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Film

Ex Machina (2014)

Can a machine pass for a human? It’s the biggest question around one of the most important ideas in computers: The Turing Test. Put simply, could a machine fool a human into thinking it was a human if the human couldn’t see that it was a machine. It’s a fascinating thought experiment with all sorts of philosophical and technological implications and also has a likelihood of being a reality within our lifetime.

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Animation TV

The Simpsons 1.1-1.7

1.01 Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire

I’d only seen one episode of The Simpsons before I decided to take on the project of watching the show from the beginning. I doubt I’ll stick with the show until the end, mostly because the show may outlive us all, but I’m aiming to reach at least the end of season 9. Even having seen a random episode, I was not prepared for this first episode.

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Film

Judgement and Mercy in Dredd

Spoiler Alert: The film is discussed at length. 

Looking over the last decade, there’s one film that stands out to me that begs to be considered a cult classic. From the flashes of color draped across the brutalist architecture to the simple action story spanning one day, Dredd feels in the vein of an old ‘80s sci-fi flick that might have come out alongside Predator or RoboCop. The film oozes with a supreme sense of pulp and certainly digs into the roots of its comic book origins.

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Games

Top 27 CRPGs (April 2020)

What is a CRPG? The debate rages on to this day as fans of the computer role-playing game bicker over the minutiae of what does and does not make a CRPG. For my purposes, I want to be as inclusive as possible but still feel the need to limit it to three key factors that should be present in any game in the genre.

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Film

3 Faces (2018)

It’s been a hot second since I’ve watched a film from Iran and it was refreshing to return to one of the most artistically limiting and creative countries in the landscape of world cinema. Iran is notorious for censorship and control of artists and director Jafar Panahi is a prime example. After making films critical of the government, he served a year in prison, was put under house arrest and forbidden to make any more films for 20 years.