Monthly Archives: November 2018

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Review

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, by legendary directors Joel and Ethan Coen, is another straight-to-Netflix affair. Uninformed of the reasons why they made this move, I can still guess at a couple of them: their previous film Hail, Caesar! (2016) … Continue reading

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Joe Abercrombie – Red Country (2012) Review

Also in this series: The Blade Itself (2006) Before They are Hanged (2007) Last Argument of Kings (2008) Best Served Cold (2009) The Heroes (2011) With Red Country, the sixth First Law book and situated another decade after The Heroes … Continue reading

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Peter Godfrey-Smith – Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life (2017) Review

The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien. The fact that the octopus shows any kind of intelligence has implications on a cosmic level. First, you have to realize that the octopus is incredibly far … Continue reading

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Mandy (2018) Review

Mandy is a pretty strange film, even for the standards of Nicholas Cage. So, a quick introduction of the story: Cage, a lumberjack, lives in the woods with his wife Mandy (Andrea Riseborough), but then Mandy is kidnapped by an … Continue reading

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Yuval Noah Harari – 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (2018) Review

Historian Yuval Noah Harari made a name for himself with his successful non-fiction book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. A very readable and easy to understand view of the rise of humanity, yet also brimming with fresh perspectives. Then … Continue reading

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The Handmaiden (2016) Review

9/10 If you’ve seen the crazy Korean film Oldboy (2003) then you know that director Park Chan-Wook can direct emotionally-heavy, disturbing, twisted yet beautiful films. His newest, The Handmaiden, is just like that and a long, heavy, stunningly directed masterwork … Continue reading

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Frank Herbert – Heretics of Dune (1984) Review

Another giant leap into the future; another 1500 years. The Worm may be long gone, but his impact upon the universe still reverberates through the ages. The Tyrant is still a daily topic of conversation; at least among the Bene … Continue reading

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