Category Archives: Movies

Movies that would be different with the Three Laws of Robotics

First, so you know what’s going on, Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey the orders given to … Continue reading

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Anniversaries for 2014

A few months ago, I realised that 2014 will be the 2000th anniversary of the death of the Emperor Augustus — certainly one of the Great Men of History. As part of my personal commemoration of said emperor, I’m going … Continue reading

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My Hobbit rant

I write this now in hopes that, having got it into the ether, I will be able to watch The Desolation of Smaug in December and enjoy myself… Before I really get going with my The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey … Continue reading

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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and ‘The Wolverine': Can’t we just have fun anymore?

I just watched the first episode of a horrifyingly ‘real’ and dark miniseries on the BBC called The Escape Artist. This, it seems, is the sort of thing people who like TV like. This and Breaking Bad. Or other shows … Continue reading

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The Nibelungenlied: Vengeance

This is the final post in series on the Middle High German epic The Nibelungenlied. We began with variations, then moved on to history followed by deception and betrayal. We now come to vengeance. Revenge is a dish best served … Continue reading

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The Nibelungenlied: Variations

In April I was walking through the Universit├Ątsbibliothek here in T├╝bingen and saw that there was a little display about the Nibelungs there, including some really fake-looking treasure to represent the hoard of the Nibelungs. I looked through it, at … Continue reading

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The Importance of ‘The Naked Time’ (Star Trek: TOS, S1, E4)

In Berlin, the thing that excited me the most was not the Brandenburger Tor (which is cool), or Checkpoint Charlie (also cool), or a bit of the Wall (also cool), but Queen Nefertiti. And then, after Queen Nefertiti and the … Continue reading

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Trimalchio and Gatsby

Little knowing that I would be auditing a Latin course on Petronius’ Satyricon this term, I reread F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby in September as part of preparation for the film in December.* Gatsby is most famous not only … Continue reading

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Ginger Beer and Re-trying Stuff

Today I was out with a friend, and I happened to have a ginger beer. It reminded me of the first and second times I had ginger beer. The first time was as a child visiting Fort Edmonton, a fantastic … Continue reading

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The Hobbit: Please Only Make Two Films

I have read The Hobbit four times. Once when I was in Grade 4, once in Grade 12, once aloud with friends in between degrees, and once again during my Master’s at U of T. I am likely to reread … Continue reading

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