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Reviews of books, movies, CDs, whatever.

Subverting Stereotypes on the Fury Road

I just finished rewatching Mad Max: Fury Road.  I have to say, I can understand why the film earned the online ire of the so-called men’s rights activists (MRAs). It takes all the high-octane testosterone-drenched tropes of the typical action flick, … Continue reading

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Review: The Man in the High Castle (TV)

amazon’s The Man in the High Castle (2015) Insta-score: 4 out of 5. Short form: After a slow start, this builds to an excellent show. Spoilers below the fold.

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Review: Agents of SHIELD season finale

I caught up on the end of the season for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.  (Yes, it’s that time of summer when I get to catch up on the shows I missed.)  The first season ended with the fallout from Captain America: The … Continue reading

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… and a movie?

I finally caught the last episode of the weird Season 6 of Community as streaming on Yahoo! Stream, called “Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television”.  As could be expected of Community, it was wonderfully meta and self-referential.   As could be expected … Continue reading

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College Admissions Hunger Games

Today the NY Times published an Upshot op-ed called “For Accomplished Students, Reaching a Good College Isn’t as Hard as It Seems“.  It’s one of those article that seems to say more than it does.  It doesn’t actually support the conclusion … Continue reading

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Review: Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 9: Flatline

Oh, heaven above, Steve Moffat is just determined that we all love Clara, and he’s going to keep forcing tripe like this on us until we give and accept she’s the bestest, most wonderful Companion ever, isn;’t he? Spoilers below.

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Review: Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 8: Mummy on the Orient Express

Meh. Haven’t we been here before?

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Review: Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 7: “Kill the Moon”

Ugh.  This hasn’t been a great season, and this is far from the best. Let’s begin with the very-overused flash forward.  It’s getting kind of old.  Used well, it can be very effective.  But Doctor Who isn’t using it very … Continue reading

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Review: Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 1 “Deep Breath”

I finally got around to watching Season 8 Episode 1 (“Deep Breath”) of the revived Doctor Who.   It’s the first one with Peter Capaldi as the Doctor.  (What do we call him, anyway?  Is he the 12th Doctor, even though … Continue reading

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All good things may come to an end, but you can sometimes revisit them

Today (2014 May 23) is the 20th anniversary of the airing of “All Good Things…”, the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  It cannot be denied that this series is directly responsible for the resurgence of American sci-fi … Continue reading

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