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2017-09-22 07:09 am

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Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading man, and studying all the various editions of them.

Lord Chesterfield, statesman and writer (22 Sep 1694-1773)
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2017-09-12 06:15 pm

LOL!

Whenever 'A' attempts by law to impose his moral standards upon 'B', 'A' is most likely a scoundrel.

H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (12 Sep 1880-1956)
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2017-09-05 11:47 pm
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Fic Rec: The People and Frank Castle

Title: The People and Frank Castle
Author: egosoffire on Ao3
Fandom: Daredevil (TV)
Rating: PG, I think
Genre: Gen
Summary: Frank Castle encounters the people of Hell's Kitchen frequently, and finds many supporters in his world. A character study of Frank and six of his supporters.
Warning: Spoilers for season.2 of Daredevil
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/7143824

This is a good look into the character of Frank Castle and his actions as interpreted by normal people. It's easy to forget while watching Daredevil that there's a lot of innocent bystanders who all have their own opinions on vigilantes in the midst of the chaos left in their wake.

I enjoyed this Outsider POV fic as I'm currently re-watching season.2 before seeing The Defenders and The Punisher is certainly a character worth exploring in more depth by fanfic writers.
lessonsinescapology: (Book)
2017-09-04 07:57 pm

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In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.

Ivan Illich, philosopher and priest (4 Sep 1926-2002)
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2017-09-03 04:48 pm
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Fic Rec: 4 Minute Window by Speranza

4 Minute Window by Speranza: http://archiveofourown.org/series/197993
Fandom: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Pairing: Steve/Bucky
Summary: "Look, if they catch me," Bucky muttered, "they're either going to kill me or they're going to put me in a box with a little window and—Steve, I can't."
Word count: 87,933

Gorgeous series of fics that explore the aftermath of CA:TWS and the relationships and characters with a mix of tenderness and painful realism. I am both in awe, and envious, of this writing. Highly recommended.
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2017-09-02 05:26 pm
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Spooks: The Greater Good

Spooks: The Greater Good (2015): I didn't watch any of the TV series but it wasn't difficult to follow. Typical spy film with a good British cast and beautiful wide shots of London. I have to give credit that it acknowledges that spy-craft/politics have nothing to do with notions of right and wrong, just a struggle for power and who gets the upper hand even when it comes to terrorism and the welfare of the general public. Neither side was portrayed as being the "good guys". It is thoroughly depressing though, especially when one character tells another that good people don't last as agents, only the lying and murdering kind do.
lessonsinescapology: (Lamp)
2017-09-02 05:16 pm
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Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Baby Driver

Recently seen the following:

Wonder Woman (2017): Good film; I definitely enjoyed it. It's good to see a female character who is strong and opinionated without being "damaged" or "abused" because that's an excuse/plot device that should be disposed of by now. Loved how she berates those generals in that room. *grins*

If I had a daughter, I'd show her Frozen and Wonder Woman. The Frozen's sisters and Diana are good role models for little girls in a world that has so few in popular media.

Spiderman: Homecoming (2017): Tom Holland is delightful as Peter Parker but it's Michael Keaton who shines as the Vulture. I am so very glad he is back in films again! Overall, the film is another hit in the MCU with a younger, more cheerful tone and setting. Some of the jokes weren't funny though and Zendaya looks too old to be playing a high school character even by Hollywood's dubious standards.

Baby Driver (2017): An enjoyable film but with a flimsy plot and almost no meaningful dialogue. It relies heavily on its soundtrack and visuals to carry the movie forward. I would describe it as an "American Fairytale". Not bad but not worth the price of a cinema ticket. The protagonist bears a strong resemblance to a certain actor from Smallville though^_~
lessonsinescapology: (Lamp)
2017-08-31 08:02 pm

Inhumans

Just returned from seeing Inhumans at Imax 2-D cinema. It looks and sounds amazing; how that will translate on normal TV is another matter.

The film seems to be a compilation of the first two episodes so it's setting things up to interest the viewer in the TV series. I'm personally very interested to see the show when it airs at the end of September. Having a lead character who can't speak is a big challenge for the actor and the script writer, it adds a different dynamic to relationships.

