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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Undefeated” (1969)

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This is not a great film. It’s also not science fiction. Not even remotely. Why am I reviewing it? Well, primarily it’s because Joss Whedon once said that “Firefly” was largely based on (A) the book “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara, and (B) this movie. So while it’s not SF in and of itself, it had some unexpected impact on SF, and is worthy of a look-see just out of curiosity.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Summer Wars” (2009)

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Man, what a *nice* movie.

I mean, yeah, I’ve seen better films, I’ve seen worse, I’ve seen ones that made more and less sense, I’ve seen sweeter, more cloying films, and far more brutal ones, but the first impression that really jumped out at me about this flick was just how *nice* it was. If Frank Capra made a science fiction film, this would have been it. The central message is that the Lamb is more than a match for the Lion, which is, of course, what Frankie Boy was all about.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Loved One” (1965)

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Man, this is one weird-assed film. I saw it once, twenty-five or more years ago, late, late, late at night, and I was never entirely sure I was remembering it right. Perhaps a decade after that, I was talking to my shrink at the time, and he said, “Hey, you know a lot about weird old movies. Let me ask you this: there was a movie I once saw that had Jonathan Winters in it playing two charac…”
“Was it ‘The Loved One’ or ‘The Loved Ones’ or something like that?”

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Literary Criticism and Pearls Before Swine

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Several years ago, I ran a review of "Microworlds" by Stanislaw Lem in which he defended Literary Criticism. This was a new idea to me, and I later ran a few other articles on the subject, generally with me taking the "Literary Criticism is keen" POV, and pretty much everyone else saying that literary criticism is evil, wicked, nasty, and altogether bad for your skin.

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