Exactly this! Once the work is out there, it becomes part of a shared imaginary space where the audience is interpreting what the author put out there (and regardless of whether the author is completely aware of what she or he was putting out there). The author can certainly express his or her opinion as to what he… » 3/02/15 10:57am Yesterday 10:57am

I'm trying to process this. Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke all wrote science fiction short stories and novels with Biblical references in the title. Philip K. Dick, obviously, wrote science fiction stories with religious subtexts right in the stories themselves. That's off the top of my head. … » 2/27/15 11:53am Friday 11:53am

Such a messy script, too. It's one of those marks that a project has spent too long in development hell, that you end up with a script with a lot of incoherent random elements that were originally parts of entirely different drafts but got held over because some producer or executive liked this bit or that one too… » 2/26/15 8:42am Thursday 8:42am

Because Namor came first, in 1939 (Aquaman debuted in 1941), at a time when almost the only superheroes were that guy in blue tights who punches hard and jumps really high, that other guy who's a millionaire by day but dresses up in a pointy hood and black cape with a pointy hood and shoots people at night, and that… » 2/24/15 10:36am 2/24/15 10:36am

So, we're making a sequel to the first two films in the franchise, one that disregards the subsequent entries? With an iconoclastic director at the helm, one who made a splash with a fairly small film before moving on to larger-budget tentpole pictures that were financially successful but met with mixed reception… » 2/19/15 5:09pm 2/19/15 5:09pm

Galen was a much-hated man for this discovery, at least with certain demographics. Back in those days, see, vampires were a lot more common and lived openly; whenever they were caught, they'd just tell whoever found them they'd run into somebody who was looking a little deflated, and they were blowing the person back… » 2/17/15 7:58pm 2/17/15 7:58pm

I think from a Howardian perspective, there's a perfect Conan film somewhere between the two films, if you could mash them up somehow. The Destroyer is more faithful to Howard's tropes but The Barbarian is arguably more faithful to his spirit (although I find it takes itself too seriously to be nearly as much fun of… » 2/17/15 7:15pm 2/17/15 7:15pm

Danger Man was an incredible show. In a lot of ways (especially in the hour-long rebooted incarnation), DM was much more John le Carre than Ian Fleming: John Drake is a driven man who does regrettable things, uses his brain more than any other weapon, and who periodically finds himself betrayed by his own people… » 2/14/15 10:42am 2/14/15 10:42am

Was coming to say just this. Quantum of Solace has its faults, but the villain's plan to take over the Bolivian water supply and become a profiteer is possibly the least ludicrous villainous scheme in the film franchise's history (an admittedly low bar to clear ever since Goldfinger). Quantum's writers got Greene's… » 2/14/15 7:06am 2/14/15 7:06am

I've always been partial to this explanation, though perhaps for no better reason than my love for the ways in which languages cross-fertilize and evolve. It would be just classic if a word that's often considered an archetypical "American" expression were in fact African in its origins. » 2/12/15 11:12am 2/12/15 11:12am

We all know Obi-Wan had questionable morals.

What if, since Luke refused "the call to action" at first, he contacted the Empire and told them where to find the droids to remove the things preventing Luke (his aunt, uncle, the harvest, and going to the academy) from accepting his "call to action" and thus starting…

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