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Josh Matthews

Movie Lists

Great Science-Fiction Movies and TV List

Based on my own preferences, this list nevertheless contains plenty of visionary, mind-blowing movies that you will like. For me, the weirder, the better, because "weird" to an ordinary person tends to mean that a science-fiction movie is doing its job--to provoke thought and spark…
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July 12, 2019
Book Lists

Italian Renaissance Reading List

Although the Italian Renaissance is one of the most important world-historical and cultural periods ever, it's quite difficult to penetrate for novices. I speak as one who, in order to learn anything about, had to do all of the reading and teaching to myself. The…
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July 11, 2019
Video Essays

Nebraska (2013) — A Great-Movie Essay

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm7Uwk1BF8U&feature=youtu.be (Below is a near-transcript of the essay read in the video above.) In the early twenty-first century, what is middle America, and what should you think about it?  So asks the 2013 movie Nebraska, one of the best American movies of the 21st century,…
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July 9, 2019
Book Lists

Philip K. Dick Reading List

Among the great authors of the 20th century, Philip K. Dick has an odd position. Critics have called him the "Shakespeare of Science Fiction," he's the first science-fiction author to have multiple volumes in the vaunted Library of America series, and he's influenced more movies…
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July 9, 2019
Book Lists

Essential Science Fiction Reading List

Want to know where Star Wars or Star Trek came from? Have you watched an awesome science-fiction movie and want to have similar experiences? What if you wanted to know more about the history and key concepts of science fiction? Below are my recommendations for…
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July 9, 2019
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John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum (2019)

Title: John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum Directed by: Chad Stahelski Written by: Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins & Marc AbramsStarring: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Halle Berry, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick Music by: Tyler Bates and Joel J. Richard John Wick 3 is barbarian ballet. Only a nation at war…
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May 31, 2019
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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Title: The Ballad of Buster ScruggsWritten and directed by: Joel and Ethan CoenStarring: Tim Blake Nelson, James France, Liam Neeson, Tom Waits, Zoe Kazan, Brendan Gleeson (and a cast of many more)Music by: Carter Burwell I have been waiting long, so long, for someone to do it well. The Coen Brothers…
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April 12, 2019