Book Review: The Girl Who Played With Fire

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu11/25/17
By Stieg Larsson  •  This novel is a malcontented progressive’s wet dream. Stereotypical would not begin to describe the clichés and poor writing, which make up this zero between two bound covers. More » • (138 views)

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Book Review: The Devil’s Feast

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu11/20/17
By M.J. Carter  •  It is the spring of 1842, four months since Avery and Blake concluded their adventures in “The Infidel Hand.” Avery has been called back to London from his home in Devon, to convince Blake to accept a commission from the powerbroker Sir Theophilus Collinson More » • (96 views)

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Movie Review: The Wind and the Lion

by Steve Lancaster11/19/17
This is one of the most romantic movies of the 20th century. There is no sex, nudity, or obscene language, although there is a fair amount of violence. The movie released in 1975 is one of the last filmed in Spain before the death of Franco and therefore had the active involvement of the Spanish government in providing extras More » • (88 views)

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Movie Review: The Circle

by Brad Nelson11/16/17
This is a documentary of Apple employees in their big new spaceship headquarters. Or a bird’s eye view of Facebook culture. Or a look at Google’s creepy campus culture. Or it is an unwritten short story by George Orwell. The worst case scenario is that you see nothing out of the ordinary. More » • (263 views)

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Book Review: The Strangler Vine

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu11/6/17
A Blake and Avery novel, by M.J. Carter • Available for Kindle  •  The year is 1837. The Indian subcontinent is the location. The proximate setting is Calcutta on the Hooghly in Bengal, headquarters of the British East India Company sometimes known as John Company. More » • (208 views)

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A Few Thoughts on Casablanca

by Brad Nelson10/22/17
This is not a full and complete review of Casablanca, although it should serve as a launching point for further discussion. I posted this on Facebook in 2010. It’s nothing special. I’m still not the writer I need to be to tackle this review. But here are those few thoughts (slightly edited) from the Wayback Machine: More » • (302 views)

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Melancholia: Rethinking a Movie

by Jon N. Hall9/30/17
Thinking that I would soon have to trade in my DVR and thus lose all my recorded movies I decided to watch one that I had recorded more than three years ago but hadn’t seen: Melancholia (2011) by the Danish writer-director Lars von Trier. As I survey von Trier’s oeuvre, More » • (144 views)

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TV Series Review: The Wire

by Steve Lancaster9/18/17
The Wire is a five-season crime drama from HBO. It is available on Amazon Prime. The series is 60 episodes and the first thing I recommend is that you think of each season as an extremely long movie. Each season has a general theme that reappears in the next season most often as a side note to some other investigation. More » • (261 views)

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Movie Review: The Founder

by Steve Lancaster8/31/17
I have avoided watching this movie for several years, but as it is available on Netflix I thought it might be worth some time. The movie claims to be the story of how Ray Kroc, an obscure salesman from the Midwest, became the biggest name in the restaurant business. More » • (525 views)

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TV Series Review: True Detective

by Steve Lancaster8/26/17
True Detective is available on Amazon or as part of your HBO subscription.  •  True Detective should be much better than it is. I had previously avoided watching this 2-season series. In part, because I dislike Woody Harrelson as an actor. I find him one-dimensional and stiff. More » • (300 views)

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Movie Reviews: Max Manus / Occupied

by Steve Lancaster8/5/17
Max Manus: Man of War  •  Two reviews, both are Norwegian, subtitled, and available on Netflix. Don’t let the subtitles keep you from these two. Max Manus is a real historical hero of the Norwegian resistance during WW II. Max volunteers to assist the Finns to repulse the Soviet invasion in November of 1939. More » • (8125 views)

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Book Review: The Administrative Threat

by Anniel7/29/17
Phillip Hamburger, Author. Published by Encounter Books. Available on Kindle.  •  I had previously written an article on StubbornThings about Phillip Hamburger and Extralegal Law. The article was not a book review, but was rather about something that was brought up during an interview with Professor Hamburger More » • (273 views)

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