“Here’s the thing about “real” bodies. We actually see them every day. Walk down the street. Go to a locker room. Or a beach. Real bodies are literally everywhere… [s]o these attempts aren’t about getting us to see more real bodies — they’re about getting us to engage in some communal affirmation that they are not only okay but also beautiful.”—
“Even if hard drugs carry greater health risks than marijuana, rationally, we can’t ban them without comparing the harm from prohibition against the harms from drugs themselves. In a society that legalizes drugs, users face only the negatives of use. Under prohibition, they also risk arrest, fines, loss of professional licenses, and more.”—
HBO’s Game of Thrones concluded its fourth season last month, and the series won’t be back until 2015. But if the idea of going that long without seeing a Lannister or a Stark sounds too painful, why not check out a movie featuring one of Game of Thrones' many talented actors? All month, we'll be counting down movies starring Game of Thrones cast members. This week: the unsettling period horror movie Black Death.
I’ve always wondered why Hollywood sets so many horror movies in the modern day. How can you be scared when a character can just turn on a lamp to see what’s hiding in the dark, or respond to a bump in the night by picking up a cell phone and calling the police?
Period horror movies can be hard to come by, and the ones that do make it through the system tend to be bogged down by bad, anachronistic scripts or laughably low budgets. But one recent horror movie that screened in just two U.S. theaters is well worth your time: Black Death, a chiller about a group of knights wandering medieval England during the height of the plague.
Sean Bean — better known to Game of Thrones fans as Ned Stark — stars as Ulrich, a knight tasked with solving the mystery behind a small village that has inexplicably managed to avoid suffering a single plague victim. He gathers a small band of knights to learn their secret, and is deeply unsettled by the things he discovers.
I’ll leave you to discover Black Death's secrets for yourself, but I will reveal that the movie holds one last fun surprise for Game of Thrones fans: the presence ofanother cast member from the HBO fantasy series. You might not recognize her right away — but when you do, you’ll be full of terror.
“Yes, there is a distinction between criminal acts and violations of the league’s proscribed rules, rules that carry specific — if arbitrary — punishments. But if the justification for punishing each kind of off-field crime is that it’s necessary to defend the game’s “integrity” and ensure players act as role models, then the league is putting these disparate crimes under the same moral rubric.”—
“Besson dismantles the idea that superheroes are all regular people with the same human impulses we have. As Lucy evolves, each move forward differentiates her because she’s no longer a typical human being. She experiences the world differently and ceases to relate to her old self.”—
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“But the reason we shouldn’t eat dogs is related to the same reason it is more heinous and hateful to burn a synagogue than a community center, or that it is more of a violation to burn down a man’s home than the two rental properties he owns of an equivalent dollar value. The spaces, objects, and even animals we sanctify with our respect, friendship, and time really do enter into different moral categories. It is not inherently evil to smash a picture, but it is a gesture of hatred to tear a beloved family photo.”—
“But for all the speculation, one thing seems clear: Capaldi, for all his talent, has a tough job ahead of him. Of all the actors who have played the Doctor over the past 50 years, the only one with a comparably daunting task was Patrick Troughton, the second Doctor, who took over from the original, William Hartnell, in 1966.”—
“We become the center of our own worlds, with the constant connection a validation of our own importance. The removal of that connection does not disturb anyone else, but the removal of that validation makes it clear that the world spins on without us. And when we return, we discover that not much really changes in the time we spent away from social media, away from the office, and even away from friends and family.”—
“In response to his charitable campaign, Beck’s listeners evidently flooded him with threats made against his life and work… So much for the Christian mission of mercy and tenderness. For Beck’s enraged audience, any act of kindness, no matter how small — the immigrants would have eaten whether or not Beck served the food, and ‘millions of dollars’ were never on offer — was too great a risk.”—