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UCLA grad with a special major in creative writing (fiction).  Widely experienced as a technical writer.  Film junkie.  Not religious but quietly deferential to all major forms of faith.  Follower of latest science and technology news items.  Once considered becoming a Jungian analyst.  Quietly skeptical of established expectations and order.  Supicious of all collectives.  Believes that not all conspiracy theories are simply theories.

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  • The Pack-a short story
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    The Pack-a short story

    5 months ago

    The early years were both better and worse. Batteries still had life in them. They provided light in the darkness. They allowed me to drive a car. Not being much of a "gadget guy," I even figured out how to...

  • Comic Book Collecting - An Addiction
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    Comic Book Collecting - An Addiction

    7 months ago

    As dumb as it sounds (and probably is), I often bought a comic book title (during the 90s) for the artwork. I sort of flipped through pages then bagged them. I was a complete sucker for painted covers -- whether...

  • Batman vs. Superman -- as if Written by Tarantino
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    Batman vs. Superman -- as if Written by Tarantino

    8 months ago

    Batman: So you came. Superman: Yes, Bruce, I came. Batman: How do you know my name? Superman: I have x-ray vision. Batman: You're shitting me. Superman: No. Batman: Okay then what color is my underwear? Superman:...

  • Believers vs. Atheists -- An Appeasement
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    Believers vs. Atheists -- An Appeasement

    8 months ago

    Is there any sort of appeasement between those who believe in God and atheists? I think there is. It takes both sides of the endless argument to give a little to reach a middle ground. Atheists tend to hold their...

  • The Clearing (2004)
    1

    The Clearing (2004)

    8 months ago

    Probably, like many, this film passed your attention without any notice whatsoever. The film is worth watching. It has plenty of plot holes but just seeing Redford play off off of Defoe is a treat. Having Helen...

  • From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
    3

    From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

    9 months ago

    Some may only be familiar with the TV series of the same name that lasted from 2014-16. You can gain a full plot summary of the movie (and the series) from IMDB or a dozen other places, so I'm not going to delve into...

  • Satire -- The Kim Kardashian Meltdown
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    Satire -- The Kim Kardashian Meltdown

    10 months ago

    The world was shocked to learn that Kim Kardashian's face fell off along with her breasts and a portion of her buttocks. Reporters on the scene of the incident describe the event as "horrendous." One...

  • Satire - Playboy for a New Generation
    1

    Satire - Playboy for a New Generation

    10 months ago

    After decades of presenting presumably a male-dominated audience with lush, mostly-nude figures, the magazine has decided to retract its long-standing tradition and present its audience with something different, less...

  • Satire -- Andrea Bocelli and Elvis Clone Appearing Together
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    Satire -- Andrea Bocelli and Elvis Clone Appearing Together

    11 months ago

    Well, someone finally did it, i.e., cloned a human being. You would have to be living under a rock not to already know this basic fact, but we want to provide some necessary context. For most countries this venture is...

  • Elvira -- A Character Perfected
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    Elvira -- A Character Perfected

    11 months ago

    You can get all the background on Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) via Wiki and IMDb, so I'm not going to repeat what is already available to those interested in the subject. This is more of a personal impression of the...

  • Tumblr and Unrestricted Liberalism
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    Tumblr and Unrestricted Liberalism

    11 months ago

    For better or worse, each generation of our species seems infused with the desire to push social boundaries. This push goes beyond mundane presentations such as body piercings and tattoos. Unconsciously, each...

  • Want a Russian Wife?
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    Want a Russian Wife?

    12 months ago

    Have you been tempted by one of those beguiling ads that seem to promise you a model-like Russian woman? Maybe you are fed up with American women and think a Russian wife seems practical.

  • Dealing With Evil
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    Dealing With Evil

    12 months ago

    Find evil in our world is child's play. Finding goodness in this life takes more effort.

  • Foreign Languages in US-Made Films
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    Foreign Languages in US-Made Films

    12 months ago

    In most "Hollywood-made" films, a character from a foreign country is played by an American who may have a modest understanding of the language he/she is required to speak, or has no knowledge whatsoever and...

