Monthly Archives: July 2017

Celtic Arthur: The Rape of the Flower Maiden

The stories of King Arthur and his knights have captivated people for a millennium. The meaning and the ultimate source of these legends remained obscure until the twentieth century. In 1927, Roger Sherman Loomis published “Celtic Myth and Arthurian Romance”, … Continue reading

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Review of “The Lobster”

* D The Lobster is a lot like a very bad episode of the Twilight Zone. It has a weak science fiction premise that is never explained: Adults who are unmarried are sent to a special “hotel” and given a … Continue reading

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The Peril of Remakes

There are two rules in successfully remaking a creative work, be it a song, a story, or a film: The remake must be at least as good as (and preferably better than) the original. The remake must in some way … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Gets a New Gender

There has been a minor uproar in the Doctor Who fandom since the new Doctor was announced and will, for the first time, be incarnated as a woman. The change in the character is not a reboot or a simple … Continue reading

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Review of “Criminal”

* * C Criminal is a science fiction thriller with an all star cast. The premise is that when CIA agent Bill Pope (Ryan “Deadpool” Reynolds) is killed by an anarchist plotting world mayhem, the only way to recover his … Continue reading

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The 2016 Eisner (Comic Book) Awards

The 2016 Eisner award winners have been announced. I’m going to examine how well the winners match up with what is actually popular, as gauged by Comichron’s top 1000 2016 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops. Award Book Rank in … Continue reading

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Review of “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” (no spoilers)

* * * * A “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is a science fiction film by Luc Besson (maker of The Fifth Element and Taken), and is based on a French graphic novel. I would describe it … Continue reading

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Bare Breasts are a Right in Ontario

Should women be allowed to swim topless? The CBC tackles the issue in Why an Ontario woman is fighting for her right to swim topless. A woman who has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario wants … Continue reading

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What is Sharia Law?

If you go looking, its very difficult to find an objective discussion of Islamic Sharia law in English that isn’t either completely theoretical or biased. I’m going to examine a couple of articles on the subject. Both are biased against … Continue reading

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Manitoba: Province of Incompetent Politicians

On June 19, I criticized Manitoba’s finance minister for suggesting that a year and a half was insufficient time to prepare to legalize pot, and gave Prime Minister Trudeau kudos for affirming the date and suggesting that, if a province … Continue reading

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