Monthly Archives: December 2017

Review of “Bright” (mild spoilers)

 * * C Bright is a buddy picture with a twist. It is essentially a remake of Alien Nation, but instead of a racist human cop learning to respect an alien partner, Ward (Will “Jay” Smith) is partnered with Jakoby, … Continue reading

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Comparing Cinemascore, Rotten Tomatoes, and Box Office

Comparing Cinemascore, whose ratings are computed from the results of exit interviews with actual movie goers on opening night, with Rotten Tomatoes critics and user scores and opening weekend domestic box office grosses reveals some interesting discrepancies. First, some data. … Continue reading

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Review of “Jessica Jones” (season 1)

 * * C Jessica Jones is the second Marvel character adapted to the small screen for Netflix. While there are some minor tie ins to “Daredevil”, Jessica Jones stands alone. The series started strong as a detective drama, but morphed … Continue reading

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Stoking the Backlash Against #metoo

Forbes has a new article entitled How To Resist The Backlash Against #MeToo. I’m going to comment on how the author gets men’s reaction to #metoo almost entirely wrong, and in doing so, makes statements that will encourage exactly the … Continue reading

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World Scientists Warn Humanity, then Undermine Themselves

Recently, a group of scientists wrote a dire Warning to Humanity, and it was signed by 15000 more. Their warning has been criticized by some as scaremongering. I’m going to comment on the good and the bad in it. The … Continue reading

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Review of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (mild spoilers)

* * * * A “The Last Jedi” delivers an excellent new chapter in the Star Wars saga. It is not a perfect film, but I liked it better than any of the prequels, and would put it on par … Continue reading

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Review of “Stranger Things” (season 2)

* * * B Stranger Things, the excellent NetFlix series, is back for another season. This time around, there are a few new cast members, including Paul Reiser and Sean “Samwise” Astin. All of the new actors and characters are … Continue reading

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The Downside of #metoo

Slate has an article on the impacts of #metoo by Allison Benedikt titled The Upside of Office Flirtation? I’m living it. I’m going to comment on a few parts of it. It is an understatement to say something has shifted … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Jerusalem

The city of Jerusalem has been in the news lately, with a commitment by the Americans to move their Israeli embassy to the city, officially recognizing it as the Israeli capital in more than word. The city has a long … Continue reading

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Review of “Daredevil” (seasons 1 & 2)

 * * * B The first Marvel series made for Netflix, Daredevil is fairly entertaining. The series starts by introducing the character Daredevil and his alter ego, lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox). Matt is blind, but has a unique gift … Continue reading

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