  • Penny Dreadful (2014-2015)
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    Penny Dreadful (2014-2015)

    12 months ago

    I don't have a cable connection so cannot watch shows that play on the regular broadcasting stations or the cable stations. From time to time I come across a review of a particular series, and this will prompt me to...

  • Women vs. Men (The Real Deal)
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    Women vs. Men (The Real Deal)

    12 months ago

    The "battle of the sexes" has been real since forever

  • Comics - The Very Hottest Female Titles (Non-Mainstream)
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    Comics - The Very Hottest Female Titles (Non-Mainstream)

    5 months ago

    You really need to have paid attention for some time to know who the really, really hot women are in comics, and you aren't going to find them in DC or Marvel. If you want to familiarize yourself with the scorching hot...

  • Comic Book World - One Man's Long Journey
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    Comic Book World - One Man's Long Journey

    15 months ago

    A personal journey through comic book land -- the foundation, the evolution

  • The Night of the Iguana (1964)
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    The Night of the Iguana (1964)

    16 months ago

    A defrocked Episcopal clergyman leads a bus-load of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast and comes to terms with the failure haunting his life. This is how the IMDB describes the film. It isn't quite...

  • Early Rock
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    Early Rock

    16 months ago

    Is there a transition that can be traced between the music of the 1960s and today?

  • The Big Crunch
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    The Big Crunch

    16 months ago

    "William Paley’s ‘watch analogy’ suggests that complex and ordered things do not occur by chance. Instead, rather like the complex mechanism of a watch they have to have been made by someone, and...

  • Satire -- Putin Assassinated: Muscovites Strangely Blase
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    Satire -- Putin Assassinated: Muscovites Strangely Blase

    17 months ago

    While most of the world remains in a state of shock after the assassination of Russian president Vladimir Putin, our correspondents in Moscow were even more stunned by the blase temperament of average Muscovites. ...

  • Evil -- The Excoriating Pain of Living with a Passive-Aggressive
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    Evil -- The Excoriating Pain of Living with a Passive-Aggressive

    17 months ago

    I was unfortunately married to a passive-aggressive woman for several years -- long before I knew about the costs of being connected to this type of psychological nightmare. When I finally could no longer endure the...

  • Secret Desires -- Not a Big Deal?
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    Secret Desires -- Not a Big Deal?

    17 months ago

    Recently, Bruce Jenner's transition into being a woman (now known as Caitlyn Jenner) has received more than it's fair share of publicity. I have no comments on that particular subject. The media has beaten it to death. ...

  • Women Who Smoke Cigars
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    Women Who Smoke Cigars

    18 months ago

    This is a sort of loose follow-up on a prior Hub regarding the allure/or its absence regarding women who smoke. This Hub is centered on women who smoke cigars. To get my own opinion out front at the beginning, I think...

  • Religion - A Necessity For Man?
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    Religion - A Necessity For Man?

    18 months ago

    There's a debate among atheists and religious believers about whether or not God is an ameliorating factor for the human species or a source of mere antagonism. The antagonism is not really between atheists and the...

  • Satire - Andrea Bocelli Regains His Vision
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    Satire - Andrea Bocelli Regains His Vision

    18 months ago

    Whether you believe in miracles or not, Andrea Bocelli suddenly gained eye sight. This magnificent man who created a career for himself with his voice alone is reported to have awakened one morning with full visual...

  • Coherence (2013)
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    Coherence (2013)

    18 months ago

    This film is really out there. Fairly low budget. Basically no special effects (odd these days for a science fiction film). For me that's a plus. No big names. That's also kind of a plus. It deals with the...

  • Pop Culture and Its Infiltration Into Mainstream Media
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    Pop Culture and Its Infiltration Into Mainstream Media

    18 months ago

    If I see another article about Bruce Jenner, I'm gonna puke. Bruce in Transition I was really proud of the guy when he won gold back in the day. Bruce Back in the Day Today, I don't care if he wants to turn...

