Brave is a much richer and more important film than most people realize. Context as they say, is everything. And to understand why Brave matters, we have to look at it within the context of animated films up to this point.
Nearly every review I’ve read about Pixar’s newest film and Disney’s newest addition to [...]
Rahul K. Parikh at Salon’s blog PopRx (orly?) asks if we should take the Limitless pill. He dredges up two crappy arguments that are made over and over. 1) It might make some people better than others! 2) There might be side-effects!
These are not arguments. They can be applied to literally any technology [...]
Over at Science Not Fiction, I do a close reading of Pixar’s corpus and come out with the conclusion that WALL-E and Remy are stand-ins for non-human intelligence and the struggle for the rights of the person.
What makes these films so astonishing and the message so powerful is the story arc of the [...]
As I have written elsewhere (including my first book), in our modern culture science functions as myth in the sense that it provides us with narratives of origins and endings that set our [...]
Who doesn’t love the Onion’s A.V. Club? Troglodytes, that’s who. Mark Wexler’s documentary “How to Live Forever” gets not so much reviewed as lampooned. And rightly so:
Like Willard Scott without the jam, Wexler tracks down centenarians, including the world’s oldest living human (who, not surprisingly, has since died) as well as scientists, a [...]
The Dark Knight Rises is going to be good. At the rate Nolan has been going, it might be another masterpiece. Speculation was all over the map, but now we know who the prime foes will be: Bane and Catwoman. I speculated long ago that Catwoman was a great [...]
AboutPop Bioethics, written by Kyle Munkittrick, is an effort to study the ethics of the continuing evolution of the human species via the lens of pop culture and be somewhat entertaining in the process.