The Ongoing War Against Beauty

  "Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice." In yet another battle in the ongoing war against beauty and Western Civilization puritanical feminists who run a Manchester, England Art Gallery decided to remove the exquisite  Hylas and the Nymphs by the Victorian Pre-Raphaelite JW Waterhouse.  In the typical culture warrior forked tongue double-speak …

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Rehabbing Wonder

Misha Burnett captures exactly how I feel. I haven’t seen the last five Star Wars, the last few Star Treks, and other remakes because I just want new stuff. Star Wars was great when I was a kid, but if I want Star Wars I will pop in my old DVD. I don’t need or want new Star Wars, I want new Science Fiction.

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Two films that I saw recently, Justice League and The Last Jedi, left me with very similar feelings that I have been trying to put into words.

As usual, I find that for me the most natural analogies are drawn from my day job. So I want you to imagine a building constructed in, say, the middle 1970s. The architect has very definite ideas about what the building is for and how it will be used. There is a plan.

But over time, things change.

The dry cleaner on the ground floor moved out and a candy store rented that space, so that the washing equipment was taken out and the piping cut off flush with the walls and capped.

An accounting form on the third floor needs a server room, with holes punched in the walls for cabling and new air conditioners, and a new high voltage electrical…

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Stranger Things 2 a Stunning Failure

    This past Friday I got off of work, ran to the store where I picked up some snacks, a pizza, and went home to begin the much-awaited binge watch of Stranger Things season 2. The wife and I loved season 1. It touched all of the themes I like in supernatural horror storytelling. …

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Blade Runner 2049

A sequel that matched and in some parts surpassed the original in creativity and quality. It actually continued the interesting conversation on what it means to be human and added a few more questions and insights. Most of all it was gorgeous with amazing cinematography and a great soundtrack. I can't wait for more people …

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