Inhuman Swill : Reviews

What David Mitchell is up to in “The Bone Clocks”

This post about The Bone Clocks contains mild spoilers. When grappling with works of genre fiction, most mainstream literary critics can be counted on to demonstrate a peculiar tone-deafness. Take the case of The New Yorker's James Woods, who calls...  read

SXSW Film recap

This is long overdue, but some folks over on Facebook asked me for a recap of the movies I saw last month at the SXSW Film Conference & Festival. But first, you might be asking, what was Bill doing at...  read

The Book of Mormon: The Musical: The Review

It used to be that when people would find out I'm a former Mormon, they'd ask me whether or not I watch Big Love and how closely it matches my experience of growing up in Utah. (Answers: "Yes" and "Not...  read

Little Brother

This theater review was originally published online at Science Fiction Weekly, June 15, 2009. Chicago theatergoers with a taste for technogeekery and a passion for politics are in luck this summer. The Griffin Theatre Company ( is currently staging an...  read

My Name Is Bruce

B-movie legend Bruce Campbell gives himself the schlock treatment in an homage to low-budget horror flicks.  read


In his most personal role ever, Anthony Hopkins dares audiences to assemble the pieces of an aging screenwriter’s fractured mind.  read


This film review was originally published online at Science Fiction Weekly, July 27, 2007. C+ Ben Willis (Sean Biggerstaff) can’t seem to get to sleep. His gorgeous girlfriend Suzy (Michelle Ryan) dumped him two weeks ago after a terrible fight,...  read

King Kong

An off-off-Broadway production brings the Eighth Wonder of the World to the most intimate stage of them all—the stage of the mind.  read

First Snow

In this pensive new thriller, Guy Pearce discovers to his dismay that sometimes a fortune teller’s predictions are no snow job.  read


A subtle new film from Germany, based on actual events, asks us how literally we should regard the task of facing down our demons.  read