The Longest Journey

I recently played an enjoyable PC adventure game called “The Longest Journey.” It is the story of two worlds: the world of order and science (Stark) and the world of chaos and magic (Arcadia). A guardian has maintained the balance between the worlds for thousands of years, but for some reason, he has left his […]

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When Nietzsche Wept

I just finished watching the film When Nietzsche Wept (based on the book of the same title). It’s an interesting story that mixes some historical figures and events with Nietzschean philosophy and Freudian psychology. Although the movie has its flaws, it’s worth watching if you’re interested in any of these topics.

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Man on Wire

I recently watched a great documentary called Man on Wire. It is the story of a tightrope walker named Philippe Petit, whose dream, nay, obsession was to tightrope walk between the towers of the World Trade Center.

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Blade Runner

Not my favorite movie, but it’s a sci-fi cult classic in large part for its dark, gritty portrayal of the future city. Is it better to burn twice as bright but only live half as long? Such was the fate of the replicants in Blade Runner, synthetic humanoid beings designed to do jobs that humans […]

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For me, Gattaca is both a favorite and a great movie. In a world where your genes are everything, there is one man who will defy the system and strive for his dream. Will he succeed? There is no gene for the human spirit.

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50 First Dates

This is one of my favorite movies, though I wouldn’t call it great (see Favorite vs. Great article). Yeah, I’m a sucker for romantic comedies but what really gets me about 50 First Dates is the concept of being stuck in time. Summarizing the plot won’t ruin the movie, but if you are worried, stop […]

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Speaker for the Dead

Hundreds of years after the events of Ender’s Game in which humanity annihilated a sentient race, we find another planet with a sentient race that we call the “piggies.” A scientist studying them has been killed, and tensions are running high. Ender was the one who unwittingly ordered the previous xenocide, and he wants to […]

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Ender’s Game

Here is a brief spoiler-free synopsis. In the near future, humanity encounters a bug-like alien race, and they promptly go to war. Humanity is grossly outnumbered and is losing badly. A savior is needed, and one is found: a boy named Ender Wiggin. He is brilliant but too kind-hearted. If humanity is to survive, he […]

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