July 5, 2017

The Homer Simpson Media

Fans of The Simpsons will know that one of Homer Simpson’s signature moves is when he is in the middle of something serious, he gets distracted by a bird or something, yells “Oooh! Birdie!” then runs outside chasing it around a tree giggling. So much like today’s media and President […]
July 2, 2017

Misery Meets Mystery

If I were to sum up the essence of10 Cloverfield Lane, I’d say “intriguingly unique”. The basic plot isn’t unique — woman goes off road, awakes imprisoned in a house, doesn’t know who to trust — but this one not only kept me guessing but most of my guesses were […]
January 7, 2017

Passengers

Passengers. An interesting and engaging movie. Not entirely without its flaws, but I consider them minor and not grating enough to ruin the movie, as is sometimes the case. Rare for a “major movie”,it is not merely an interesting story with interesting characters, but intelligently looks at some interesting philosophical […]
July 2, 2016

The Caped Marauders

Another movie available during our recent globe-trotting wasBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I wasn’t expecting too much from this movie, but the trailers looked like it had potential and I was in the mood for some excitement, so decided to give it a chance. I guess the Batman/Superman/League of […]
July 2, 2016

Eye in the Sky

One of the bonuses of international air travel, especially if you have a busy life, is the option of seeing movies you normally wouldn’t get around to watching. Sometimes the experience is one you’d rather have gone with out. Other times, you find a surprising gem. Eye in the Sky, […]
December 19, 2015

Abortion Rights

In an earlier article I have argued for a woman’s absolute right to abort her embryo or foetus. This was based on the fundamental principle that the origin of rights is not a human shape or a human genome, but the possession of a thinking mind. The same reasoning implies that […]
June 13, 2015

A Night at the Synagogue

Two of our daughter’s friends were having their Bat Mitzvah (the female version of the better known Jewish Bar Mitzvah coming of age ceremony, normally held when they are 12), to be held on the Sabbath at a Jewish Orthodox synagogue. Never having set foot in a synagogue, let alone […]
January 12, 2015

Atlas Shrug

We just finished watching the Atlas Shrugged movie trilogy. Very interesting. It was much better than I thought it would be, though not without flaws. Would I recommend it? Now that’s a difficult question… Why better than I thought? I hadn’t expected much, partly because of the poor reception it’s […]
March 28, 2014

Django Unhinged

Well, the premise sounded interesting, with an escaped slave teaming up with an anti-slavery white guy to seek his girl and justice. But with Tarantino involved, I guess I should have known better. I suppose if you like mindless violence and your definition of art is “lots of squirting blood” […]