Best “Nice” Movies

Niceness is not something that is generally held up as an upper-tier virtue in society. Instead we just got through another nasty election season consisting of battle-lines drawn, weapons hurled, and an election night that resulted in a "choose-your-own-story" victory narrative in which the only real consensus reached was that we are an increasingly divided …

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20 Years Later: Best Films of 1998

As has been the case with all my previous retrospective lists (1997, 2007, 2008), looking back at the world in film twenty years ago has been a very rewarding experience. Perspective is something that is painfully missing every awards season as most awards contenders are declared great barely months after they have first been seen. …

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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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