  • Mel Gibson - One Man's Journey Into Hell
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    Mel Gibson - One Man's Journey Into Hell

    18 months ago

    Mel in Present Times For reasons unknown, I went to YouTube and listened to about four of Mel Gibson's phone rants with his wife. I have no dog in this fight. I don't know either party personally. She may be a saint...

  • Satire - Russian Women
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    Satire - Russian Women

    19 months ago

    If you married a Russian woman and are happy with her, no need to read any further. If you didn't get everything you bargained for then you will want to know about our business. We are the foremost dealers in Russian...

  • Satire - Sarah Brightman Missing
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    Satire - Sarah Brightman Missing

    19 months ago

    Sarah Brightman has disappeared from the universe. All we have is speculation, uncorroborated rumors and speculation.

  • Satire - Splatburger
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    Satire - Splatburger

    19 months ago

    We interviewed the co-owners of Splatburger and Sid (co-owner with his wife) had this to say. My wife and I invented Splathburger. We had tried the usual hamburgers -- the chains and the restaurants, and decided, we...

  • American Gothic 1995-1996
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    American Gothic 1995-1996

    20 months ago

    Short-lived but terrific TV drama

  • The Fiction of Soul Mates
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    The Fiction of Soul Mates

    20 months ago

    Soul Mates? No Such Thing

  • Smoking Women
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    Smoking Women

    7 months ago

    A non-professional's view on the allure of smoking women

  • Food, Cravings, Over-Eating and Not Caring
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    Food, Cravings, Over-Eating and Not Caring

    20 months ago

    This is not a how-to recipe hub nor a where-to-go-eat type of hub. It's a hub about just being hungry, having cravings at odd times, not caring about calories or nutrition.

  • Jesse Ventura and the Muddled Minds of Americans
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    Jesse Ventura and the Muddled Minds of Americans

    20 months ago

    Jesse Ventura Ventura doesn't present himself as a messiah. When faced with a question he doesn't know, he simply states "I don't know." How many politicians do that? I don't think Americans are seeking...

  • The Signal (2014)
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    The Signal (2014)

    23 months ago

    A perfect example of where potentially good science fiction stories go bad.

  • Predator - a New Direction
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    Predator - a New Direction

    2 years ago

    A "what if" scenario dealing with the Predator motif.

  • Mahler
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    Mahler

    2 years ago

    This is a retrospective of Ken Russell's "Mahler," which still rattles around in my head.

  • The Best Original Motion Picture Soundtracks
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    The Best Original Motion Picture Soundtracks

    20 months ago

    Original movie soundtracks can add an incredible depth and dimension to bland films and make otherwise spectacular films seem transcendent. Off the top of my head I came up with a list of soundtracks that stood out...

  • Foolproof (2003)
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    Foolproof (2003)

    2 years ago

    I kept thinking -- what if this film had been cast with a bigger-name cast, e.g., Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie (or even Kate Bekinsale), Giovanni Ribisi. Would that have added some spark that the final product missed? ...

  • Pets vs. Human Life
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    Pets vs. Human Life

    2 years ago

    It's better to keep tropical fish. (1) they are silent (2) you always know where they are (3) most of them never bite (4) it costs almost nothing to keep them fed. (5) they are beautiful to watch and ask almost nothing...

  • Stephen King Movies and TV anthologies
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    Stephen King Movies and TV anthologies

    2 years ago

    Here is an incomplete list of my assessment of Stephen King ideas brought to film. A few of them have worked very well, but most fall into the "crap" bucket. This isn't necessarily a reflection on King. ...

  • Cavemen and Economists
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    Cavemen and Economists

    2 years ago

    The sexes have two basic criteria. For women it is the attempt to find the most decent man possible who is loaded with cash. For men the criteria is finding a woman that is such a sexual bombshell that she will cause...

  • All is Lost
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    All is Lost

    2 years ago

    Redford We haven't seen Redford in a film in quite a while, and this alone was quite a treat. Yeah, sure, the man has aged but he hasn't lost his acting prowess. A number of people have never appreciated his acting...

