My Thoughts On The Amazon Rainforest Burning Down


I am, technically, if these designations mean anything anymore…”half Brazilian.” Which is to say…my mother was born and raised in Brazil, and emigrated to the United States when she was in her twenties.

She grew up in São Paulo…which, at the time of this writing, is engulfed in Book Of Revelations level smoke and darkness.

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The “Hudson Hawk” Code

Hi, I’m being blackmailed into robbing the Vatican by a psychotic American corporation and the C.I.A..
–Hudson Hawk

My name is Kit Kat
This is not a dream
–Kit Kat

1991’s Hudson Hawk is pretty much an unbearable vanity project specifically created to showcase the wit and wisdom of Bruce Willis (who is pretty much neck-in-neck with Nic Cage for most hit/bomb/hit/bomb cinematic track-record).

But the film also strangely shares certain esoteric resonances with 2006’s Da Vinci Code. Let’s explore a few, segueing into one of my favorite obscure movie characters, Kit Kat!

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The Matrix 4: A Re-Cycle Just In Time For The New Decade

In 1999 a sleeper hit changed the face of not only pop-culture, but fringe culture as well. Poised at the very lip of the new millennium (a.k.a. Y2K, a.k.a. “The Apocalypse”), it seemed to be the epic augur of so much that would shortly unfold…

And now the 4th installment of The Matrix has been greenlit, to begin production in 2020.

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“Disfigured Yet Still Handsome”: The Fantastic Phineas P. Gage

…the patient bore his sufferings with the most heroic firmness. He recognized me at once, and said he hoped he was not much hurt. He seemed to be perfectly conscious, but was getting exhausted from the hemorrhage. His person, and the bed on which he was laid, were literally one gore of blood.
–Dr. John Martyn Harlow

On September 13, 1848, railroad construction foreman Phineas P. Gage had a large iron rod shoved completely through his head in a freak accident.

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