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From Life As ‘Surrogates’ To Being ‘Altered Carbon’

Jun. 27 | The universe of stacks (‘hard disks’ that contain consciousnesses) and sleeves (i.e. bodies that can be switched like clothes) of ‘Altered Carbon’ (2018) is as if expanded from the world of ‘Surrogates’ (2009). Thank...

It’s A Very Very ‘Mad World’

Mar. 28 | ‘Mad World’ (一念无明) accurately depicts of how the mentally ill, who deserve more empathy by society get more demonisation instead. Much more dangerous than the extremely rare ‘raving lunatics’, are the masses’...

‘Bright’ On The Darkness Of Speciesism

Feb. 21 | Exploring issues due to inter-speciesism, ‘Bright’ portrays the near-future – with a hybrid of the familiar and gritty real world, mixed with a couple of fantastical species. Set in America, a black human cop partners a orc cop. This...

Is ‘American History X’ Still Repeating?

Aug. 30 | Just rewatched this powerful 1999 film on Netflix, whose message on the senselessness of racial hate remains as relevant as ever in the light of Charlottesville’s white supremacist rallies (2017). AHX tells of how the insecure, frustrated and...

Growing Up In ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’

Jan. 13 | Who is a peculiar? One who is seen as weird, bizarre, strange by the majority, who is more of unusual, fascinating, amazing and unique. Note that these adjectives though seemingly synonymous, differ subtly but surely in meanings. The first half of the...

‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ & Conscience?

Aug. 11 | ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ is a terrific wake-up call, and a timely one too, for highlighting the impending dangers of cross-tampering with human and animal genes. What happens when human intelligence evolves faster than wisdom? This...

Magneto & Po Make War & Peace

Jun. 8 | In ‘X-Men: First Class’, Professor X urged Magneto to find a point between rage and serenity to harness and focus his power, instead of banking on sheer anger and pain. As I sat in the cinema, I wondered what is that between rage and serenity....

How A Dragon Girl Attained ‘Instant’ Buddhahood

May. 24 | Major sudden enlightenment in an instant is the culminating effect of minor gradual awakenings over much time. ~ Stonepeace In the Lotus Sutra, there is a section where Wisdom Accumulation Bodhisattva asks Manjushri Bodhisattva if there is anyone who...

Discriminating Wisdom

May. 19 | When there is no need to discriminate, it is wise not to. When there is need to discriminate, it is wise to do so – with wisdom. ~ Stonepeace

‘Gulliver’s Travels’ Vs Moggallana’s Journey

Jan. 5 | The movie tagline of the 2010 take on ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ says, ‘A magical land. A comedy of epic proportions.’ The protagonist’s encounter with Lilliput, though fantastical, shares real lessons too. That’s...

How The Personal & Collective Are Interconnected

Sep. 23 | Personal enlightenment with compassion facilitates the collective enlightenment of all. – Stonepeace Each of us has this chance for free will, but we cannot have it alone. Our individual karma, our environment, and our collective karma are interdependent. Earlier,...

What If You Were a Vampire in ‘Daybreakers’?

Jan. 31 | Warning: This is a proper vampire movie, where vampires adhere to the classic rules. E.g. they do not glitter with fairy dust in the sun without bursting into flames during non-twilight hours! (To avoid confusion in monster lore, Twilight’s ‘vampires’...

‘The Blind Side’ Seen

Jan. 15 | ‘The Blind Side’ tells the true story of how the once underprivileged and racially discriminated Michael Oher became a successful football player by proving his worth in various aspects of life – beyond just the sport. What is the blind side? It...

Is ‘District 9’ Fictitious?

Oct. 22 | Literally using ‘illegal aliens’ for addressing multiple socio-political issues such as xenophobia (irrational fear of strangers), ‘District 9′ is a thought-provoking film indeed. A private military contractor (MNU: Multinational United) is...
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