By Sam Staley | Tuesday August 1, 2017 at 1:00 PM PST | Comments Off on Review: Valerian Entertains with Focus on Visual Effects and Personal Dignity
Sometimes the box office is not a good indicator of a film’s quality, and such is the case with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The movie’s aesthetic is a satisfyingly conscious blend of space opera, fantasy, and action with a European flare. Throw in deep-seated government corruption that leads to planetary...
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By Sam Staley | Friday November 28, 2014 at 9:55 AM PST | Comments Off on Interstellar Liberty and the Foibles of Progressivism
Spoiler Alert: This blog post may contain clues to key plot points in the 2014 film Interstellar. One of the cornerstones of progressive political thought is that experts should be put in charge of public policy, using “scientific” management and “evidence-based” policy analysis to determine and implement social policy. Few areas of policy have...
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By Sam Staley | Thursday August 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM PST | 11 Comments
I was underwhelmed leaving the theater after watching Star Trek: Into Darkness, and I found the reaction puzzling. I remain a fan of the original TV series, despite welcome advancements in special effects, and this movie was largely faithful to the series and characters. Plus, the movie was well crafted with plenty of action...
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