Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{4.5/5} “You see someone and think they have a weird head and then it just turns out part of their head is a hat.” Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, released in 2017 The Guardians are hired by the Sovereigns to protect some valuable batteries from a large monster, which they do. In exchange the […]

Guardians of the Galaxy

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{5/5} “Nothing goes over my head… My reflexes are too fast, I would catch it.” Guardians of the Galaxy, released in 2014 Peter Quill, otherwise known as Star Lord, retrieves an orb from an abandoned planet — suddenly a lot of beings are interested in this orb. He gets thrown in jail along with a […]

Sing

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{4.5/5} “Behold the very first stage lit entirely by squid power!” Sing, released in 2016 Buster Moon owns a theatre but his productions haven’t done well lately. In fact, the bank is about to foreclose on him. He comes up with one last idea — a singing competition. He was going to make the prize […]

Spider-Man: Homecoming

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{5/5} “Can you summon an army of spiders?” Spider-Man: Homecoming, released in 2017 Peter Parker is foiling local bad guys as Spider-Man but he’s eagerly awaiting a call from Tony Stark. Then he comes across some guys who have stolen some alien technology, including the leader who’s built himself a pair of wings that lets […]

The Cat Returns

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{4/5} “Always believe in yourself.” The Cat Returns, released in 2002 Haru saves a cat from being run over. It turns out that cat is a prince. In return for saving him the king wants to shower her with gifts — but they aren’t gifts that she really wants. Then the king decides that Haru […]

Your Name

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{4.5/5} “He met someone and that someone changed him. That much is for sure.” Your Name, released in 2016 Mitsuha is a high school girl living in a small town where everyone knows her — she’s the mayor’s daughter. Taki is a high school boy living in Tokyo, and works in a restaurant. Somehow they […]

The Sudden Appearance of Hope

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “I think you have realised that machines don’t forget, even if you do. I want you to listen to the sound of my voice, when I’m gone. My name is Hope. I want you to remember my words. These words are the only part of me that exists. Do not follow. Do not try […]

Eclectic lists of SF & fantasy books

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

Many of the lists of SF and fantasy books turn out to be fairly similar if people vote on them. But if you have a list made up by one person (or a small group) it can be more eclectic. Here are a couple of places to find such lists. You might not always agree […]

The Lego Batman Movie

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{5/5} “Gotham tower, this is MacGuffin Airlines flight 1138. We are transporting 11 million sticks of dynamite, 17 000 pounds of C4, about 150 cute little classic bomb-type bombs, and two best friends. Request permission to fly over the most crime-ridden city in the world, over.” The Lego Batman Movie, released in 2017 Batman defeats […]

The Black Unicorn

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{4/5} “It had been necessary to become the Paladin in order to survive, and he had therefore done what was necessary. But the transformation had been a frightening thing, a shedding of his own skin, a crawling into someone else’s — someone or something.” The Black Unicorn by Terry Brooks, published in 1987 Ben, Questor, […]