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History of J.R.R. Tolkien: A 100-Year Love Affair

By billpetro / December 31, 2017 /

HISTORY OF J.R.R. TOLKIEN: A 100 YEAR LOVE AFFAIR I’m reading J.R.R. Tolkien‘s latest book published in June, Beren and Luthien which he began writing 100 years ago. How is that possible, when he died in 1973? His youngest son and literary executor — Christopher Tolkien who is now 93 — has been publishing his…

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Star Wars vs. Star Trek: How do they Compare?

By billpetro / December 29, 2016 /

Star Wars vs. Star Trek: How do they Compare? Each is a huge media franchise, what are the differences?

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History of the End of the World

By billpetro / December 21, 2012 /

HISTORY OF THE END OF THE WORLD We’ve heard lots of talk and seen lots of stories about how today will be the end of the world. As popularized in the John Cusack movie 2012, the story goes that on December 21, 2012 — 12/21/12 in the US or 21/12/12 for those in other parts…

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History of Iron Man

By billpetro / May 4, 2008 /

HISTORY OF IRON MAN I had the opportunity to catch the midnight premier of what is likely to be the initial “summer blockbuster” of the 2008 season. Iron Man has since this debut had the second biggest non-sequel opening day in history, trailing only Spider-Man. Last summer had 14 sequels, this summer only 7. More…

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Movie Review: Hairspray

By billpetro / July 22, 2007 /

Movie Review: Hairspray Kenetic! That word alone captures the energy of this movie. This is easily the most enjoyable film of the summer (so far) that starts the viewer with a grin and the ends with applause. It is tempting to say this is the best movie musical since Grease. Sure, other musicals have been…

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Book Review: The Children of Hurin

By billpetro / July 9, 2007 /

Perhaps the saddest book I’ve ever read, the first “new” J.R.R. Tolkien book in 30 years is “…long and sad in the telling, as are all tales of Middle Earth.” While it is beautiful in its composition and deep in its scope, it contains in it at all times a sense of “doom” that seems…

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History of Spider-Man

By billpetro / May 4, 2007 /

SPIDER-MAN There is something about being first in line for the midnight showing of the premier of a summer blockbuster, not to mention that I was probably the oldest person in the theater. The Experience: A young friend of mine insured our place at the front of the line by camping out since Monday for…

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