Saturday, April 29, 2017

Essays , Commentary, and Insights

Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for the movie The Love Witch. Read at your own peril. Witches have been part of literature from the very beginning. Female connection to supernatural powers can be drawn directly from Medea all the way to modern stories such as The Witch and Charmed. ...

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from the author’s master’s thesis. It has been edited for style and length. To read the full work, go here. At the beginning of “The Thing on the Doorstep,” Daniel Upton, the story’s narrator, has murdered his friend Edward Derby. Years before, Derby ...

“[Lord Fanny] made a huge impression on stupid, mopey me,” Tara Marie states in “The Search for Trans Role Models in Comics” written for The Harlot. Her essay is a wonderful, yet critical examination of trans women in comics. It’s also an illuminating trip into the nostalgic rememberings of a ...

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  • The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations: Director Mike Figgis updates a writer’s classic for the 21st century
    The granddaddy of all plot books, the original Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations was written in the 1850s by Georges Polti (in French), boiling down all drama as being one of 36 situations as defined by the author.  Director Mike Figgis, best known for Leaving Las Vegas and Internal Affairs, was leafing through this seminal work while cleaning bookshelves, and [...] The post The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations: Director Mike Figgis updates a writer’s classic for the 21st century appeared first ... Read more...
    Source: Whatcha ReadingPublished on Saturday, April 15th, 2017By James Kenney
  • The Mystery of Danny Rand’s Inheritance
    Several readers have asked the same question about the new(ish) Netflix series Iron Fist: how exactly could Danny legally recover a 51% interest in Rand Enterprises?  This is a good question.  Unfortunately the series doesn’t give us quite enough information to answer it definitively, but I think there are a couple of reasonable theories.  Spoilers follow! I. Regular Inheritance: The Straightforward but Legally Dubious Way One possibility is that when the Rand family died in the ... Read more...
    Source: Law and the MultiversePublished on Thursday, April 13th, 2017By James Daily
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score Dataset Updated
    We’re up to 62 superhero movies since 2000. You can download the full data here. Some observations:   R movies are making up the quality gap with PG-13 movies.   Both DC and Marvel movies are getting better over time. DC superhero properties are averaging 47% since 2000, compared to 62% for Marvel and 69% for all other superhero movies.   Sci-fi movies and drama movies do noticeably better than average. Thrillers ... Read more...
    Source: Superhero NationPublished on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017By B. McKenzie
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  • Emily Mortimer on her daring new virtual-reality short: “This immersive experience is extremely visceral”
    Emily Mortimer in "Broken Night" (Credit: eko) “Broken Night” is an eight-minute virtual reality short created by Alon Benari, Tal Zubalsky and Alex Vlack that allows viewers to go down different narrative paths during four different “choice moments” over the course of the story. All these pathways tell the story of a couple, played by actors Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola, a couple in real life, returning home only to have their argument interrupted when they ... Read more...
    Source: Salon – Innovation – SpacePublished on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017By Gary M. Kramer
  • Cassini’s First Grand Finale Dive: Milestones
    NASA's Cassini spacecraft is set to make its first dive through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017. ... Read more...
    Source: NASA – JPLPublished on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
  • Is this the real life? The neuroscience of perception offers us an answer
    (Credit: Shutterstock/Getty/Salon) When you open your eyes, do you see the world as it really is? Do we see reality? Humans have been asking themselves this question for thousands of years. From the shadows on the wall of Plato’s cave in “The Republic” to Morpheus offering Neo the red pill or the blue bill in “The Matrix,” the notion that what we see might not be what is truly there has troubled and tantalized us. ... Read more...
    Source: Salon – Innovation – SpacePublished on Monday, April 24th, 2017By Beau Lotto
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