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Laughing in the Face of Horror

  A Review of Vincent Todarello’s The Lazarus Impact. 2012. Pp. 284. $12 paperback, $3 Kindle After releasing his very first and quite successful entry into the world of mythopoeic fantasy literature with The Return of the Fifth Stone, Vincent Todarello returns to the literary scene in a surprising and rather shocking splattering of flesh, […]

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Recovering Truths Our Progressive Age Has Misplaced

A Review of Vincent Todarello’s The Return of the Fifth Stone. Pp. 408. $15 paperback, $3 Kindle. Ursula K. LeGuin once said that fantasy is the grandmother of all fiction, that all literature has its roots in the myth of ancient cultures, and through fantasy we can reconnect with timeless truths and insights, feelings and […]

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Review of The Hobbit Film, Part I

  Like many Tolkien readers and fans, I’d been waiting with anticipation for the release of The Hobbit film ever since it was first announced. Peter Jackson did such a good job with the LOTR films (not perfect, of course, but very good, very good indeed), that I was so excited to see how he […]

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Are Movies Just for Entertainment?

  Sometimes people get frustrated when actors, directors, and filmmakers add overt political commentary to movies, especially in the “extra features” section of the DVD. My cousin recently lamented how such politicized commentary on the Hunger Games DVD ruined the experience for her. Given Hollywood’s ideological slant, most of the commentary reflects a liberal perspective […]

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Interview with Ridley Scott about Prometheus

  For you Ridley Scott fans and those eagerly awaiting Prometheus, check out this interesting Q&A. I particularly appreciate Sir Ridley Scott’s answer to the last question about evolution, science, and God, themes that take the foreground in this film. As he says, at some point, scientists hit a wall, and must invoke imagination and […]

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The Hobbit Film Announcement Trailer

  If you are a big fan of The Lord of the Rings books and films, then you should be very excited by Peter Jackson’s upcoming film production of The Hobbit. If you haven’t read the book (and a surprising number of people today have not read this amazing tale), then I invite and encourage […]

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Prometheus Film Trailer

  I have always enjoyed the Alien movie franchise (well, the first two anyway…), and I remember when Alien first came out in 1979. I was a little boy, and the movie trailer terrified me. There was the sound of a heartbeat, haunting music, and fast-clipped scenes interspersed with shots of an egg. Then at […]

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