Museum in Griffith Park celebrates the late Native American artist Rick Bartow (1946-2016) with a major retrospective May 12, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Entitled Things You Know But Cannot Explain, the exhibit includes large paintings, drawings, and sculptures from over … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Enigmatic “I Kill Giants”

Based on the graphic novel by Joe Kelly and J. M. Ken Niimura, “I Kill Giants” is the heartfelt story of a very clever, imaginative young girl who has convinced herself that she must protect her town from killer giants. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: ‘The Cured’ Presents a New Zombie Twist

“The Cured,” in theaters and on demand Feb. 23, 2018, is a smart, new Irish zombie film from director David Freyne. It makes me think that the UK really knows how to do zombism-as-infectious-disease. (See the excellent “28 Days Later” and … Continue reading

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