  • The Razor's Edge (1984)
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    The Razor's Edge (1984)

    3 years ago

    I'm not going to do a comparison of the 1946 Tyrone Power/Gene Tierney version of this film with the 1984 version staring Bill Murray and Theresa Russell (Sophie). I can only tell you that I've watched both, and each...

  • The Kill Jar
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    The Kill Jar

    3 years ago

    As a young boy, I spent most of my time unsupervised. I had a few friends that were in the same situation. Together we found ways to entertain ourselves. Not all of them were savory. One of the ways we entertained...

  • Slapping Black Toddlers
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    Slapping Black Toddlers

    3 years ago

    I think Joe Rickey Hundley did what a lot of us would like to do but wouldn't because of the obvious consequences. I don't think parents should take screaming toddlers on a flight. It's torture for them to stay still...

  • Opposite Sexes, Opposite Netflix Interests = Schism
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    Opposite Sexes, Opposite Netflix Interests = Schism

    3 years ago

    If you are married or in a long-term relationship -- plus if you use Netflix -- this will seem all too familiar. You finally finish with Saturday chores, have dinner, and decide to relax by watching a DVD you rented....

  • American Gothic - 1995-1996
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    American Gothic - 1995-1996

    3 years ago

    Here are the relevant facts about the plot of "American Gothic," originally aired on TV from 1995-1996, giving you just enough information to dive into the series, to create a hint of intrigue but not so much...

  • Geeks, Bullies and Other Casualties of Class Differentiation
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    Geeks, Bullies and Other Casualties of Class Differentiation

    3 years ago

    Geeks would seem to be experiencing a kind of heyday over the last few years. They are being portrayed (in films) as geeks, but geeks who get their comeuppance against jocks, bullies and stuck-up cheerleaders. ...

  • Possible Actress for a New Wonder Woman
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    Possible Actress for a New Wonder Woman

    3 years ago

    Because I can't help myself, I keep thinking who would be the appropriate actress to play Wonder Woman (should the role ever come to fruition). I've heard nothing about anyone being seriously considered for this role....

  • No God, Sorry
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    No God, Sorry

    3 years ago

    Well, friends, I've finally had enough of the inanity of trying to justify the existence of an omniscient, all-knowing, all-seeing powerful and judgmental god that cares about us on an individual basis. Many a...

  • Comic Book Inconsistencies
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    Comic Book Inconsistencies

    3 years ago

    Anyone who has read comics for a period of years will recognize and be flummoxed by the various writer's inconsistencies with truths we (as the faithful audience) had considered enviable. First of all we have to...

  • Batman vs. Wolverine
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    Batman vs. Wolverine

    3 years ago

    If the situation warranted such a conflict, could Batman or the Wolverine stand his ground and allow the other to perish? These are hypothetical exercises. So, there is no real right or wrong. There are a plethora of...

  • Car Foibles
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    Car Foibles

    3 years ago

    It's great to own a paid-for car, but some of its deficits are depressing. I've been lucky and only needed to change the battery and tires. Then there is the pride of ownership. Year after year my car bakes in the sun...

  • One Small Step for a Man
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    One Small Step for a Man

    6 months ago

    With the recent death of Neil Armstrong, there has been a tempest in a teapot about exactly what he said before putting his foot on the moon. Some individuals (including Buzz Aldrin) claim that Armstrong forgot to add...

  • Head-Turning Glamour Gals of the 1940s to Present - Part I
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    Head-Turning Glamour Gals of the 1940s to Present - Part I

    2 months ago

    This list of glamour queens is by no means meant to be all-inclusive. I'm sure I've forgotten dozens of women I would include; however, I purposely skipped over actresses that I had not seen in a film. Please feel free...

  • Modern Screen Sirens (1940--Present, Part III)
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    Modern Screen Sirens (1940--Present, Part III)

    9 months ago

    This photographic list is a continuation of the first parts, and (like them are presented) in no order. The only requirement I had for including anyone in my list was that they sparked something a bit unearthly --...

  • Modern Screen Sirens (1940--Present, Part II)
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    Modern Screen Sirens (1940--Present, Part II)

    17 months ago

    This is Part II of the list that began with Part I. As before, there is no order to the sequencing. Photos are either imprinted with copyright information or are part of the public domain. Notice the drift from...

