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.
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.
The first year of WWI, 1914, was the most horrifying year in the history of mankind. The next few years were even worse.
Classic track from a classic album, DJ Shadow’s timeless masterpiece Endtroducing.
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.
National Geographic channel’s biographical series about Albert Einstein. It’s very good (relatively speaking).