POF Archive: June 2020

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Train to Busan (7/10)

Korean fast-zombie movie that is largely bloodless but manages to remain entertaining to the end. Dad takes his daughter on a train ride to his ex-wife and, without explanation, zombies are everywhere. There's no attempt to take advantage of the train setting with awesome stunts, but, whatever, it works.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Mon, 06/29/2020 - 19:28

Bastard Swordsman (8/10)

Dueling clans seek to attain the highest level of kung-fu: silkworm style. The fighter literally shoots out webs of silk and creates a battle cocoon, but you don't get to see this until the climax. The rest of the fights aren't quite as crazy but they are overwhelmingly magical (as opposed to the grounded technique of a Gordon Liu). The flying, spinning wire-fu is the main appeal here but leaves the story and characters to be forgotten. They even drop the whole dueling clans plot-line for the last act of the picture.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 06/17/2020 - 11:09

Man and the State: The Political Philosophers by Various Authors (8/10)

A good collection of political writings spanning from Hobbes to Marx. Hobbes and Locke lay down a nice foundation for what follows. "On Liberty" remains a personal favorite for me and very applicable to today. This is the second time I've read it and I can't recommend it enough. Adam Smith was very informative and readable, but not necessarily political. Hegel was an incomprehensible word salad. "The Communist Manifesto" was okay in the early bit when he talked about all the awesome stuff the bourgeoisie created, but descends into hateful, envious and downright evil garbage pretty quickly. I…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 06/16/2020 - 16:51

Mysteries of the Unknown: Mystic Places by Time-Life Books (9/10)

So far, my favorite of the MOTU series. I think I liked this one because there is some grounding in reality. The pyramids exist, Stonehenge exists, the Nazca glyphs exist. There's quite a bit of real history here before it veers off into la la land. To be completely honest, a lot of the wacko theories about these ancient monuments are pretty fun to read about and enough of the real facts are there to let you make up your own mind. Sadly, Shirley Temple does not play a role in solving any of the ancient mysteries.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Fri, 06/05/2020 - 20:29