  • DC's Possible Counter-Offensive
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    DC's Possible Counter-Offensive

    3 years ago

    I think you can find as many comic book fans who want the entire biography of a character covered as those who don't. I'm in the "don't" category. Origin stories are as interesting as watching paint dry. For a...

  • Justice League's Wonder Woman?
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    Justice League's Wonder Woman?

    8 months ago

    There is an ongoing buzz and fan-boy chat circulating that Warner Bros. will push a Justice League (JL) film by 2015, come hell or high water. But, I also read they only recently received a viable script. No actors have...

  • Predator (1987)
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    Predator (1987)

    19 months ago

    The plot of "Predator" is a bit thicker than one might expect from a science fiction film of this type. Also, the level of tension begins rapidly, with the aid of Alan Silvestri's edgy musical score. Arnold...

  • The Misogynist for the New Century
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    The Misogynist for the New Century

    4 years ago

    Those who know me well already understand I do not have a particularly high opinion about women. According to the dictionary definitions, a misanthrope with a particularly ill feeling toward women can be considered a...

  • Powder (1995)
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    Powder (1995)

    19 months ago

    The movie "Powder" has the atmosphere of an "X-Files" episode, but with a great deal more sentiment and sense of anguish. The film was directed by Christopher Nolan who would have to wait quite a...

  • Phantom of the Opera - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
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    Phantom of the Opera - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again

    4 years ago

    Herein contains two renditions of "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from Andrew Lloyd's Webber's "Phantom of the Opera." I think any direct comparison(s) would be like comparing apples with...

  • The Bounty (1984)
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    The Bounty (1984)

    4 years ago

    The introduction to "The Bounty" is via Vangelis' master score. The music is an odd mixture of tropic paradise phrases, South Pacific Sea counterpoint, mixed with a modern blend of themes, simultaneously...

  • The Unidentifiable Power of Words
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    The Unidentifiable Power of Words

    4 years ago

    Words are powerful artifacts of thought. We have all been subjected to compliments as well as slurs. Our minds can differentiate vulgarity, from phony flattery, from shouts of panic, from tomes of literature. We...

  • Could God Pass an Ink Blot Test?
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    Could God Pass an Ink Blot Test?

    4 years ago

    Science can neither prove nor disprove the existence/nonexistence of God. The universe is both orderly and chaotic. If God is orderly, is he also chaotic? Is God schizophrenic? Stephen Hawking, British theoretical...

  • Lord of War (2005)
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    Lord of War (2005)

    4 years ago

    According to our protagonist and narrator (Nicholas Cage) he is brought up on the poor-side of NY city, in a suburb known as Little Odessa. He works in an Ukrainian family–run business–a modest restaurant. ...

  • My Favorite Silver Screen Goddesses
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    My Favorite Silver Screen Goddesses

    2 months ago

    Many if not most of these actresses were born many years before myself, but I caught them on film and was wowed by their charm and glamour. The list is by no means intended to be all-inclusive. I selected the...

  • Never Let Me Go (2010)
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    Never Let Me Go (2010)

    4 years ago

    This science fiction-based film is drawn from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro (Remains of the Day). The action revolves around Kathy (Carey Mulligan), who reflects on her time spent at Hailsham, a unique/odd English...

  • Carnality Is Good
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    Carnality Is Good

    4 years ago

    US control over Iraqi affairs is about nil at this point. The country is in upheaval following the departure of our troops and firepower. The mere fact that the new Iraq would cut deals with its long-time enemy (Iran)...

  • Gattaca (1997)
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    Gattaca (1997)

    4 years ago

    Gattaca is a highly polished movie involving perseverance as a theme, the lower notes being very ominous and disquieting. This story falls somewhere in between "1984," "Brave New World," and...

  • The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl - 1964
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    The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl - 1964

    4 years ago

    The year was 1964 and we were on our way to the Hollywood Bowl to watch The Beatles in concert. In tow was my sister, her closest friend, my younger cousin (about 8 years old at the time) and myself. I had never been...

