Tag Archives: Dystopia

Movie Review: “Blade Runner 2049” (‘As clear as dreaming’)

10 Oct

I can’t remember ever being as disturbed and enthralled at one time by any movie as by “Blade Runner 2049.” That makes it fine art in my eyes.

The movie is disturbing because it so explicitly poses questions about personhood, objectification and empathy. I gasped a few times and flinched several more times, and so did my companion. Besides the consent issues, the violence in it is also disturbing, and this vision of 2049 is even more dystopic for PoC and women; however, I saw those elements not as gratuitous, but rather as deliberate showcasing of the problems of society. I’ll discuss that more after the spoiler warning. Continue reading

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278. The Postman (1997) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”

3 Aug

The Post Office, mules, and Shakespeare, oh my!  In our fourth edition of the Torture Cinema Childhood Destruction feature, we take a stab at the infamous Costner vehicle, The Postman.  This is Mike’s movie, so we make sure to make him feel very welcome.  Oh, hell.  Who are we kidding?  Someone suffers during this episode, but it isn’t Mike…

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Book Review – INK AND BONE by Rachel Caine

17 Jul

Imagine if the Royal Library of Alexandria had not been destroyed in flames.

In Ink and Bone, Rachel Caine uses this alternate history speculation to craft a universe where the “Great Library” has survived and flourished through the centuries, expanded with satellite institutions around the world. The cultural influence and political power of the Library is significant, holding absolute control over written knowledge. Ownership of printed books is illegal, but Library-approved materials are ‘mirrored’ from the original texts through alchemy by Obscurists to personal blank ‘book’ instruments of Library design called Codexes. Continue reading

270. Logan’s Run (1976) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”

6 May

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Carousels, Popsicle people, and protein from the sea, oh my!  In this very special “Childhood Destruction” edition of Torture Cinema, the entire crew (minus Mike) join forces to talk about David’s childhood movie crush, Logan’s Run.

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Mining the Genre Asteroid: Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner

20 Feb

Donald Hogan is a spy.

Meanwhile, his roommate, Norman House, suspects nothing of this. To him, Donald is a self employed dilettante. Bookish, maybe, but not a bad guy. Norman has other things to occupy him, like his rising star at General Technics. General Technics is a corporation vast enough and powerful enough to contemplate a political and economic takeover of an small, refugee-laden African nation which by all rights should be absorbed, conquered, or writhing in civil war and discontent like much of the continent. And yet it is not. Why? Continue reading

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