Author: Pearsonally

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Harlan Ellison, RIP

a remembrance HARSH LANGUAGE AHEAD.  MAYBE. As I recall, I was a wee 12 years of age when I first read the short story ‘”Repent, Harlequin”, Said the Ticktockman’.  Having heard about the famous short story from others, and conveniently holding a collection of short sci-fi, I must have read it twice that day.  At least. Eventually, as my immersion is sci-fi fandom became deeper, I collected and consumed his paperback short story collections in my later teen years, oftentimes from Waldenbooks in Southgate Mall, and increasingly from the huckster table mazes at sci-fi conventions in SE Michigan.  Second copies of...

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A Near-Perfect Movie, Fucked by One Dialogue

a short review of A Star is Born 2018 I WILL WARN YOU BEFORE THE SPOILERS Cooper is Gold Bradley Cooper has done considerable good with his career since his breakthrough appearance in the excellent comedy The Hangover (2009), where he sailed by on more than his good looks.  With Silver Linings Playbook (2012) he displayed his (semi-)serious acting chops.  In this film he goes dozens of steps forward: almost every major craft position has either his sole or shared name.  He is the director, star, soundtrack producer and co-writer for this film.  With this film, my respect for his talent...

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10 Cloverfield, 5 Issues

“Not a Sequel, Not a Prequel, but an Equal” a review of 10 Cloverfield Lane  WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD How Did We Come To This? Wunderkind movie producer/director J. J. Abrams, like so many of us with ADD, was influenced, it seems, by minutiae. While in a toy store in Japan, he thought “We saw all these Godzilla toys . . . we need our own American monster, and not like King Kong. I love King Kong. King Kong is adorable. And Godzilla is a charming monster. We love Godzilla. But I wanted something that was just insane and intense.” This quote,...

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Ready To Ignore One

a review of Ready Player One WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD, BUT SINCE I’M RECOMMENDING YOU AVOID THIS TRAINWRECK IT DOESN’T MATTER Spielberg Speaks Legendary motion picture virtuoso Stephen Spielberg stated in a featurette1 his motivation for making his latest movie: “When I read Ready Player One I was completely wowed by it.  I suddenly saw a future and it wasn’t that far away from what I think is going to happen.” What ends up happening is that almost anyone and everyone is hooked up w/ VR headsets to “The Oasis”, which is an immersive computer simulation game with m/billions of users and...

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So Low Solo

THIS REVIEW IS IN THE WORKS In the modern day trade of blood diamonds, human cargo, forced servitude, kidnappings for shackled dungeon sex bondage, and with the rise of authoritarian right-wing totalitarianism, it’s not at all refreshing to know these attributes are evident in a galaxy far, far away and a long time ago.  Well, honestly some of these things are not touched upon in Solo: A Star Wars Story, but you get the idea. This is the world shady young galactic hustler Han Solo has to navigate, find his way through, and build his business and reputation. And where each...

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The Force Has Awakened

Yes, Everything Old Is New Again WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD, BUT I PROMISE NOT TOO, TOO MANY Mea Culpa Voluntaria I am proud to say many things regarding my moderately-immersive involvement in the universe known as Star Wars (although ‘galaxy’ would be more retentively accurate). I have seen every movie, excepting the first made, on opening day. The first, the original Star Wars (later retitled A New Hope), had to wait about a week for this young padawan’s presence. I did, however see it in one of the first limited-run 70mm prints. Wow. I have been alone in an elevator with the...

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Ben Carson Examined: A Ludicrous Idea of History with a Smattering of Separationism

A lack of critical thinking can lead to Ben Carson becoming the Fuckublican party’s lead candidate for the most powerful elected office on the planet Beloved neurosurgeon-cum media whore Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson, Sr is — as of November 10, 2015 — pretty much the leading candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for U.S. President.  His ideas, understandings of reality, and views on his personal superstitions’ place in our daily lives (a.k.a. his views on state/church separation) deserve a little scrutiny, as do any of his stated ideas regarding historical inquiry. Born in my own origin town of Detroit, Carson has...

“Is It Farther Than The Stars?”

Puffs of Smoke “Why do they hate her?” Coda   {n.b.: This post is in limbo/suspension until a certain matter can be worked out. Until then, just go elsewhere.} note: this essay, in a slightly different form, appeared in one of my published works, this time in a collection of essays by a regional Atheism group who shall here remain nameless, as I otherwise love and respect them and their Director. However, my essay, and only my essay, was changed, chopped up, and indescribably mangled. I sent the editor, and copied to the Director, my concerns as to why I was...

Marcos Perez, Scumbag Extraordinaire

Marcos Perez, Scumbag Extraordinaire

We don’t yet know, above all, what the world might be like if children were to grow up without being subjected to humiliation, if parents would respect them and take them seriously as people. ― Alice Miller The first reality in some of today’s most prevalent “news” stories — far too often proffered, polished and promoted by any mental midget with a cell phone camera or computer — is the lack of objectivity accompanied by its unthinking acceptance by an uncritical populace unequipped to filter differences in importance between civil wars in Middle Eastern countries and Lady GaGa’s latest hair color....

Why I Party (Mostly) Green

Why I Party Green by Paul Pearson, posted at Pearsonally Speaking (delta9marketing.com/pearsonally) on Sept. 10, 2012 this post is still in the works “Huh?” “What?” “Who’s that?” “Is s/he Democrat or Republican?” “Whoever heard of him/her?” Such are the responses I receive when I answer — when queried about my voting choices — who will be getting my single, lonely selection on election day. Let’s just face it. Most Americans have barely heard of the Green Party, or only faintly remember Ralph Nader’s runs against Bush II in 2000 and 2004 (blamed both times for shifting Dems and independents away from...