  • Science Fiction Story:  "Late Night Call"
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    Science Fiction Story: "Late Night Call"

    4 years ago

    Jolson turns over in bed and flips on the light on the nightstand. He takes a couple of deep breaths and brushes back his unkempt hair with his fingers. He picks up a cell phone and punches in a number. "Yeah,...

  • Elvis Live at the Hilton
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    Elvis Live at the Hilton

    4 years ago

    In August of 1972 I went with my sister to see Elvis Presley at the Hilton International in Las Vegas. My sister, who had made previous visits, knew that you had to give big tips to the staff in order to get a premium...

  • The Flowers of War (2011)
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    The Flowers of War (2011)

    4 years ago

    We find Christian Bale (John), a mortician caught in the middle of the Sino-Japanese war. He barely escapes with his life to Nanjing to prepare the local priest for burial. How or why he is left in this dangerous...

  • The Fountain (2006)
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    The Fountain (2006)

    4 years ago

    The Fountain is not a motion picture for everyone. It's pacing is slow and ponderous, but I would say with an artistic flair. As a viewer one must be prepared for three story lines (past/present/future) running...

  • Batman, Nightwing, and Superman
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    Batman, Nightwing, and Superman

    4 years ago

    Batman in the Dark Knight Rises In the comics when Bruce Wayne is too old to continue as Batman, Robin (now a full adult) continues crime fighting as a character known as Nightwing. In "The Dark Knight...

  • Supermarket Hades
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    Supermarket Hades

    4 years ago

    I shop at the same supermarket week after week every Saturday. I can only visit the place once a week because of my loathing. This loathing is based on things that most people will find trivial, and perhaps they are,...

  • Supergirl (1984)
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    Supergirl (1984)

    16 months ago

    "Supergirl" has pretty much disappeared from the consciousness of film-goers, along with the last couple of Superman films -- and not without reason. Overall, "Supergirl" is not a very good motion...

  • Corolanus (2011)
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    Corolanus (2011)

    4 years ago

    There's a reason why Shakespeare's "Corolanus" is not often performed by theater groups and even less often rendered on film. It isn't a very good play ... and it makes for worse film making. Shortly after...

  • Hubpage Contributor Overload
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    Hubpage Contributor Overload

    4 years ago

    I'm wondering if any of my other fellow hubbers are experiencing this problem. As you begin to get established in the community, you start to get more followers, and this is great. But, if you are like me, you feel an...

  • Superman - Trashing a Once Great Hero
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    Superman - Trashing a Once Great Hero

    4 years ago

    The current Superman series reflects the paucity and mental incapability of the writers to retain the integrity and soul of the original hero. The current writers have turned Superman into a kind of Forrest Gump,...

  • Cube (1997)
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    Cube (1997)

    4 years ago

    "Cube" resides somewhere between sci fi and horror. Happily, the horror elements do not eclipse the basic sci fi story line. A seemingly select set of individuals are entrapped in a kind of every-changing...

  • Patton (1970)
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    Patton (1970)

    4 years ago

    From the moment that George C. Scott steps in front of the giant American flag to address the troops to the scene of his final homage, there is no equivocation that we are seeing General Patton. George C. Scott's acting...

  • The Grey (2011)
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    The Grey (2011)

    4 years ago

    "The Grey" is a gutsy, pretty much relentlessly dark film. Make no mistake about it, this is no Disney creation. It's curious that the film was given the British spelling of grey vs. the American gray, but it...

  • The Avengers - Impressions (2012)
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    The Avengers - Impressions (2012)

    4 years ago

    This will not be a review because we've been inundated with them -- rather, this will represent a series of impressions based on things I had read vs. things I actually saw. Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff /...

  • Jerimiah Johnson (1972)
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    Jerimiah Johnson (1972)

    5 months ago

    Unexpectedly, a few films you watch get under your skin and nestle there for what may turn out to be a lifetime. The film Jeremiah Johnson, filmed in 1972, staring Robert Redford, and directed by Sydney Pollack was of...

