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The Martian

The present & future of heroism

An astronaut on a mission gets stranded after a completely ludicrous accident meant to scare an audience so badly educated that they do not know what all astronauts would know, & any schoolkid could know before he turns ten. Science stories have a strange notion of poetic rhetoric: […]

Good will hunting

This is the movie that won Robin Williams the Oscar. Like long ago happened, the Oscar went to the man who saves America. This is not common practice anymore…

If you want to understand the story, just think of Will Hunting as a madman in the making, a man whose great talents & great […]

The Departed

On retributive justice

This is the story of two young men who grow up in Boston to become policemen. They confront each other, one as a spy for a criminal, the other as an undercover agent infiltrating the criminal organization.

The undercover cop is Billy Costigan. His father’s family were hardened criminals, already the […]

The Adjustment Bureau

Liberalism & free will

This starts like the Barack Obama movie – up to somebody saying thinking seriously is above his pay grade. The meteoric rise of a young politician who merely flatters people by allowing them to associate with him, but who has never accomplished anything. This young man talks about how young […]

The Bourne Identity

Death was following close behind him

The first Bourne movie is fittingly the daring story of a daring man. We can only hope we will not regret it, for daring labors under several difficulties. Fans & director alike kindly ignore them out of kindred spirit, but sensible men must notice them to understand them. […]

True Grit (2010)

The dim twilight of heroes

Young Mattie Ross asks: Who is the best marshal? Bill Waters is the best tracker. He’s part Comanche. The meanest is Rooster Cogburn; a pitiless man, double tough. Fear don’t enter into his thinking. I’d have to say the fairest is L.T. Quinn; he always brings in his prisoners […]