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Carl Shirley
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Movie Review: Hidden Figures
Of all the unsung heroes of America’s heroic efforts to win the space race in the 1960’s, few are as unsung as the African-American women who did the math that computers were not yet ready to do, calculating the trajectories and orbits of space capsules. Wi...
Of all the unsung heroes of America’s heroic efforts to win the space race in the 1960’s, few are as unsung as the African-American women who did the math that computers were not yet ready to do, calculating the trajectories ...
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Movie Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
With the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story , the third coming of the Star Wars saga has broken the prequel curse placed on the franchise by creator George Lucas. And although none of the marketing for this movie ever used the P-word to describe it, th...
With the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the third coming of the Star Wars saga has broken the prequel curse placed on the franchise by creator George Lucas. And although none of the marketing for this movie ever use...
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Where Everyone Has Gone Before
Much in the same way that Star Trek Into Darkness lacked any genuine darkness, so does the latest film in the rebooted Star Trek franchise fail to live up to its title. There is little new, or original, or beyond in Star Trek Beyond , but it does have the s...
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The Lobster: Movie Review
The Lobster may not be the weirdest movie I’ve ever seen, but it is surely in contention to be one of the top five. Directed and co-written by Yorgos Lanthimos, the film stars Colin Farrell as a man who has been dumped by his wife. This, in and of itself, m...
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - What the Flick Reviews
Below are two video reviews of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice by the reviewers over at What The Flick . The first review is spoiler free, but the second is not , so choose wisely. I may eventually share some of my own thoughts on the film, but for now t...
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Deadpool: Movie Review
Deadpool is a superhero/comic book movie that dares to be different, except when it doesn’t, which is most of the time. Based on the Marvel Comic book, ostensibly inhabiting the same universe as The X-Men (who are present) and The Avengers (different studio...
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Starship of State: Governing the Future: Introduction
Politics in Pop Culture Science Fiction Death and taxes. According to the old saying there are few things as certain as death and taxes. The first represents the inevitably of mortality, that all living things die. The second represents the inevitability of...
Politics in Pop Culture Science Fiction Death and taxes. According to the old saying there are few things as certain as death and taxes. The first represents the inevitably of mortality, that all living things die. The secon...
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The Wright Brothers: Book Review
The Wright Brothers , by David McCullough, tells the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright, aviation pioneers who solved the puzzle of powered flight and changed the world forever. McCullough, best known for his lengthy biographies John Adams and Truman , del...
The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough, tells the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright, aviation pioneers who solved the puzzle of powered flight and changed the world forever. McCullough, best known for his lengthy biographi...
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Alien Motivations
I finally got around to seeing Independence Day: Resurgence , the sequel no one asked for to Roland Emmerich’s 1996 alien invasion/catastrophe flick Independence Day . Emmerich of course is back at the helm, with Jeff Goldblum and other actors reprising rol...
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Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!
Spoiler Alert! Jon Snow is back. You don’t need to watch Game of Thrones to know that, it’s been all over the internet. As many of the show’s fans predicted when his fellow Night's Watch brothers went all stabby on him at the end of last season, Melisandre ...
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10 Cloverfield Lane is not a sequel to J.J. Abrams 2008 movie about an American Kaiju (read giant monster) attacking New York City. In fact, outside of the title and a few little JJ verse references (there is a gas station named Kelvin, a name scattered thr...
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The Frontier Boys: Matt, Leo and the Fight for the Oscar
Spoiler Alert: This post contains spoilers for both The Martian and The Revenant . Continue reading at your own risk. Of all the films nominated for Best Picture of 2015 by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences there are few common themes that em...
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    Political Science, 1981 - 1986
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