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A Week of New Duos: Reviews: Iyer & Smith, Iggy Pop & Homme, Batman & Superman

Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith’s “A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke” is stunning. Seemingly a duet between Smith’s ethereal trumpet and Iyer’s probing piano, Nasreen Mohamedi’s drawings and poetry as inspiration makes for a trio. A trio vastly different from the Iyer trio. Though Iyer commands a pulse here, the music lacks Iyer’s characteristic […]

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Review of Nolan’s Interstellar: on utility, time and plan A (spoilers ahead)

Interstellar is an excellent movie, and having now seen it twice, I can say that it is currently my favorite Sci-fi space travel movie, though by no means my favorite Nolan film. The “favorite Sci-fi space film” distinction is actually not that flattering as I am not a big fan of the genre, I’m more […]

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Morality in Reservoir Dogs

I revisited one of my favorite films recently, the fiendishly repugnant, Reservoir Dogs, after a chance hearing of “Little Green Bag” in a commercial, the musical number that, over the opening credits, takes the audience from the pre-burglary breakfast to the post-burglary bloodbath. In reading some reviews and papers on the film, I noticed that […]

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“Frank is not a bad person though he does bad actions?” (Reblog)

Originally posted on The Horizon and The Fringe:
There is a lovely blog called AusomeAwestin, and for the purposes of this post, I will address the author as Awestin. I cannot tell to whom the blog belongs, but nobody just writes on Mark Timmons in metaethics without at the very least being either a graduate…

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Stephen Colbert and Soren Kierkegaard, Freedom Through Irony

Big news in the world of political satire this week, folks: the ridiculously funny Stephen Colbert will be leaving the Colbert Report and it’s character, a facsimile of conservative nut-job Bill O’Reilly, to host the Late Show after David Letterman steps down from the throne. I won’t mince words, I don’t care much for the […]

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Futurama’s Bender and Free Will (and compatibilism, Sartre, and jail)

I recently fell in love with ‘Futurama’, the sci-fi action cartoon that merges black, surreal comedy with toilet humor. Being set in the future allows vast technological improvements to be assumed, and with it the anthropomorphizing of everyday objects, making Furturama the heir to the Flintstones, though the apple falls far from the tree in […]

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House of Cards’ Frank Underwood (and virtue ethics, moral explanations, and counterfactuals)

I tend to be skeptical of virtue ethics, on a metaethical level, due to the implausibility of attributing moral properties to persons – for me, moral properties seem like the sort of entity that might only obtain for actions and states of affairs – but Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood in House of Cards seems to […]

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“House of Cards” Season Two Review (NO SPOILERS)

And so another “season” of House of Cards has flickered and flittered before my eyes in much the same way as the opening credits. If there is only one criterion for a passing grade for a sequel, it is that the sequel not repeat the successes of the original, which I am pleased to report […]

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Luxury Cardboard Box

A few nights ago I watched “Margin Call”, a tight lipped drama about the unscrupulous actions that started the 2008 recession, starring Kevin Spacey (I can’t even begin to say how excited I am for the new season of House of Cards, definitely the most addicting show I’ve ever watched; in the movie as in […]

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Inception (and the experience machine, utilitarianism, and existentialism)

SelfAwarePattern’s post from the other day on the problem of solipsism got me thinking about (my favorite solipsistic movie – no apologies to fans of the Matrix) Inception, and its tension with a thought experiment meant to undermine hedonistic utilitarianism posited by Robert Nozick. The Experience Machine Nozick asks us to consider whether we would […]

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