The Dwarf and the Kraken

Red Beard was a fearsome dwarf to behold.  A grizzled sailor with his face tanned to a tough leather by years of salt spray, windburn, and hours in the sun.  His right arm ended halfway down his forearm, replaced by a vicious-looking hook that itself showed many dents and scratches from years of use.  He was a sight to behold and unnerved many people with his simple presence.

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Midway (2019): A Surprisingly Solid Film

I’ve previously discussed Midway (1976) as an example of a well done Battle Epic.  However, some people may not be aware that there is a more recent version.  Midway (2019) covers the events of the exact same battle with updated cinematography.  Many fans of war movies decided to ignore it upon seeing the trailers due to its superficial resemblance to Pearl Harbor (2001).  Upon seeing the film, I would say that skipping it is a mistake.

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The Space Between Spaces

The multiverse can best be described as a series of bubbles of reality.  Each bubble is a universe unto itself.  These universes all have their own laws of physics which are roughly similar but often feature distinct differences.  Some of these universes are “near” each other.  The rules of measuring their relations do not follow Euclidian geometry, but they are consistent and with the right equipment can be measured.  The area between them is called “The Space Between Spaces”, or sometimes just “The Void”.

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Black Widow: Right Movie at the Wrong Time

When Black Widow (2021) came out only a few months ago, it was met by mixed reviews.  As someone who has watched every other MCU movie, I felt obligated to watch it at some point but the negative reviews didn’t enthuse me.  So, I didn’t go out of my way to see it but added it to my “to watch” list.  I just got around to watching it and now I regret waiting so long.  It is a good movie and I suspect the negativity of it isn’t the fault of the movie but an aspect of a broader studio issue.

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The Resonance of a Dwarven Soul

Many races describe Dwarves as great singers.  Something that all visitors of Dwarven cities will agree upon is that the halls of their cities echos with a harmony of song.  The very presence of the city filled with the refrain “I am a Dwarf, and I’m digging a hole!”  What many non-Dwarves don’t realize is that they are often not actually singing.  The song is simply what a Dwarven soul sounds like.

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Orc Lumberjacks

Long ago, Orcs prided themselves on their skill as marauding raiders.  At first, raiding was simply the only way that they could get by.  Their homeland was resource-scarce so it was only by raiding established settlements that they could gather any resources.  For centuries, Orcs roamed the land pillaging everything they could.  But, such a lifestyle cannot be maintained forever, so something had to change eventually.

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Spotted Lanternfly

The Spotted Lanternfly is a relative newcomer to North America.  It is native to Southeast Asia and when there it is an unassuming and stable part of the local ecosystem.  However, in North America, it has the potential for being a significant pest species.  It mostly prefers to host on Tree-of-Heaven which is itself a significant invasive species problem.  However, the Spotted Lanternfly will happily expand to other species.

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Devil Dogs: Werewolves in the USMC

The United States military has always made heavy use of the various non-human creatures that inhabit their nation.  However, no group is represented more strongly than werewolves.  In terms of both raw numbers and the percentage of the population, werewolves are better represented in the US military than any other non-human species.  While their raw numbers don’t equal the human service personnel, as a percentage of the total werewolf population they beat the humans by an order of magnitude.

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Shang-Chi: A Showcase of the Difference Between the Action and Martial Arts Genres

From a cinephile standpoint, it is pretty easy to regard the past decade’s deluge of Superhero movies as simply the latest trend in the Action Genre.  People who are not fond of this genre of movies will often complain of how sick they are of all of the superheroes.  However, those that are fond of the Action Genre have been able to recognize how the various Superhero movies have been hitting the various subgenres to Action.

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