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MOVIE REVIEW: Chronicle

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I walked into Chronicle with certain expectations. I expected to see an ok action movie. I expected to see yet another rip-off of the TV series Heroes (another because the 2009 film Push was the first). I expected to see an exciting movie that I would probably buy on blu-ray and watch again. I expected the movie to be derivative, a rehash, good enough but not remarkable by any means. What I did not expect, and what I actually got, was to be blown away by the experience.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Past Through Tomorrow, Volume 1” by Robert Heinlein (1967, 1977)

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I’ve been on kind of a Heinlein kick lately.

Once upon a time, Robert Heinlein was my hero. I cut my eye teeth on his “Future History” series, which had a huge, huge, huge influence on me as an adolescent, I read his novels, I read his screeds, he was pretty much the epitome of what I wanted to be when I was an arrogant, know-it-all, condescending jerk of a kid: an arrogant, know-it-all adult.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Points of Departure” (Season 2, Episode 1)

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After last week’s amazing season finale, we find ourselves once again in Crapsiville. Crapsville, baby, population: You. There’s no sugarcoating it: This is a terrible episode, and a disastrously placed one as well. Coming right at the start of the second season, I know plenty of people who’d gotten interested in the show based on my incessant chatter, decided this ep would be the right one to jump on board with, cringed themselves into incontinence, went to the bathroom to clean up, and never came back.

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BOOK REVIEW: “After Things Fell Apart” by Ron Goulart (1970)

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Funniest. Book. Ever.

No, seriously, this book is hysterical. I first read it about twelve years or so ago when a local mom-and-pop second-hand bookshop was going out of business, and I just sort of scooped up everything I could carry. The book was so funny that I actually decided to write an unlicenced spec screenplay of it on the spot, it was just that good. And, of course, I was just that stupid. Then, when my script hit about 20 pages, I actually got to the end of the book, was very let down by the ending, and gave up on the whole thing, never to think of it again.

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SCIENCE FICTION UNIVERSITY: Batman, Year One on DVD

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This time, Dr. Starr takes a look at the latest Direct to DVD release from DC. Hidden cleverly in this article is some commentary on criticism and why it's important. It's a different view than we've been exploring in recent discussions and deserves some thought....

Pace, Adaptation and Comic Book Aesthetics

One of my happiest shopping moments at Christmas occurred while walking through Walmart last November and seeing that Batman: Year One (BYO) had been produced as an animated film and released on DVD. I put it on my Christmas list pretty darn ASAP. When I got it for Christmas (thanks, son), I watched it as soon as I could (which was on Christmas day). My reaction was not at all what I expected.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Chrysalis” (Season 1, Episode 22)

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Londo and G’kar are haranguing the B5 Council about the Quadrant 37 crisis, the latest in an endless show of Narn aggression and reluctant Centauri conciliation. This region borders their respective territories, and the Narn have started sending warships across the line on the map into Centauri space, probably just as a show of force. Somewhat later, Londo is instructed by his government to simply give in to Narn demands. He does not take it well:

Londo: “Vir, how many gods are there in our pantheon? I lost count after our last emperor was elevated to godhood”

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DVD MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Who: The Movie (Fox, 1996)

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As I've stated elsewhere on this site, I'm not a rabid Doctor Who fan, but I am a fan. I was only nine-years-old when the show's original run ended, and I wasn't a fan of British stuff when I was a kid (everyone talked funny, after all). When I was 25 the show was relaunched and, having long ago given up my prejudice of how Brits talk (though they do still talk funny), I gave the show a chance. I was immediately hooked and watched the show every chance I got. Christopher Eccleston's Ninth Doctor (there have been NINE?!) was phenomenal, and Rose was hot.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “The Quality of Mercy” (Season 1, Episode 21)

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This is the penultimate episode of Season 1. It’s actually on a short list of my favorites, and one I’d probably show to people I was attempting to interest in the show. It’s also one that allows some of the B-list characters to get some time in the spotlight.

There’s a psycho killer on the station who’s been apprehended after killing two lurkers and a security guard. He’s found guilty in a trial, but since the Death Penalty isn’t legal in the Earth Alliance, there are only three options available:
1) Send him home to be imprisoned for the rest of his life

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BOOK REVIEW: “Destroyer of Worlds” by Larry Niven and Edward Lerner (2009)

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Some reviews are hard to actually write. I have no idea why. I liked this book well enough, but I realized this morning that I’ve been deliberately distracting myself from writing a review for like a week now. I rattled off a review for “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” in like an hour, but I’ve tried fifteen times to write one for “ A Wrinkle in Time” and end up just staring blankly at the page. No clue why this should be, but now that I’m actually typing, let’s see where this leads us.

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BOOK REVIEW: "The Cat Who Walks Through Walls" by Robert Heinlein (1985)

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Just a little capsule here, not my full length review, mostly 'cuz I can't bring myself to waste too much time on this one. Yes, there are a lot of entertaining ways to say "This is a bad book," but this book is *SO* bad that even making fun of it isn't fun.

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