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Star Trek

On captaincy

This is the story of how the young James Kirk assumed the captaincy of the USS Enterprise. Before we can recount the particular facts & choices which might help us make sense of this ascent, we must note a strange fact. The story involves time travel & two different histories, so we […]

Dredd (2012)

A note on how war defends law

There is a drug on the streets that seems to cancel time. Dredd is the enemy of this drug. Justice means paying for your crimes. If there is no time, there are no consequences, no choices, no actions. We get glimpses of what this slowness looks like; […]

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

A note on political freedom & war

We mentioned that the wizard is the first to show the willingness to sacrifice his life for his cause. His friends take the lesson to heart. We reflect that good men are easily lost to necessity this way, their cause none the better. So what was the […]

The Bourne Supremacy

Out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword

This time, Bourne attempts to live the private life. He has found a woman who loves him & whom he loves. He has learnt, apparently, not to be curious. He flees to another continent. So long as nobody knows him, he does not mind not […]

Red 1

The end of heroic spies

R.E.D. means retired, extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, this pun shan’t catch. Apparently, some young bureaucrat with delusions of efficiency retires men specialized in retiring those with whom the government disagrees, if you follow… Administration vs. the executive does not sound like the fight of the century, but it discloses the […]