Tag Archives: Rant

Torture Inflation

There is a serious subject whose portrayal needs to be discussed: torture.  Unlike other violence or use of guns, there seems to have been relatively little debate around this except as regards the drama series 24 (where the very premise repeats … Continue reading

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A Christmas Anti-Carol

Christmas hits blared out of Carol’s car on the last leg of the journey home.  She opened the windows and sang along at the top of her lungs.  She hoped the other drivers could hear her over the roar of  … Continue reading

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Time Travel Pitfalls Part 3: Forget all the rules if you’ve got character

The thing was, I loved the animated film of the Flashpoint Paradox which I have just been slagging off.  Despite my problems with the main plot, it was great to see very different versions of well-known characters in dystopian situations.  … Continue reading

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The Pitfalls of Writing Time Travel, Part 2

2) Don’t get bogged down in the rules The finest films to feature time travel avoid detail about how it works.  Take Terminator: when Kyle Reese is asked about the time machine, he snaps “I didn’t build the thing!” You … Continue reading

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The pitfalls of writing time travel (part one)

Time travel is a wondrous gift that keeps giving to science fiction.  It has become as important a staple as the intelligent machine or the spacecraft.  This is how it should be.  As Terry Pratchett said, if only one person … Continue reading

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A rant about the film “Arrival”

Don’t let me spoil this film for you.  It is very well done and enjoyable, especially the first encounter with the aliens.  Most people won’t have a problem with the ending, or if they do, it won’t be as extreme … Continue reading

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A Rant about the Arrival film [Spoilers after intro paras]

Don’t let me spoil this film for you. It is very well done and enjoyable, especially the first encounter with the aliens. Most people won’t have a problem with the ending, or if they do, it won’t be as extreme … Continue reading

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