A film that approximately 1 in 7 Japanese citizens has seen, Your Name is the single highest grossing anime film of all time. Is it worth seeing? Absolutely. Entertainment: 5/5 Intellect: 3/5 +1 for originality/genre-breaking Overall: 9/10 5 STARS Now, Your Name relies heavily on plot twists. So I’ll be lumping all my spoilers into one little … More Your Name by Makoto Shinkai (2016)
Many of you have heard that there is only one story, and it keeps being retold in different forms. Is this real, and should we even care?
The side you take in this debate boils down to your definition of a “story”. Of course every combination of letters in the alphabet is different. But the “one story” theory states that every story ever told asks the question, “Who am I?” or “What is man?” or something along those lines. In a way, this is true. Every human wants to find herself, and every society wants to know its place in the world.
But in the grand scheme of things, that doesn’t entirely matter.
Today, we’re talking about the implications of “cliches”, and how many people believe that it’s impossible to have an entirely original story. … More Is there only one story?
Originally published 8/20/2016. Minor grammatical edits. Lead image via Pexels. Scifi Question: “Would we be at the mercy of any aliens advanced enough to travel to earth? Could aliens invade successfully?” I know most of my insomnia posts aren’t about random science fiction questions, but I would just like to set the record straight on … More 6 Real Problems with an Alien Invasion
Originally posted 1/3/2016. Lead images from Amazon. 5 STARS and 3 STARS (respectively) So the full titles of the books are: Epigenetics: How the Environment Shapes Our Genes by a professor named Richard Francis and Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life by Len Fisher. These are both non-fiction books, so I won’t exactly be focusing … More Epigenetics (2012) and Game Theory (2008)
Why don’t creative jobs pay? … More Why doesn’t your passion pay?
Lead Image Credit: Pixabay via Pexels You may have noticed that I am now using a different rating system when reviewing books and movies. Just as a reference, this is a quick guide to what the rankings mean. Entertainment and Intellect These are the two things that I appreciate the most in a story. Entertainment … More My Book/Movie Ranking System
1. If you have not reproduced, you are not alive
2. If you are asleep, you are not alive
3. If you don’t learn from your experiences, you are not alive
4. If you’re disorganized, you are not alive
5. If you’re environmentally-friendly, you are less alive
6. If you are composed of cells, are you alive? … More The Definition of Life
Moneyball is not what I expected it to be. I expected it to be a depressing account of how math and machines are slowly going to stamp out our individuality, but the narrative I read was quite different. It was about merit triumphing over appearance, about strategy outdoing wealth, about brain beating brawn, about overlooked young rookies finally being given a chance. It’s one of those untold, hope-inspiring stories of a quiet revolution happening right under our noses. … More MoneyBall: The Art of Winning and Unfair Game by Michael Lewis (2003)
Whoever has the gold makes the rules. -Various attributions Last Friday, I went to see Marvel’s latest masterpiece, Black Panther. In the Marvel universe, one of the strongest and most versatile metals of all is made from vibranium. This element can absorb incredible amounts of shock with its vibrational properties, and it is one of the … More Black Panther by Ryan Coogler (2018)
Originally posted 4/13/2016. Lead image from Amazon. 5 STARS The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins I never noticed before, but those little dark circles in the background of Hunger Games and Catching Fire are broken on Mockingjay. It’s still RE-READ SEASON (re-posted from back in January) and still going well! The Hunger Games series is also better than I remember! In fact, … More The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (2008)