July 21st, 2010


In Theaters: Inception

OK, so, go see Inception on the big screen. Like, tonight, if you have time. That's what you need to know. I won't get into details, but it's by and large the best movie I have seen in a while. The flick is weighty and dramatic, intelligent, tense, and engrossing. Stellar writing, good acting and casting, great direction with a real artistic sense, a focus on sound as much as the visuals, the complete package. And, for me, the right use of science fiction as the setting, but also as the genre. Go. Go see it.

Trailers get their own post later. Comments may be spoilery, as discussion goes, so be warned.


Louisiana, lost languages, and Lady Gaga

* Good read: "The only thing Americans hate more than big government is the absence of government protection."
* Glenn Greenwald on secrey, government control, and prosecuting whistleblowers.
* 'Oil spills. Poverty. Corruption. Why Louisiana is America's petro-state.'
* Food diplomacy: "The way to America's heart is through its stomach."
* "Whenever Republicans do something that excites their tea party base, it scares off independent voters and actually helps Democrats."
* Follow-up: NASA waits patiently for word from the Spirit rover.
* Using computer programs to translate ancient lost languages.
* A writer on Lady Gaga at Madison Square Garden.
* Hero Complex presents their guide to Comic-Con.