Some critics accused it of being an X-Men clone but it doesn't seem like it. I get the feeling it's a drama with some royal family backstabbing and sibling rivalry like a Shakespeare tragedy waiting to happen. It's too early to say much about it but it does look promising.

PS: Imax tickets are expensive! Other people already know this but this was my first time. Certainly not something to be repeated often.
lessonsinescapology: (Book)
2017-08-23 07:22 am

XD

A few cobras in your home will soon clear it of rats and mice. Of course, you will still have the cobras.

Will Cuppy, journalist (23 Aug 1884-1949)
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2017-08-19 08:31 pm
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Song: What About Us

Alecia Beth Moore aka Pink has a new song and music video with a good question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClU3fctbGls

I'm not one for political statements in music but her song is catchy, the lyrics are poignant, and the message is timely. The angst is there in the setting of the video and the choice of dancers. Go see it!

PS: The audio at the beginning of the video is apparently from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the Republican National Convention giving the keynote speech ahead of then-candidate Donald Trump’s appearance. *sighs*
lessonsinescapology: (Book)
2017-08-14 07:03 pm

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How does one kill fear, I wonder? How do you shoot a specter through the heart, slash off its spectral head, take it by its spectral throat?

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)
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2017-08-06 10:06 pm
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Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017): This movie tries so hard to please that it's hard not to be charmed by it.


Read more... )
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2017-08-05 07:03 am
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Film Review: The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower (2017): I really enjoyed this movie which is something I didn't expect. Although it's described as a sci-fi western, magical realism is probably a better description. It has enough science, magic, and mystery to intrigue but not overwhelm the story.

Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey have great on-screen chemistry. Elba gives a good portrayal of a battle weary "gunslinger", while McConaughey's creepy menace and lean physique give him a vulture-like appearance. The boy who played Jake was good too, he felt genuine which is the most important aspect to get the audience to sympathise with him.

Pleasantly surprised to see Katheryn Winnick aka Lagertha from Viking and Claudia Kim aka Dr. Cho from the Avengers in the movie^_~

The plot was fairly straightforward but gave enough hints and references to the novels that if anyone wanted they could go read the books. There's enough flair in the gun fights to make one believe in the myth of gunslingers as one world's version of Arthurian knights.

As a side note, people - critics included - should stop expecting every adaptation to get the Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings treatment. It's not going to happen mainly due to the expense and no one can faithfully adapt every single line in a book/video game/etc into a movie and risk alienating the general viewer. I'm sick of seeing this comparison every time a new film version of a property is being made, it's unrealistic.

PS: someone should write a Dark Tower/Kingsman crossover. Imagine Harry Hart and Roland meeting! XD
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2017-08-03 09:41 pm

Um...

Today someone asked me to explain quantum physics, time travel, and breaching the fourth dimension... Needless to say it didn't go well. I kept thinking if it was a comic book/sci-fi/fantasy fan or just a plain fanboy or fangirl then it wouldn't have been so tedious!

Fandom and its fans are so under-appreciated! *hugs list*
lessonsinescapology: (Book)
2017-08-03 07:24 am

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"It is the things you cannot see coming that are strong enough to kill you."

Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper



That's frighteningly accurate.
lessonsinescapology: (Book)
2017-07-31 06:01 pm

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"I love mankind. It's the people I can't stand."

Charles Schulz, cartoonist
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2017-07-20 07:51 pm
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Yay!

Kingsman: The Golden Circle:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fvqnGmr9S8

New trailer that makes more sense. Well, in as much as it can^^
And more Harry! XD
lessonsinescapology: (Lamp)
2017-07-17 10:33 pm

(no subject)

Has anyone tried using the book app Kobo? Am I right in thinking it restricts download of ebooks to the app/user account only? And you can't actually download the book to another computer or mobile phone without the Kobo app?
lessonsinescapology: (Book)
2017-07-17 10:33 pm

*grins*

When people ask for time, it's always for time to say no. Yes has one more letter in it, but it doesn't take half as long to say.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)
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2017-07-10 06:55 pm

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Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought.

Arthur Helps, writer (10 Jul 1813-1875)