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Bad is Better Than Average

I’ve always been able to watch bad movies, and enjoy watching them. It’s not a matter of enjoying the spectacle of incompetence or having some sadistic pleasure in witnessing disaster. I’m not particularly fond of imagining Raul Julia’s film career going up in flames after the Street Fighter movie. I think there’s something genuinely entertaining […]

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The Act of Killing

How would we feel if the ruling party in Germany was still the Nazi party? If the people who committed the holocaust had not only avoided international justice, but also boasted of such atrocities as if they had been acts of heroism? There is such a place today. In Indonesia, the regime that tortured and […]

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Thanos and the Problem of Exponential Growth

Spoilers for the latest Avengers movie. You have been warned. Yesterday I explained why Thanos’ victory – and the reasons for him achieving it – made the latest Avengers movie a more interesting and serious film. But it’s achievement is stained by a couple factors: This is not the end of the story arc, and […]

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Thanos and the Value of Sacrifice

Spoilers for the latest Avengers movie. You have been warned. The best thing about the last Avengers movie was that the villain won. And he won not by dint of the heroes’ back luck, but because he deserved to win. Thanos: Crafted a plan for many years, a plan which he executed meticulously, without letting […]

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Religulous

As a writer, I’ve thought a lot about how to determine the value of words, of books and articles. As a lover of video games, I’ve thought about the same problem as it applies to that medium. I see that the most commonly available explanations seem to depend too much on subjectivity and/or the acceptance […]