Star Wars a small world, after all.

After all, where else will you see a robot, loosed randomly into open space by a princess, land on a sparsely populated sand planet and within that desolate expanse find the brother she never knew existed? As a scientist I have to allow that it could happen: space is vast but not infinite. I'll even…

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Vaya Keanu Dios

For you reading at home, Point Break, the first modern action movie, was directed by Kathryn Bigelow and in 1991 released a week before her then-husband James Cameron's little indie flick Terminator 2. Soon after, Jim left Kathy for one of the big stars of his movie. Few doubted that he chose between his stars…

John Wick 2 and So Can You

AR-15 11.5-inch, compensated with an ion bounded bolt carrier. A Kimber 1911 .45 ACP with reconstructed grips and flared magwell for easier reloads. The Benelli M4, custom bolt carrier release and charging handle. Glocks .34 and .26 with textured grips should your hands get…wet… All and more are sexily depicted with equal parts casually familiar…

A question about Judas

As I listen to the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack and read the lyrics, it's clear that (especially for 1969, the year of its copyright) the character of Judas is quite self-aware. He's cognizant of his part in this grand drama, and he knows Jesus knows he knows. They have each other's number. Like in an…

IMDb, ya IMDbarely knew ya

It's been weeks now since the demise of the Internet Movie Database massage boards and I don't miss em one bit. I mean *message* boards--see? I'm already forgetting what thought it was an addiction. And maybe it was, in its way for its while. The depths of dependency were sometimes dark -- by god, I…

Off With Her Id!

On revisiting Disney's 1951 "Alice In Wonderland", I was gratified to discover that Alice's journey through her own psyche isn't quite what my youthful memory wants me to think. From the tardy White Rabbit to the maniacal Tweedle twins, from the question-smoking caterpillar to the admittedly insane Cheshire cat, from the drunken shenanigans of the Mad…

Zero Dark Thirty

This 2012 movie, an award-winning critically-acclaimed entertainment and box-office success, is above all a remarkable piece of propaganda. Or maybe marketing is more accurate. Publicizing is even better. If you wonder why, or haven’t seen it, let me spoil the theme for you: Glory be the lengths that **America** will go to, the resources and commitment she will provide, the…