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reviewed Aggressive Snobs. April 06, 2013
Aggressive Snobs
Actually synonyms could probably be "arrogant snobs" or "educated bigots" now that I think about it.      There are different levels of being a snob, especially …
reviewed The Book of Job. February 03, 2013
The Book of Job
This has been cited as one of the greatest works in human history and one of the most memorable texts in the Bible. Not going against that status, I encourage everyone to read it at one point in their …
reviewed Things Fall Apart: A Novel. January 20, 2013
Things Fall Apart: A Novel
I am truly disappointed that I wasn't assigned this in High School. I just finished reading this and...God, I loved it. It's a mini-epic, an exploration of the Nigerian culture before and after …
reviewed In Light of Shadows: More Tales by Iz.... January 04, 2013
In Light of Shadows: More Tales by Izumi Kyoka
The Meiji Era was fertile ground for some of the greatest Japanese minds of the 20th century, such as classic writers such as Natsume Soseki, Koda Rohan, and Ogai Mori. Izumi Kyoka is another one of those …
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posted a Quick Tip about Chimes at Midnight (aka Falstaff). June 14, 2013
Chimes at Midnight (aka Falstaff)
This is the Orson Welles film that nobody has ever seen. What gives?? I understand the movie had some major licensing problems back in the day, but nowadays you can watch the movie on Youtube free of …
posted a Quick Tip about The Last Temptation of Christ. June 03, 2013
The Last Temptation of Christ
I thought it was a powerful novel.  Out of all the modern artistic efforts that have been made to humanize Christ, this is probably one of the most notable (infamous?). Taking inspiration from Kazantzakis' …
posted a Quick Tip about Toho Kingdom. April 27, 2013
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Toho Kingdom
This site is one of the most informational pages for Japanese cinema on the net. Tons of films are listed in the database, neatly categorized by release date and stuff. It's also clean and nicely …
posted a Quick Tip about Ryo Hanmura. April 03, 2013
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Ryo Hanmura
His name is generally written as Ryou or Ryō Hanmura.      The man who wrote MUSUBI NO YAMA HIROKU (an epic fantasy saga reinterpreting 400 years of Japan's real history through …
posted a Quick Tip about Watchmen (graphic novel). March 18, 2013
Although comic books have been evolving for years, I really think it was the publication of WATCHMEN which proved to general audiences that the medium could have narratives worthy of effective literature.  …
posted a Quick Tip about Japanese Gothic Tales. March 07, 2013
Japanese Gothic Tales
Izumi Kyoka is sort of akin to the Edgar Allen Poe of Japan. Both writers are renowned for their highly influential dark romantic fiction conveyed through very complex and eloquent language. Unfortunately …
posted a Quick Tip about Monsignor Quixote. March 06, 2013
Monsignor Quixote
"How do you maintain your faith?"    "I know God exists."    "How?"    "I know God exists. I touch him."    "Well...is he …
posted a Quick Tip about The Great Yokai War. February 04, 2013
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The Great Yokai War
This is another one of those big budget fantasy films which got a limited theatrical release in the US. Unfortunately the decision to release it here was not the exactly the best one, since one of the …
posted a Quick Tip about Things Fall Apart: A Novel. January 19, 2013
Things Fall Apart: A Novel
It's no secret why this novel is considered Chinua Achebe's masterpiece.  It is a wonderfully stark and balanced portrayal of Igbo tribal life as well as being an excellent tragedy in its …
posted a Quick Tip about Justice League: Doom. January 16, 2013
Justice League: Doom
I don't want my opinion to have too much weight on this matter as I'm no expert on these action-packed direct to DVD animated films. During the Christmas season, me and my folks were exposed to …
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