  • Stary, Stary Night
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    Stary, Stary Night

    4 years ago

    I experienced my first love/infatuation when I was in the fifth grade. This was no idle matter, nothing to be dismissed lightly -- despite my young age. I was a shrimp at the time so never did anything other than give...

  • Being Un-Friended -- An Ongoing Injury
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    Being Un-Friended -- An Ongoing Injury

    4 years ago

    At some time or another you have been "un-friended," and I'm not talking about the click of a mouse on Facebook or Twitter. Sure, being un-friended on a social Internet site can be painful, but there were (and...

  • Hugo (2011)
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    Hugo (2011)

    4 years ago

    Hugo is loosely based on Brian Selznick's novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Not a great deal is known about Georges Méliès, but the film does a fairly accurate job at portraying (perhaps) the more...

  • Technology Is Not A Religion - So Don't Put Faith In It
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    Technology Is Not A Religion - So Don't Put Faith In It

    4 years ago

    Arthur C. Clarke took a serious stab at what our lives ought to be like by the year 2001. He predicted easy transport by space clippers to rotating hotels in space. He imagined substantial colonies on the moon. Clarke...

  • The Justice League of America
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    The Justice League of America

    4 years ago

    The execs at Marvel, Disney/Paramount spent a decade preparing a summer audience for the debut of "The Avengers" - an amazingly successful grouping of Nick Fury, Hawkeye, The Black Widow, Captain America, The...

  • Disposable Income, Disposable Gadgets
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    Disposable Income, Disposable Gadgets

    4 years ago

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    Love Ain't Nothin' But Sex Misspelled

    4 years ago

    I'd enjoy taking credit for the wonderful title of this Hub, but it was written by Harlan Ellison in one of his acerbic essays from quite a few years ago. The last time I checked, Ellison was pretty damn old, as...

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    Collective Anger - Blood in the Air

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  • The Endurance of Apartment Living
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    The Disappearance of Superman's Trunks

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  • Spider (2003) The Missed Fundamentals of Story Telling
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    Spider (2003) The Missed Fundamentals of Story Telling

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  • Moscow Zero (2006)
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    Moscow Zero (2006)

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  • J. Edgar (2011)
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  • The Rapture (1991)
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    The Rapture (1991)

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    Once you get over the almost immediately noticeable shlock style in which this story will enfold, you are on your way to a lightly capriceful story of interest. Plotted out in a rather comic-book style, the plot moves...

  • Hanna (2011)
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    Hanna (2011)

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  • A No-Win Question You Never Want to Hear and a Couple of Tips
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  • Take Shelter (2011)
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    A "Realistic" Approach Toward Life

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  • Constant Scrutiny Over the Church
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  • 2010: A Space Odyssey
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    2010: A Space Odyssey

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    The Outer Limits - Sex and Science Fiction

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    I made a recent purchase of a used copy of this disc's assembly of episodes -- specifically to re-visit the Valerie 23 production at my leisure -- which I have done and still not gone on to look at the other material. ...

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    Melancholia - Not Very Melancholy

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    The Doors: Resistance Through A Soft Parade

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey - Reliving the Glory Years of the USA
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    2001: A Space Odyssey - Reliving the Glory Years of the USA

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    Super 8 (2011) - More Hype Than Story

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  • Vladimir Putin - Russia's Everything Man
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  • Two-Week-Old Kittens and Staff Sgt. Bales
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  • Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
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  • The Longest Day (1962)
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    Far From the Madding Crowd, an Opinion

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  • The Thing, You Know, The Thing
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    The Thing, You Know, The Thing

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    Tom Horn - Little Recognized Classic

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    Sarah Brightman - The Harem World Tour - Live From Las Vegas (DVD)

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  • Outlander - DVD
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  • Sarah Brightman - Diva: The Video Collection (DVD)
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    Spider-Man 3 - A Review/Analysis

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    I Robot -- Would Asimov Approve?

