Tired of films with few virtues beyond stuff blowin’ up good? Looking for a film that adds elements of the mythic to everyday life, instead of a bloated myth that add characters emotionally unlike anyone who ever existed? Check out Whale Rider, inspired by Witi Ihimaera’s novel (which may be purchased from Amazon.com or Amazon.ca)
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I don’t even play console RPGs, and I found this funny. One of my nephews sent me the link to this list of RPG cliches.
We’re not talking your SF/Fantasy/Comic-Book/Anime stuff here. Those films get reviewed on a regular basis here at Bureau42. We’re talking about movies that put nerds, geeks, freaks, and the like—y’know, people like your friends—on camera.
If you haven’t already heard, the late Princess of Wales, Diana, will be returning as a mutant in a five-part Marvel X-Statix storyline which may also feature a guest appearance by Spider-man. (UPDATE, July 11)
Ah, the lonely life of a Bureau42 book reviewer. Lots of people here have watched the relevant shows and movies and are willing to share their views; not so many have read every novel or short story. I’m skipping the standard review system, dividing 42 points among the five Hugo-nominated stories for 2003, and providing links so you can find and read’em. All of the linked sites have reproduced the stories with permission. Enjoy.
“You asshole. This isn’t the way it’s done. You were supposed to write up a report afterwards, and forward it to me the day before….”
But I’m sure we’ve all watched at least one ep of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, wherein the Gang solve mysteries and meet unlikely celebrities. This raises an interesting question for the Bureau….
“The Neanderthal is sick, and this place has been quarantined by the order of Health Canada.”
Imagine science and technology came to Middle-Earth. Now imagine that it’s not Middle-Earth, but Bas-Lag, and in place of hobbits, orcs, elves, and ents, you have steam-cyborgs, crays, cactacae, and ab-dead. Instead of epic heroism, imagine people so morally murky that Sauron would walk away from the worst of them in disgust. Mix SF, fantasy, steampunk, and traveller’s tale, people the result with psychologically complex (and complexed) characters, and have an extraordinarily gifted writer tell their stories. The book is The Scar by China Mieville, and I suspect it will receive my vote for best novel at this year’s Hugo Awards.