Update: The Nebula Award for Best Novel (and the ones I’ve read)

Early in the history of the Nebula Award, the winning novels often corresponded to the Hugo award winning novels.  In recent years, this has changed somewhat.  The Nebulas — unlike the Hugos — are awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (so, by their peers).  Of the Continue reading Update: The Nebula Award for Best Novel (and the ones I’ve read)

A Film Rumination: La Guerre est Finie, Alain Resnais (1966)

7/10 (Good)

Alain Resnais – most famous for his early French New Wave film Hiroshima Mon Amour (1966) and the impenetrable masterpiece Last Year at Marienbad (1961) — also has the ability to craft an astute political drama: La Guerre est Finie (1966).  Sadly, in part because of the dated political situation, La Guerre est Finie Continue reading A Film Rumination: La Guerre est Finie, Alain Resnais (1966)

Book Review: The Dueling Machine, Ben Bova (1969)

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2/5 (Bad)

This novel feels like two separate stories connected by the presence of the dueling machine. The story when the dueling machine is a dueling machine and the story when the Bova decides that the dueling machine is also teleportation device and a therapy device and only occasionally used for duels. The first part of the novel Continue reading Book Review: The Dueling Machine, Ben Bova (1969)

A Film Rumination: Le Fils, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (2002)

9.5/10 (Near Perfect)

The Belgian Dardenne brothers (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne) are renowned (mainly in Europe) for their intense minimalist dramas.  Following on the success of Rosetta (1999) which won the prestigious Palm d’Or and La Promese (1996), the brothers embarked on the rigorously stylistic Le Fils (2002).  I must Continue reading A Film Rumination: Le Fils, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (2002)

A Film Rumination: The Servant, Joseph Losey (1963)

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8/10 (Very Good)

Joseph Losey’s film, The Servant (1963) is a profoundly unsettling experience concerning various class related themes (servitude, the British upper class life, etc).  Losey – an American blacklisted communist who was forced to flee Hollywood in the 50s to England – gives an interesting take on this common cinematic theme. This film marks the first of three successful collaborations with the renowned playwright and screenwriter Harold Pinter Continue reading A Film Rumination: The Servant, Joseph Losey (1963)