Film & Book Reviews

Aug
12

A Singularity Grows in Brooklyn

We are a household of bibliophiles. Downstairs MGX has curated a small but ever growing library of books. It takes up two rooms and contains around 15,000 books. They range far and wide in topic but MGX’s prize area is her Isaac Asimov collection. It takes up eight shelves.

And we have come to know the scientific law of books. You could say we’ve seen it in action. In mass they create singularities. I don’t know who first pointed that out but I credit Terry Pratchett who reportedly said:

A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to…
Aug
10

Prometheus: An Aesthetically Beautiful Spectacular Misfire

What do you say about a beautiful science fiction film filled with “scientists” who are the type of characters that Harold and Kumar would have outwitted or whose plot holes are larger than the worlds it’s trying to build? There already has been heaps of derision piled upon Ridley Scott and the ridiculousness that is Prometheus. The following two videos by¬†How It Should’ve Ended:

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and Red Letter

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sum up most of my feelings about the plot pretty well. The best thing you can say about the film is that it has sparked a lot of conversation.

What I want to talk about are…

May
4

Breakable You and The Bridge

On the surface these two books have nothing in common. One is about a family in Manhattan with close ties to the publishing industry. The other is a magical realism story about a man living on an endless bridge and the timelines that intersect through him. I guess that’s the key, timelines.

Rarely do I read a novel straight through. Often I will lay down a book for several months before finishing it. This was the case with Ian Banks’ The Bridge. I had set it down not because of lack of interest but because it got misplaced in the shuffle…

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