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A Clockwork Theology and the Un-Free Will

A Clockwork Theology and the Un-Free Will

A friend recently noted that TV, post-Breaking Bad, seems to be getting more violent. Typically I’d discard this as your run-of-the-mill cantankerous “kids these days” complaint…but somewhere between grimace-inducing episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale and Netflix’s The Keepers, I realized, well, maybe he had a point. Game of Thrones fits the bill. So does HBO’s adaptation of Big Little Lies, which was much darker than its airport-thriller source material. The list goes on.

Considering all this, I was reminded of the landmark violence of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, which I read way back in high school, for a project about banned books. For the (lucky?) uninitiated, it tells the story of a violent young…

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After Stanley

After Stanley

The Guardian has a poignant and terribly sad story about the wife of Stanley Kubrick, and her life after his death.  It touches on a lot we talk about here: suffering, death, funerals, family secrets, parents and children.  Even things like the Nazareth Principle. 

And there are some lovely things you learn about them: like how much Stanley loved his wife and how he danced with her every night in private.  Here are some interesting quotes:

[In referring to her uncle who made horrifying propaganda films for the Nazis] “Nobody can imagine that you can know someone who was so guilty so…

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Welcome to the 3-D Jungle (of Pandora) - James Cameron's Avatar

Welcome to the 3-D Jungle (of Pandora) – James Cameron’s Avatar

As Avatar-fever begins to grip the nation and the world, writer/director/deep-sea-diver James Cameron is once again back in the spotlight. Any time an ambitious and successful figure takes such a long layoff (Axl Rose), it is important to take note – has it really been 12 years since Titanic?! How our hearts have gone on…

In case it wasn’t abundantly clear before, Cameron’s layoff has everything to do with an almost astronomical need to prove himself. To be the best and the biggest. His identity is so completely wrapped up in his achievements, in his works if you will, that each…

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