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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Directed by Peter Weir. With Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd, James D’Arcy. During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America. I had somehow managed to completely miss this when it came out and only saw it today because I had literally nothing else to watch. It’s a fine film, not up my alley, but still a fantastic story with amazing boat adventures. Buy On Amazon!

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Superman: Man of Tomorrow

Directed by Chris Palmer. With Darren Criss, Zachary Quinto, Ike Amadi, Eugene Byrd. Daily Planet intern Clark Kent takes learning-on-the-job to new extremes when Lobo and Parasite set their sights on Metropolis. A well done origin story for a little known and seldom mentioned character named “Superman”. I’m told that this is yet another re-start of the animated universe for DC, so even the stuff that DC was doing right is now getting overwritten. Check it out if you’re excited to learn about Superman’s formative years in Metropolis in an alternative timeline that won’t matter in a few years when...

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American Factory

Directed by Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert. With Junming ‘Jimmy’ Wang, Robert Allen, Sherrod Brown, Dave Burrows. In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a factory in an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America. Absolutely horrifying to hear Chinese executives complain about how American workers won’t work weekends and want to see their families. Also horrifying to see that kind of behavior is acceptable and straight up expected from their employees in mainland China. QQ: if you have a job that you’re...

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Legends of Tomorrow Anthology

It’s four powerhouse tales in one colossal comic, as some of comics’ most legendary talents launch new tales of Firestorm, Metamorpho, Metal Men and Sugar and Spike—that’s right, Sugar and Spike! Two reason to pick this up: 1 – it sorta features one of the characters from the TV show of the same name. 2 – Sugar & Spike, the goofy / chibi characters from the 50’s are reimagined as hard boiled detectives that track down unique threats to superheroes. The Metal Men and Firestorm stories are what you would expect from those character, nothing too exciting, but as I...

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Black Rain

  In a darkly warped near future, lucrative disease cures are brokered on Wall Street’s Genetic Stock Exchange. And the hottest consumer products are artificially synthesized humans that serve as everything from domestic slaves to combatants in savage gladiatorial games. For Jack Saxton, the young heir to genetic design powerhouse Genico Inc., these Synthates are just a fact of life…until the murder of a high-profile genetic scientist leads a pair of seasoned NYPD detectives to Genico’s door. As a small band of Synthate rebels steps up its attack on the status quo, Jack encounters a pleasure-parlor girl who opens his...

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Valérian #1

Valérian and Laureline, spatio-temporal Galaxity agents, are playing chess when they’re called by the head of the space-time department. They’re told that Xombul has escaped from prison taking with him a space-time spaceship. He is located in New York in 1986, where the world is experiencing a global collapse, a cataclysm: the explosion of an H bomb in the Arctic is changing the climate of the Earth. Valérian heads off in search of Xombul. Amazon gave me #1, #25, and some other random issue of this series, of which I had no experience with. I was somewhat interested in the...

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Rogue

Directed by M.J. Bassett. With Megan Fox, Philip Winchester, Greg Kriek, Brandon Auret. O’Hara is a mercenary leading a squad of soldiers on their mission to rescue hostages in remote part of Africa. Unfortunately the mission goes wrong and the team are stranded, forced to survive against the local rebels. Bad CGI aside, this was a perfectly mediocre film that used nearly every badass lady trope that I know. Megan Fox was able to do it somewhat convincingly, at least she was more real than the lions in the film. Buy On Amazon!

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Ballistic (The Palladium Wars Book 2)

  “I gulped down Ballistic in one long read, staying awake half the night, and now I want the next one!” -George R. R. Martin There is a personal price to pay for having aligned with the wrong side in a reckless war. For Aden Jansen it’s the need to adopt a new identity while keeping his past hidden. Now he’s integrated himself aboard the Zephyr, a merchant ship smuggling critical goods through dangerous space. But danger is imminent on planet Gretia, as well. Under occupation, torn between postwar reformers and loyalists, it’s a polestar for civil unrest. Meanwhile an...

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Life Magazine, September 11, 2001

As never before, it was a tale of two years. Through September 10, the United States was a nation at peace, moving leisurely through a year in which not terribly much was happening. Sharks and movie stars and an economic malaise dominated small-sized headlines. Then, in a moment, everything changed. The country, visited by an unspeakable horror, was plunged into an altered universe. Terror, death and war were constants in the New Normal. Here, in vivid imagery, is the story of that year — of those years. A quick read, if you’re only looking at the words, this was part...

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