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Alien

An adventure in space

In the near future, mankind has taken its powers over nature into outer space. Men can now mine other planets; they have the ships to travel between them; the humans are frozen in time, as best can be done, during the long voyages. A ship returning from a mining expedition […]

Aliens 2

A note on the neediness of the human being

The peculiarity of Cameron’s story is the suggestion embedded in the setting, as opposed to the action, that man’s conquest of nature may be a bad idea. Our heroine is not willing to go around conquering nature, she must be compelled to act; then the […]

Aliens 1

A note on discovering, & destroying, dangerous animals

In the near future, mankind has taken its powers over nature into outer space. Men can now mine other planets; they have the ships to travel between them; & the Marines to fight mankind’s wars. Colonies are sent to inhabit some of the planets. Scientific expeditions […]

The Terminator

A note on the possibility of a heroic woman

Come with me if you want to live. Mid the tumult, these are the first words Sarah Connor hears. The man speaking to her has already shot a man who was trying to kill her. She cannot act – fear of death has paralyzed her. […]

The Bourne Legacy

What price peace?

The latest Bourne movie shows us what the previous movies concealed, the necessary conditions of this tragedy: The perspective, the necessity, & the virtues of the men trying to kill these unnatural warriors. Jason Bourne has happily disappeared to his private happiness. Another man, aptly named Aaron Cross, is our protagonist. […]

Total recall (2012)

A note on man’s love of adventure

In the near future, mankind will have desolated our planet through scientific means of conducting warfare. People carry on as if what had happened was inevitable. Indeed, policemen are not infrequently machines now. The metropolis needs science even more now that the survival of the species is […]

Total Recall

A Martian adventure

In the near future, mankind will have turned to science to explore the nearer planets of the solar system, as well as the nature of the brain. The coming problem seems to be this: Science has transformed mankind to such an extent that it is no longer clear what it means […]

Blade Runner

A terrestrial adventure

In the near future, mankind will have turned to science to explore the nearer planets of the solar system, creating machines that resemble human beings to aid & succor them in inhospitable worlds. These are called replicants, imitations of the thing itself, the human being, though they are living bodies themselves. […]

The Dark Knight Rises

A note on chaos & law, continued

A doctor in a jail teaches Bruce Wayne that man will bear defeat easily if he fears death, which supplies strength when nobility would fain desist. Defeated, his body broken, his enemy has brought the shadows back to the city to prove that chaos & oblivion are […]