Tag: Reviews

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For those wondering what excuse Cat III had denying you his presence for so long, here’s a bone: part of that time was spent writing music reviews over at The Metal Archives. See, following the 2016 election, politics became a horrible drag, so I left it for the uplifting calm of Satanic death metal. As […]

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Recommended (and Not) Viewing on Prime

 

I thought I’d do you the favor of listing some more quick Amazon Prime Video recommendations so you don’t have to waste your time wading through mediocre productions. This is assuming our tastes align, but have I gone wrong before?

You’re welcome.

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“Shtisel” is a brilliant Israeli series that follows a family from a conservative Jewish community in Jerusalem. There are no fireworks–just the drama of ordinary lives–but it works well. It’s real, and even disturbing at times, without sinking into fatalism. The characters develop, so I’m glad I stuck it out after the first couple of […]

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Small Screen Review: “Jessica Jones”

 

jjIn a comparison between the two giants of comic book entertainment, I’ve seen it stated that DC presents stories of gods and demigods – myths for modern time – while Marvel presents stories of human beings who happen to have powers. If any recent storyline presents that latter concept well it has to be the Netflix series, “Jessica Jones.”

In fact, “Jessica Jones” is a very human story. Super-powered beings are integral to the tale, but initially the powers seem to be incidental to the characters. It takes some time for any powers to be used in earnest and in all honesty I think it does the series well. By using a slow burn, we get time to learn about the players in this tale. The powers don’t distract us from who these people are and what’s going on at the first.

Krysten Ritter plays the title character. She is a private investigator working in Hell’s Kitchen (a familiar location for those who saw “Daredevil”) in a dingy little office that is also her apartment. Ritter is a waif of a person, which contrasts well with her character’s super strength and attitude. Occasionally she does a job or two for attorney Jeri Hogarth (played by Carrie-Anne Moss). A nice, wholesome Midwestern couple approaches Jones in the first episode. She was recommended to them and they need Jones to help them find their missing daughter, Hope.

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I’ve finally finished Fallout 4. For certain values of “finished”. I tend to put off the main quest line in games like this because actually following through prevents you from exploring other sections of the game. So I did this and that, and finally pushed through the rest of the story. True to form it […]

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Dr. No was a hit and United Artists wasted no time in greenlighting a sequel. As From Russia With Love was famously one of John F. Kennedy’s ten favorite books, per Life magazine, Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman picked the book for their next adaptation. In point of fact From Russia With Love was the […]

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‘What Have You Read?’

 

Here on Ricochet lately, we’ve been having a number of discussions between and about “Social Conservatives” and “Libertarians.” (Don’t ask.) In this context a question arose which might be summarised as follows: “What have you read?” I should like to ask this question more generally – not least because there are certain books that can be an education in themselves.

But which ones, and why, specifically, should we read them? We’ve all only got so much time, and some of these books aren’t cheap. Without at least something to spark our interest[1] or otherwise inspire us, the way to a vivid world of understanding may remain lost forever in the shadowy Terra Incognita of our minds; an echo of which may now and then reach us, before fading back “into the forest dim.”[2] Sometimes even when we’ve gone and got the book, it sits there on our shelves waiting hopefully for a day that may never come.

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So let me get this out of the way: Guardians of the Galaxy is a very entertaining film. Even better, it’s entertaining in a way that doesn’t cater to a specific audience, i.e. my fellow comic book nerds. It instead manages to be accessible to just about anyone who watches it and can reasonably suspend […]

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