All posts by Max Nash

Max Nash is a writer, blogger, narrative designer and professional enthusiastic amateur. He has all of his own teeth, no scars or distinguishing markings, and was last seen disappearing into the wilds of western Washington.

Bloodline [Fantastic Fest 2018]

The way Fantastic Fest was set up, there would be four or five movies screening at a time in time slots throughout the day, and we would submit ranked preferences for each time slot, which would determine for what films we would tickets. This led to much consternation for me, as a couple of time ...

The World Is Yours [Fantastic Fest 2018]

Though I was slightly delayed by a round of convention crud, I am back from Fantastic Fest! We saw over a dozen movies over the back half of the convention, and almost all of them were, well...fantastic. I hope to write reviews of everything we saw over the next couple of weeks, with as few ...

Fantastic Fest, Take Me Now

I emerge from my cool, damp cave into the blinding light of day, snarling at the burning day-star above. I take in the world of the living to which I have returned, and let loose a great cry: "FANTASTIC FEEEEEEEEEEST!" Oh, hi! Didn't see you there. After a month(!) hiatus, I have found my way ...

Foods That Changed Me; Fish Sauce Chicken Wings

Ask any foodie, and they can probably rattle off a handful of meals that had a profound effect on them - dishes that changed their perspective on an ingredient or culture, that inspired them to learn a new technique, that evoke a particular memory, that have a hold on them in a way that can ...

Review: Baahubali 1 & 2

While I definitely know what genres of movies I enjoy - fantasy, sci-fi and horror - I make a point to try and watch movies outside of my usual comfort zones, and I make a special point to watch movies from outside the vortex of Hollywood and US culture, so how the hell did I ...

The Mystery of the Green Soup: Caldo Verde

One of my favorite soups for both warm weather and cold is caldo verde - Portuguese for, appropriately enough, "green soup", a name that comes from copious amounts of thinly sliced leafy kale, giving it a deep green color in the bowl. It has a short, inexpensive ingredient list - consisting of olive oil, garlic, kale, potato, ...

Castle Rock is Off to a Great Start

Stephen King has achieved that almighty high that I think a lot of writers (myself definitely included) dream of; his world-building has grown so rich, so densely populated and fully conceived, that the world itself can stand as a complex, compelling character all its own - in this case, the haunted (and haunting) town of ...