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  • Smallville - A Cup That Runneth Over
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    Smallville - A Cup That Runneth Over

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    The X-Files -- a Look Backward

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  • Lost ... Worse Than Using Mapquest
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    Apocalypto - Unrelenting Terror

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    Clockwork Orange - Only For the Literate

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  • Lifeforce, a Film That Will Literally Suck the Life Out of You
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    Lifeforce, a Film That Will Literally Suck the Life Out of You

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  • Will the Age of the Silver Screen Exist in Our Download-From-Your-Couch Future?
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    Will the Age of the Silver Screen Exist in Our Download-From-Your-Couch Future?

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    Utility, Hoarding, and Laziness

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    How Moving Day is Like a Fragmentation Bomb

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    Superman vs. Thor, the god of thunder

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    Living With Chaos

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  • Pat Buchanan - Just Another Paper Cup Thrown Out the Window
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    Pat Buchanan - Just Another Paper Cup Thrown Out the Window

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    Incurable Depression

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  • The Silent Treatment and 20,000 years of Evolution
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    The Silent Treatment and 20,000 years of Evolution

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    After the Rosy Glow Dissipates

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    Let Me Fly - Recommendation

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  • Madonna - Our Modern-Day Magdalene
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    Madonna - Our Modern-Day Magdalene

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    Survivalist Tips for a Contract Tech Writer

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    26 Movie Quotes That You May Have Forgotten

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    Songs From the Heart - and the Lawyers

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    Cute Little Angels vs. Horned Beasts (pt. 2)

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    Believe. Believe in What?

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    Star Trek - The United Federation of Planets

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  • It Takes More to Be a Drunk Than a Non-Drunk
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    It Takes More to Be a Drunk Than a Non-Drunk

    4 years ago

    In "Bar Fly" Mickey Rourke as Charles Bukowski says, "It is easier to be a non-drunk than a drunk." You have to think about it a minute or so, but the comment is really quite true. For anyone who has...

  • The Wrath of the Undecided
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    The Wrath of the Undecided

    4 years ago

    For those of you have the advantage of believing in a God who will take care of a lot of matters out of your control, I wish I possessed the same level of faith. While I do not dismiss or discount the possibility of...

  • Christmas Gifts, Christmas Lies
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    Christmas Gifts, Christmas Lies

    4 years ago

    At the risk of being labeled a blasphemer, Christmas is a particularly unpleasant time of year -- at least for me -- and you can save your pity. I figured out at a very early age that there is no Santa Claus, no Jesus,...

  • Good-Bye Napster, Hello Rhapsody?
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    Good-Bye Napster, Hello Rhapsody?

    5 years ago

    If you were a Napster subscriber, you received the email warning that they were being subsumed by Rhapsody. By instinct I knew the transition wasn't going to be as simple and seamless as promised ... and I was right. ...

  • Enya and Carl Jung's Anima
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    Enya and Carl Jung's Anima

    4 years ago

    First off, Carl Jung, the sidelined father of psychoanalysis, who actually contributed more to the field of psychology than his one-time predecessor, Sigmund Freud, wrote volumes of work dealing with the human...

  • Yahoo -- The Wild, The Mild and the Crazy
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    Yahoo -- The Wild, The Mild and the Crazy

    5 years ago

    For those of you who click to Yahoo as a source of news, none of this may come as a surprise. For those who do not, I will summarize what the Web page has to offer in terms of news and reader commentary. It is unclear...

  • Kim Kardashian - Life Inside a Transparent House
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    Kim Kardashian - Life Inside a Transparent House

    5 years ago

    Once an individual becomes a "public figure" their private life goes straight out the window. Open questions: Why do we hover/gravitate around the private lives of public figures? Do we expect more from them...

  • Not Your Leave It To Beaver
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    Not Your Leave It To Beaver

    5 years ago

    Compare the rating and status of this film, The Beaver, to Mel's The Passion of Christ. Since doing The Passion, Mel has been blacklisted by the predominately Jewish establishment of the film industry. Check it out....

  • D.C.'s Abasement of Wonder Woman
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    D.C.'s Abasement of Wonder Woman

    5 years ago

    For those who remember, Lynda Carter was graced with a fine pair of legs. She wore the original Wonder Woman costume to great effect. The fairly recent alteration of Wonder Woman's costume is a curious thing. The...

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