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Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune: Dune, Part Eight

The Baron Harkonnen’s plan is coming to fruition this week on the Dune Reread! Which is horrible. But, you know, necessary to the plot and stuff.

Index to the reread can be located here! And don’t forget this is a reread, which means that any and all of these posts will contain spoilers for all of Frank Herbert’s Dune series. If you’re not caught up, keep that in mind.

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Emotional Context. Sherlock: “The Final Problem”

We’ve come to the end of the fourth season of Sherlock, and perhaps the last episode of the show. (For the moment there are no plans to make more Sherlock, as its stars have plenty of other projects on their plates.) So let’s see where “The Final Problem” leaves Sherlock Holmes and John Watson… and also fans of the show, who have been along for the ride since 2010.

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The Films of Tim Burton All Occur in the Same Fictional Universe

This is an update to a piece that originally ran on January 8, 2015.

Tim Burton—a director often noted for his visual vernacular, his love of the macabre, and his dedication to heroic outcasts. A director who creates worlds where the mundane and the fantastically strange collide messily, often resulting in magic or terror. There is a certain flair, a flavor to Burton films that easily set them apart from the work of other directors and the majority of mainstream cinema.

But could it be more than that? Could these films actually exist in the same world—could all of them apply? And would that finally explain why every character looks like Johnny Depp?

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Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune: Dune, Part Seven

This week on the Dune Reread we’re going to insult a banker by telling him stories about a drowned man, and then confront a member of our household to prove we are powerful and also not treacherous!

In other words, it’s good to be back!

Index to the reread can be located here! And don’t forget this is a reread, which means that any and all of these posts will contain spoilers for all of Frank Herbert’s Dune series. If you’re not caught up, keep that in mind.

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Your Movie Set Isn’t Haunted — The Local Teens Are Messing With You

There are all sorts of stories about haunted film sets, especially if the movie in question falls into the horror genre. Spooky tales about movies with curses, from Rosemary’s Baby to Poltergeist, can be found all over the place in film lore. From ominous moved furniture to accidental deaths, these behind-the-scenes accounts make it hard to ignore a potential supernatural excuse.

But what if your average haunted set is just a bunch of kids messing with you?

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They Don’t Make Kids’ Movies Like This Anymore: The Flight of the Navigator

Please enjoy this encore post on The Flight of the Navigator, originally published April 2016.

When you’re a child, you imbibe a plethora of entertainment that often helps shape the core of your personality. Some of that entertainment is wildly popular, but some, you find, doesn’t always stand the test of time. You know, like Street Sharks. (My spouse insists this was a thing. I have no memory of it whatsoever.)

Flight of the Navigator is one of those films for me. When I bring it up, I’m often met with vacant stares or vague recollections. There aren’t many people reaching out to grab my hands, screaming, “Oh my god THAT movie! I LOVE that movie!” But nevertheless, I will adore it with every breath in my body unto the end of time. And unlike most of those odd Disney live action films of the 70s and 80s, Flight of the Navigator seems to get better with age.

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8 Huge Adult Ideas Taught to Us By the SFF Movies of Our Childhoods

Please enjoy this encore post on SFF movies with adult lessons, originally published April 2016.

When you’re a kid, the adult world is filled with mysteries. Adults talk about things that are literally and figuratively over your head. If the news comes on, you’ll catch fragments of conflicts that don’t make any sense. If you happen across films or books for adults, there might be scenes that baffle you, since you lack the context.

Sometimes the best way, or even the only way, to understand these huge ideas is through movies. Why don’t people want to live in a shiny new building? What is “light speed”? And how can responsibility ever be fun? Emily and I rounded up a few movies that helped us figure out these huge concepts when we were kids.

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Forbidden Love, Not Forbidden Lust: Of Course Jedi Can Have Sex

Please enjoy this encore post on the love lives of Jedi, originally published January 2016.

When we talk about the fall of the Jedi during the Republic Era, it’s common for people to cite the Jedi Order’s many flaws as at least part of the reason why they were wiped out. After all, they did wind up participating heavily in a galactic war that was specifically designed to lead to their destruction while a Sith Lord operated right in front of their Force-sensitive faces. Perhaps stagnation led to this unfortunate short-sightedness—we’re led to believe that tenets of Jedi “culture” (for lack of a better term) have been in place since their relative inception, thousands of years ago.

But what baffles me is how everyone usually translates this knightly code into an adamant certainty that Jedi never knocked anything more than their lightsabers together.

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