Star Wars – The Force Awakens Reaction and Review

I posted my review and reaction to The Force Awakens as a vlog. I wanted to talk, rather than write, about it.

Have you seen the new Star Wars movie yet? What did you think? Let me know :)

Problematic Gender Politics in Jurassic World or An Argument for Its Own Sake

promotional image for Jurassic World featuring Bryce Dallas Howard

I just got back from seeing Jurassic World, the long-awaited successor to Jurassic Park. Movie-goers spent over $208 million in the US, giving the movie the most successful opening weekend ever. It’s not hard to understand why. It’s incredibly fun. Chris Pratt nails his role as a velociraptor trainer. Think of him like the most badass falconer that could possibly exist. Basically that.

Excuse my swoony digression. The rest of this post discusses plot developments from the movie. This is your spoiler warning. Continue reading

Review – Interstellar (spoiler-free)

I’ve been anticipating Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar since it was announced. The premise is an idea that’s close to my heart: humanity must leave Earth if we’re to persevere as a species. I enjoyed the movie. It was moving and dramatic. It fell just short of the movie I was hoping it would be, though. Continue reading

Pride & The Future

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Students have been clamoring for every available hour I have to prepare for finals next week. This afternoon was quiet, though, it’s the earliest I’ve ever been able to get off the farm and I don’t have students on Fridays or Saturdays. Yeah, I made sure I worked days off into my schedule this term.

There’s a bunch of stuff I want to share and talk about. So, this is going to be an Interests & Excitement post! Remember when I did one of those once? Well, it’s back.

I’m going to break this into two categories: Personal & Accomplishments, and News & Entertainment. Here we go. Continue reading

Dangers of Being Young in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games is an examination of the increasingly dangerous and even deadly world our young people live in.

More than ever, they are expected to participate in pop culture, to engage entertainment, and to emulate what is advertised to them. They become a part of the spectacle of the evolving reality-entertainment. Their peers judge them, not on natural merits, but on the standards advertised to them by mainstream style corporations. Continue reading

Ender’s Game Comic

I just finished the Ender’s Game comic series from Marvel. It was not what I expected and it is hard to imagine what it would have been like if I had not read the novel three or four times already. But it was good. Great even. The style was mesmerizing and the adaptation really worked. Continue reading