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Jun 252017
 

Great little-known Nick Cage action movie.  A-list quality, and B-list flair.  Or maybe a B-list movie that you’ll enjoy more than lots of A-list movies.  It’s surprisingly well-written, but with no pretension whatsoever, and fun as hell.  The female lead, Piper, is quite well-done: a role-model for little girls everywhere.  It’s one of those movies you can’t judge by an aggregate of critic reviews, cause, spoiler alert, most critics are nitwits.

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Jun 212017
 

A wonderful manga.  Gorgeous, kickass, touching, & heartbreaking.  Then kickass again, then all the other things again.  The premise sounds ridiculous, but it’s understated and well-done.  Spoiler that’s not-a-real-spoiler: the aliens appear only on a few pages in the first issue, never to return.  What follows is a nuanced story of good versus evil, with an unconventional hero.

Inuyashiki (Crunchyroll)

Recommended listening for this is Keaton Henson (see below).  And Meat Loaf.  FYI, I know this is unintuitive, but Meat Loaf goes well with tons of manga.

Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 (Max Hastings)

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May 292017
 

There’s tons of WWII “overview” histories.  Hastings’ contribution distinguishes itself in its focus on civilians and soldiers: a zoomed-in, on-the-ground look at the war and how it affected those it touched (as opposed to histories discussing grand strategy and the men who framed it).  A damned fine book.

https://www.amazon.com/Inferno-World-at-War-1939-1945/dp/0307475530

Genius (2017)

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May 292017
 

National Geographic channel’s biographical series about Albert Einstein.  It’s very good (relatively speaking).