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MOVIE REVIEW: "Elysium" (2013)

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“Elysium,” if you didn’t know, was the good section of the afterlife in Greek mythology. Forget Tartarus and the Fields of Punishment and the other cheap seats, this was the velvet rope part of the afterlife. Not heaven, exactly, but a really good section reserved for the close personal friends and relatives of the gods. And some heroes. Remember that last bit: it’s important.

“Elysium” is also a fairly transparent political allegory by Neill Blomkamp, the South African director who gave us “District 9” in 2009. That, too, was a fairly guile-free political allegory.

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So The Avatar Is Gay...

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I'm referring to Korra from “The Legend of Korra,” the sequel series to “Avatar: the Last Airbender,” which ended recently. In the final episode, in the final scene, she – and Asame Sato – were revealed to be pretty definitely gay.

 

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VERY BELATED VERY SHORT MOVIE REVIEW: "Captain America: The First Avenger"

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So the family and I just watched "Captain America: The First Avenger," and I have to say how thrilled I am to see all off the talent and artistry and vision of a major studio like Paramount really all coming together and rolling up their sleves and pulling out all the stops to deliver a merely workmanlike product.

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REALSPACE: Terraforming is not an option

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Today I'm going to talk about why Terraforming is not an option. Terraforming, of course, is the process of changing a planet into an earthlike one that can support an ecosystem and human life just like earth can. This is often put forward as the goal of space colonization, most frequently with regard to the planet Mars.

 

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EPISODE REVIEW: “Ascension” (2014)

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Ascension pissed me off.

 

There's a lot of good things and bad things about the first night of the series, but the thing that really pissed me off – and I mean, the thing that really, really, really pissed me off? It's that I predicted the ending, the bit twist, like two months ago when I first heard about this. “Oh, please don't let it be a variation on the JG Ballard story, '13 to Centaurus',” I begged, but, nope, that's exactly what it is. It's 13 to Centaurus on steroids, as a soap opera.

 

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