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Up Side of Down

The Up Side of Down Book Review

Thomas J. Watson, famed leader of IBM during the first half of the twentieth century, once opined: If you want to succeed, double your failure rate. This tidbit of wisdom is inherently fascinating. Not only is the assertion downright thought provoking, but the identity of the person making the assertion adds considerably to the context […]

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Elysium Review

Elysium is the second recent offering of futuristic science fiction with a single-word, four-syllable title - Oblivion being the other. Oblivion was set in the year 2077 on a post-apocalyptic Earth; Elysium takes place in 2154 on a version of our planet which has managed to avoid complete and total self destruction, but, in no small measure, is suffering from the ills of overpopulation, … [Read More...]

Oblivion Review

Oblivion Review

Oblivion is a thoughtful work of science fiction. Set in a high-tech, post-apocalyptic future, the characters are compelling and the story is engrossing. There are more than your average share of plot twists, and therefore it's challenging to say something meaningful about the movie without revealing too much. While the resolution of some of the storylines is not wholly satisfying, the journey en … [Read More...]

The Sopranos

The Sopranos Ending – Made In America

[The Sopranos Ending - Made In America was previously published on May 31, 2008 as Understanding Made In America - The Final Episode of the Sopranos] In honor of Made in America's one-year anniversary (June 10, 2008), I submit the following... Introduction Because of the dramatic subject matter and the contemporary setting, we - the audience of The Sopranos - have a tendency, if not a desire, … [Read More...]

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Identity Thief Review

Tragedy and desperation provide a great context for comedy; extreme circumstances often lead to extreme, and sometimes funny, behavior. In fundamental sense, this idea is the basis for the story of Identity Thief - a strange but formulaic road-trip movie which marginally succeeds at delivering a few laughs. Melissa McCarthy stars as Diana, a highly-manipulative, pathological liar who uses her … [Read More...]