Review: ‘Broken Allegiance’ by Mark Young

Broken Allegiance is the first in the Tom Kagan series by Mark Young. It follows a hard-nosed detective in the Santa Rosa Police Department who specializes in gangs. While trying to tie down a witness to break up a notorious gang, Kagan’s sometimes aggressive and reactionary decisions bring consequences following … Continue reading

‘Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall Review’ – ‘Gloriously Unspoilt by Progress’

Writing a biography of an anonymous artist seems like an impossible task…or maybe not when the subject is also world famous. The unidentified graffiti artist known as Banksy has turned himself into a faceless icon in recent years with high-profile stunts such as gluing his own art on museum gallery walls and painting … Continue reading

Cultural Transmogrifier Round-Up – Jan. 2013 Edition

Once again, I’ve neglected to actually post my reviews and articles here when they actually are published on Cultural Transmogrifier. Oh well – here are the three most recent reviews! ’30 Rock’ Season 7, Ep. 12 & 13 (Series Finale) Review – Six Sigma Wheel of Happiness Domination The writers … Continue reading

‘Moneywood’ Review: Insults, Name-Dropping and Not Much Else

Moneywood is the latest book from author William Stadiem. The non-fiction tome has a great premise – to look at the Hollywood excess and players of the 1980’s. The concept is intriguing and exciting for movie fans out there. It’s a chance to learn more about the suits behind the … Continue reading

CT’s First Anniversary – Year in Review: News

As we celebrate our first anniversary we are taking a look back at our 10 biggest hits in Features, Reviews and News. The last one is News! 1. OK Go Makes Another Amazing Video – “Needing/Getting” *This post have been viewed over 166,000 times since mid-February. 2. ‘Snow Crash’ Film … Continue reading

Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful, Hate Me Because You Think I’m A Murderess: James M. Cain’s ‘The Cocktail Waitress’ Reviewed

You’ve probably heard of James M. Cain, even if you haven’t. At any rate, you can probably visualize a 1930s-40s private detective—a black and white image of a chain-smoking, fedora-wearing, wisecracker striped by the shadow of some thick window blinds. It’s probably Humphrey Bogart. That’s the image that people get … Continue reading

Batman and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Coverage Recap

You may be burnt out on Batman and The Dark Knight Rises, but just in case you aren’t, I’m here to provide a recap of all the coverage on the film and Batman from us here at Cultural Transmogrifier. Over the past eight months we eagerly anticipated the film like … Continue reading

‘Fahrenheit 451’ Author Ray Bradbury Dies at 91

“My tunes and numbers are here. They have filled my years, the years when I refused to die. And in order to do that I wrote, I wrote, I wrote, at noon or 3:00 A.M. So as not to be dead.” — Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man  Famed science fiction author Ray … Continue reading

No Winner for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

In a move that many claim speaks poorly for the novels of 2011, Columbia University has refused to declare a winner for this year’s Pulitzer Prize for fiction. This is the eleventh time in Pulitzer’s history, and the first time in 35 years, that the $10,000 fiction award will be withheld. … Continue reading

What We Watch When We Watch ‘The Hunger Games’

My first experience with The Hunger Games (2008) was March 12, 2012, a full four years after the final book was published and long after the movie hype machine had turned up to eleven. My mother called me and informed me that my hometown of Murfreesboro, TN was doing a “One … Continue reading