Big Screen Double-Feature: Searching & The Little Stranger

It's time for me to confess something: For the last few months whenever I just need to zone out I've found myself lulled into the genteel murder mysteries of Midsomer Murders, of which every episode is currently on Netflix. After two dozen episodes (each about 100 minutes long) I've got the formula down pat: there …

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Best Hard Science Fiction Movies

"Hard science fiction" distinguishes itself from its "soft science fiction" counterpart in a simlar way that the "hard" sciences and "soft" sciences differ. Where soft science fiction takes scientific and futuristic concepts but bends it to its own narrative purposes (Star Wars being the most famous example of "soft science fiction") hard science fiction instead bends …

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Franchise Ruminations: The Dark Knight Trilogy – The Iconoclasm of the Superhero

The Dark Knight Trilogy is an important addition to the current explosion (or glut, depending on your perspective) of all things superhero-related in modern Hollywood. Christopher Nolan's blockbuster trilogy came during a lull in the superhero craze, when the initial wave of mainstream superhero movies (Spider-Man, X-Men) had given way to a string of critical …

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