The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Friday, December 31st, 2010

It's been awhile since I had last seen The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and I was able to steal away the time to do so this week. This has always been one of my favorite John Wayne films, and for good reason. Shot in black and white, for a ...

Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

On Saturday we (Me and the family) went to see The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. This is the third movie in the series. It was also a merry adventure getting to and home from the theater as Snowpocalypse Now! was ragging through Minnesota. First off, I would ...

Beyond This Horizon

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Beyond This Horizon by Robert A. Heinlein is an intriguing look at a futuristic Utopia, or more like a semi-Utopia. This is one of Heinlein’s early novels, first published in two parts in Astounding Science Fiction in 1942. The novel feels, and reads, more like two stories woven together to make ...

The Expendables

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

The other night I attended a private screening of The Expendables. Yes, I am a little late getting to the dance for this Box Office smash from Sylvester Stallone, but better late than never. Oh, and by private screening, I mean that I was the only one there. Not surprising ...

The Great Decision

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

The Great Decision by Cliff Sloan and David McKean is a highly engaging book about the early days of the United States and the Supreme Court. It is more than an analysis of the decision in Marbury v. Madison; it is a history of the early days of Washington D.C., ...

Like Wolves on the Fold

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Last night I finished reading Like Wolves on the Fold: The Defence of Rorke's Drift by Lt. Col. Mike Snook. This book details out how the battle came about in the aftermath of the British defeat at Isandlwana, how the defensive perimeter was laid out, the geography of the area, ...

Zucker’s An American Carol

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

David Zucker's new film, "An American Carol" is a look at the life a liberal documentary film-maker who is visited by a series of American Spirits who teach him what patriotism is. After seeing the trailers and various film clips, I really wanted to see this film, and had high ...

Take On DnD 4th Edition

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

If you are wondering what a look at the 4th edition of Dungeons and Dragons and politics have in common, then sit tight and we'll get to it. I've been playing DandD for way too many years. I still have every DandD book I have ever purchased, starting with the original ...

Prince Caspian

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Let me start off by saying that I have (regrettably) never read the Chronicles of Narnia. When The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe was released in December of 2005, I wanted to see it, but with a new born daughter in the house, it just wasn’t practical to get ...

Exposing the Real Che Guevara

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

I have never understood the fervent idolatry of Che Guevara. For decades he has been held up as the poster child of revolution and freedom. Movies have been made about his exploits and his death, perpetuating the idea that he was a great hero of human freedom. I've always ...

A Klingon Christmas Carol

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

A Klingon Christmas Carol, produced by the Comedia Beauregard, with support from several members of the IKV Rakehell (Klingon Assault Group), was an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic into Klingon, and told from the Klingon point of view. SQuja' (Scrooge), is a conniving money lender who has a bodyguard/strongman, QachIt ...

Starship Troopers vs. Forever War

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

This year being the Centennial marking the birth of Robert A. Heinlein, a lot of renewed interest in his works has been sparked. While attending Convergence (this was opposite the Heinlein Centennial Celebration taking place in St. Louis) there was a discussion on his works and Starship Troopers was brought ...