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“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” - Dr. Seuss

Avengers Assemble

Suspect that Joss Whedon & cowriter made the first half hour of this movie clunky ON PURPOSE so they could create the effect of all hell breaking loose/the pace getting faster and faster in the second half. This movie is totally about conceptual team-ups and rivalries - Tony Stark’s ...

Movie Reviews

These are the movies I saw at Fantasia with petronia, with links to her (less reductive) reviews:Ip Man (The Prequel) : Ip Man is Bruce Lee's martial arts teacher, and this is the story of how he first joins his master's school, the successes and failures he experiences as he ...

Christmas Movies

I watched two family-friendly dog movies and a Focus on the Family-approved fantasy movie with my cousins over the break. Hachi: A Dog's Tale This is a SAD movie. It needs to come with a warning. I'm not kidding. Spoilers hidden, because the makers of this movie go out of ...

Grave of the Fireflies

I was in the mood to feel sad a few weeks ago, and I realized I'd never seen this. So I went to Youtube and watched the subbed version. (Ignoring the OP's comments. I can cry and treasure a good movie just fine without your help, but ...

Inception, Finally

I know it's redundant to endorse the movie at this point, but: it's much better than you'd guess from the trailer or (non-spoiler) synopsis. Those make Inception look like a heist flick that takes place in the subconscious - which it still is, kind of - in a way that ...

January 1st 2013
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My 2012 In Review

I didn't write much this year - or not much fiction anyway. I wrote my masters thesis, and though it could have been much better I am content with the way it came out.  In nonfiction land, I signed on as a contributor to The Hooded Utilitarian. Though I don't have ...
November 12th 2012
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Big Bang @ Prudential Center, 12/9/12

As promised on tumblr. This is very long, so I apologize in advance. ^^ BTW, I'm sitting in a cafe in New Brunswick next to someone using "Fantastic Baby" as a ringtone, and it turns out she was also at the show on Friday. Small world! The New York ...
September 12th 2012
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I turned in my master's thesis. It's kinda weak - I wrote the conclusion in 24 hours including searching for supporting references - but it's a personal milestone for me since it's the longest thing I have ever finished, more-or-less on time. It's 50 pages without references or appendixes (but ...
July 19th 2012
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Olympics, etc.

I am so totally out of the Olympic loop - though I heard there's an outdoor screen at the Castle Museum gardens in York that's doing public screenings of Olympic events, so I might go to that. I missed the torch when it passed through a few weeks ago. ...
July 15th 2012
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6-years-too-late review of disposable teen comedy, John Tucker Must Die

Saw this with M. It's really not too bad... if you ignore the ending, aha. Especially the casting for John Tucker is good: at first you are like, what do any of these girls see in this guy? But by the end you are like, hmm, ...


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