Star Wars: Bloodline – Book Review

This is a book I’ve been interested in reading for a while. It stars Leia about 20 years or so after Return of the Jedi. There are three major subjects in this book, one is directly stated, and the others are mostly hints. There will be some minor spoilers in this review, but I’ll keep…

What Happened to Spielberg’s Tintin 2?

In 2011 the film The Adventures of Tintin Directed by Steven Spielberg, Produced by Peter Jackson, and written by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright was released. Based on the bestselling comic strip of the same name by Hergé the film was not a smash hit yet did well at the box office, earning $77 million domestically and…

Tolkien: The Languages of Middle-Earth

J.R.R. Tolkien. Three initials and one name, known all over the world as the author of the famous books, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Within these books, he achieved his greatest work, even greater than writing the books themselves: he created languages. And we’re not talking about a couple of words in one or two…

Blade Runner 2049 – Review

Just two years from the future that Blade Runner predicted thirty years ago, and we are still steps away from emotive replicants, hover cars, and instant showers. What has however exceeded 20th century expectations, is digital imagery. Film has since seen brilliant advances in simulating realistic holography and futuristic landscapes. It is hence no surprise that Blade Runner…

Lewis and Tolkien – The Inklings

This statement from the book, Inklings, by Humphrey Carpenter, is spoken of Charles Williams, who was a regular participant in the informal discussion group, the Inklings, formed by CS Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien at the University of Oxford, England. The group met at various times in Lewis’s classroom and a local pub from the late 1930’s to…

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Book Review

“Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind” by ‘Yuval Noah Harari’ is a pleasant read for all the Non-Fiction – History Genre lovers. This book presents history of evolution of homo-sapiens (us, humans) on this planet and the relationship that mankind nurtures with nature. Though the subject matter of the book might sound a bit…

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Review

Jumanji is a remake (or a sequel?) of the original Jumanji movie starring Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst from 1995. The difference is that, in the original movie, the main characters play the Jumanji board game, whereas in the new one, we’ve advanced enough to switch to a video game. At the beginning of the movie, we follow four high school students…

Bright – Movie Review

Bright isn’t taking home any Best Picture awards next year, but that’s not to say it doesn’t have anything to offer in terms of entertainment. Directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis, this brand new Netflix original succeeds (to an extent) in terms of providing a somewhat engaging sci-fi “buddy cop” action flick. Landis,…

Fantastic Beasts 2 – What to Expect

On November 18th 2016, J.K Rowling’s Wizarding World made a comeback to big screens with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Just before the first film was released, it was confirmed that there would in fact be five films in the series with the second being released on November 16th 2018….

The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien (alternate title: Letters from Father Christmas) is a delightful volume for personal or family reading during the Christmas season. With Tolkien’s skillful storytelling abilities and charming illustrations, the book can quickly become a holiday favorite. In this post we will explore some of the historical context for the letters and…

Star Wars – The Last Jedi – Spoiler-Free Review

The Force has awoken and brought to life a new and unpredictable Star Wars movie, challenging much of what fans were expecting in the sequel to The Force Awakens. Director Rian Johnson brought to life a beautiful looking film that focuses on the passing of the baton from the old generation of heroes to our new protagonist in…

An Introduction to World-Building

  “The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question ‘How can we eat?’ the second by the question ‘Why do we eat?’…