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The Matrix’s Desert Of The Real Vs Altered Carbon’s Garden Of The Virtual

Mar. 23 | In ‘The Matrix’ is this introductory dialogue on the titled… Morpheus: [In a white boundless space, which represents the mind’s open possibilities for simulated experiences.] This is the construct. It’s our loading...

The Chicken Or Egg Question In ‘The Coldest Game’

Mar. 16 | ‘The Coldest Game’ begins with this chat in a cab, with a cerebral ‘joke’… Professor: What came first? The chicken or the egg? It’s important to see things as they are. On one hand, you have an awkward feathered...

‘The Coldest Game’ Of Duplicity

Mar. 9 | In this story that ties cunning games of chess competition with duplicitous espionage, the chess master Mansky spoke of how he decides who is truthful by recalling a classic brainteaser – ‘There’s the riddle about two brothers....

5 Pain Relief Tips From ‘Narcos: Mexico’?

Feb. 24 | In season 2’s episode 2 of ‘Narcos: Mexico’ are some literally torturous-to-watch yet thought-provoking scenes, of an accomplice in torture-cum-murder being interrogated for leads. Cocky and not cooperative, with his self-assured...

What Truly Scary About ‘The Ghost Bride’

Feb. 10 | The following clarifies on major myths propagated by the named series. In the Buddhist perspective, the very Chinese title of ‘The Ghost Bride’, as based on the book《彼岸之嫁》, which means ‘Marriage of the Other Shore’...

The ‘Brightburn’ Alternative To Superman

Feb. 3 | ‘Brightburn’ (i.e. BB, also spelling Brandon Beyer) imagines the polar opposite of the Superboy or Superman mythos. What are the chances anyway, that an alien baby is like a ‘godsent’ instead of a ‘demon child’?...

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’, Not Far From Reality?

Jan. 27 | Is this yet another Spider-Man movie? Yes and no. Yes, it seems like a(nother) more teen-focused take, for the younger generation, to create new Spidey fans perhaps. No, as it does imagine, kind of to warn, of some potentially up and rising ills...

‘The Best Of Enemies’ As Better Friends

Jan. 20 | How do you transform an enemy, to make him or her a friend? By offering unconditional help as a fellow human being. By giving the least expected, yet the most needed without being asked, how can an enemy not be moved to see the ‘enemy’...

‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’; Not Go To War?

Jan. 13 | The word ‘Parabellum’ comes from the the Latin adage, ‘Si vis pacem, para bellum’, which translates as, ‘If you want peace, prepare for war.’ It comes from the last two words combined, in English being...

On Students & Teachers In ‘The Kominsky Method’

Jan. 6 | In the last episode of season 2 of ‘The Kominsky Method’, ‘A Thetan Arrives’… (N)orman says, ‘I believe the next step for me is the journey inwards… the spiritual path… There’s an old saying that...

Is ‘The Devil Next Door’? 

Dec. 30 | TDND is a documentary series on the case of Ivan Mykolaiovych Demjanjuk, who lived as an ordinary family man, about whether he was truly ‘Ivan the Terrible’, the nickname given to a notoriously cruel guard at the Treblinka extermination...

Is There A ‘Dark Phoenix’ In You?

Dec. 23 | ‘Dark Phoenix’ is the tale of Jean Grey’s existential crisis. As she asks, ‘Who are we? Are we simply what others want us to be? Are we destined to a fate beyond our control? Or can we evolve, become something more?‘...

What Most ‘Complicated’ About ‘Singapore Social’

Dec. 16 | There is a kind of relationship sometimes labelled as ‘complicated’ or ‘complex’ due to its ambiguous nature. It is sometimes the ‘open’ or ‘semi-open’ kind. Beyond mere friendship, there is some sense...

Why ‘Hellboy (2019)’ Is Not Hellbound

Dec. 9 | Tall, large, with red skin, a tail, hooves and horns, the half-demon Hellboy is a reminder not to judge by appearances – both in the fictitious and real world. Even those who seem ‘definitely’ evil might not be so, who might do...

Is ‘Revenge Of The Pontianak’ Justified?

Dec. 2 | Ghostly vengeance sounds super scary and violent. Yet, revenge means there was wrong done, that seems to ‘justify’ the havoc, or does it? Bearing in mind that ghosts are ex-humans, which ghost is so downright evil, to wish to wreck chaos...
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