Category Archives: Review

TBT: Jesus of Montreal

During Lent, Christians observe certain traditions: they avoid meat and eat fish, and they watch movies about the life of Jesus. There are so many of these movies, and their clichés are so well-known, that to watch one is to … Continue reading

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The Warmth of Other Suns

I just finished reading The Warmth of Other Suns, which is based on hundreds of interviews and documents the Great Migration of Southern Blacks to the north and west during the 20th Century. The migration reminded me of the Dust Bowl … Continue reading

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Book Review: How to Live a Good Life

Today is the official book release date for How to Live a Good Life: A Guide to Choosing Your Personal Philosophy by Penguin Random House (Amazon link here), a collection of 15 essays edited by Massimo Pigliucci, Skye Cleary and … Continue reading

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The Existentialism of Naked and Afraid

In recent weeks, I have been binge-watching episodes of the series Naked and Afraid. The premise of this reality show is two strangers–a man and a woman–are dropped off in the wilderness naked and must survive for 21 days. They … Continue reading

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Film Review: Some Cultural and Philosophical Notes on Joker

I watched Joker last night. I do not wish to give away spoilers, except to warn you not to take children to watch the movie, as it contains difficult imagery and themes. This is not the only sinister clown film … Continue reading

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Maleficent: the Evolution of Fairy Tale Morality

When we were children, fables often had morality woven into them. The tale of the boy who liked to scare his village by announcing the visit of a wolf … until a REAL wolf showed up, showed us the importance … Continue reading

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TBT: The Matrix

Keanu Reeves has confirmed that there will be a Matrix 4. The Matrix is not only a film series: it’s also a mythology for our times. It has inspired countless philosophy books and discussions, and one of the films even … Continue reading

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Things to Learn from Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale was a best-selling 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, which was turned into a TV series in recent years. My neighbor and I have been binge-watching episodes of it for months, after it was recommended by a co-worker. … Continue reading

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TBT: #CirqueDuSoleil’s Alegría

Around the year 1996, I used to go on all-day trips from the University of Puerto Rico campus, where I studied, to walk around the very-walkable, elegant, 500-year-old colonial city of Old San Juan. I’ve always enjoyed the colonial architecture, … Continue reading

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“I will dream-fast with you” – The Dark Crystal, a Brief Review

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is the magical 10-episode long prequel series to the 1982 movie Dark Crystal. It’s a bit of Dune (giant worms), a bit of Avatar (fauna), a bit of Hunger Games and The 100. Both … Continue reading

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