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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.

“Be Natural” Honors Highly Influential First Female Filmmaker

“Be Natural” is a documentary by Pamela B. Green about the first female filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché, who remains largely unknown by many modern filmmakers and the general public. Narrated by Jodie Foster, and using visually interesting graphics to move the … Continue reading

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“Starfish” Blends Grief With Lovecraft In Unexpected Ways

“Starfish” is a dreamy, atmospheric film that blends a young woman’s grief over the death of her best friend—and guilt over an unrelated infidelity—with a sudden apocalyptic event similar to the premise of the 2013 movie “Banshee Chapter,” which in … Continue reading

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Album Review: Bella Novela’s High Energy “Incinerate”

Long Beach-based Bella Novela are a trio that blend melodic metal with ’70s & ’80s rock, spearheaded by singer Jackie Laws’ powerful voice. Their songs are well-crafted blasts of drums (Jannea McClure), riffs and harmonizing guitar solos (Jacob Heath) that … Continue reading

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Live Review: The Avengers & Alice Bag at Alex’s Bar 2/10/19

Late 70s San Francisco punk band The Avengers played Alex’s Bar in Long Beach last month with L.A.’s own Alice Bag. It was an afternoon matinee show on a rainy day and it started late; The Alley Cats were a … Continue reading

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Fantasies and Fairy Tales at LACMA

One of the newer exhibits currently at LACMA is Fantasies and Fairy Tales, which features artwork and graphic design mostly from the late 1800s and early 1900s that was inspired by myths, fairy tales and legends. There are a few … Continue reading

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A List of Favorites From 2018

As usual, my Year End list doesn’t include much released in the current year, because I’m a slow mover with a tendency to look back over my shoulder. But here are some things I discovered this year that I recommend. … Continue reading

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‘Silencio’ Intrigues But Stumbles Over Its Magic Stone

“Silencio,” written and directed by Lorena Villarreal, is a film about the consequences of altering the past, unique in that the main character’s very existence is due to such an alteration. Ana (Melina Matthews) is a single mother and a … Continue reading

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Leave The Light On: 8 Creepy Books for Halloween Time

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Ahem, I mean Halloween. And while there are plenty of excellent, well-known horror novels out there for you to cuddle up with this season, here are eight creepy books that might not … Continue reading

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The 3rd Annual California Vegetarian Food Fest in Hollywood

The California Vegetarian Food Festival at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood last weekend was small but fun, with plenty of kombucha, tea and juice to help with the upper-80s heat. A CicLAvia event was peddling by just around the corner, as we … Continue reading

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California Vegetarian Food Festival This Weekend

Are you a veggiesaurus like me? Then perhaps I will see you at the California Vegetarian Food Festival this weekend (9/29-9/30) at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood! The festival is presented by U.S. Veg Corp and will be raising money for Best Friends … Continue reading

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