Author Archives: jimbelton

About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.

Is Automation Racist?

The Atlantic is carrying an article on How Automation Could Worsen Racial Inequality. It stops short of decrying self driving vehicle technology as racist, but not by much. That said, I find myself agreeing with the author’s conclusions. All across … Continue reading

Posted in philosophy | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Women Dominate the Box Office, but not Award Shows

The Guardian has an article titled Female trouble: how can the Oscars fix the scandal of all-male director lists? My suggestion: by rewarding the films that people actually like. Presenting the Golden Globe award for best director, Natalie Portman raised an … Continue reading

Posted in movies | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vice’s Communist Propaganda on the Minimum Wage

Vice has waded in on the Minimum wage: Here’s Every Argument You’ll Hear About Ontario’s Minimum Wage Hike. What do they have to say? Things in Ontario are fine. The minimum wage going up is good news both immediately for … Continue reading

Posted in philosophy | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: “All Star Batman & Robin”

* * * B Frank Miller’s “All Star Batman & Robin” is a single volume that collects the entire series. It retells Robin’s origin story and includes many other DC heroes. I quickly discovered that things were not as I’d … Continue reading

Posted in books | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review of “Equals” (spoilers)

* * C Equals is a dystopian future science fiction film about Nia (Kirsten “Bella” Stewart) and Silas (Nicholas “R” Hoult). After a future calamity, the remnant of humanity live in a society where all emotions are chemically suppressed. Silas … Continue reading

Posted in movies | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review of “Riddick”

* * * B Riddick is the sequel to The Chronicles of Riddick, and continues the story of the titular anti-hero. As the film begins, Riddick (Vin Diesel) has been left for dead on a hostile alien planet by the … Continue reading

Posted in movies | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: “Star Wars: Han Solo”

* * C “Star Wars: Han Solo” is a graphic novel set between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes back. In it, Solo is tasked by Leia to rendezvous with three rebel operatives and extract them, … Continue reading

Posted in books | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment