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Comments made by Miguel Rodriguez

Teen Critic: 'Zero Dark Thirty'

The idea that kids as a whole have lost a sense of humanity or are desensitized to real life violence is a very common fallacy that continues to be perpetuated. I have worked with young people in a variety of settings, but particularly in inner city Baltimore, for several years. I think kids are far more thoughtful and empathetic than we give them credit for a lot of the time, even though they are exposed to quite a lot of violence in the media, in games, and in other ways.

I am not concerned in the least for Robert Mackey. He is clearly a thoughtful and intelligent person. To hold him as an example of some imagined social pathology is a bit insulting to him. I think he could have been clearer in his "violence is not a problem for me" comment, which was clearly meant to clarify that he could handle depicted violence on film. As was stated before, he was using that comment to warn others as to the film's content, which in itself shows a consideration of others that is to be commended.

January 10, 2013 at 2:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Teen Critic: 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Robert Mackey, I applaud the insight and attention you gave to Zero Dark Thirty. I have yet to see this film, so I can't comment on it or your reactions to it, but I am impressed with how well you can express your reactions. Are you sure you're only 12 years old?

Keep writing and thinking about film, and I think you have a great future as a film critic--or perhaps even a filmmaker! Well done!

January 10, 2013 at 7:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Midday Movies: Horrible Imaginings

Thanks so much for listening! I hope people look at genre or disreputable art in new and enlightening ways!

October 19, 2012 at 9:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Midday Movies: Horrible Imaginings

To get the full details on the art exhibit opening next Wednesday, check out

Art, music, literature, film, food, and more! What a great way to spend an evening. The Reception is free to the public--donations will be gladly accepted!

Short Films:
This Little Light by Jeff Cohlman
The Transmission by Brian Lonano
Killing Candi by Julie Ufema
Sacha the Bear by Francois Morisset
Thy Kill be Done by Greg Hanson and Casey Regan
The Can-Cannibals by Matthew Ragsdale

Feature Film:
Video Diary of a Lost Girl by Lindsay Denniberg

Allison Lonsdale
I've been doing this since I was twelve, and doing it competently since I was sixteen. I performed with San Diego Celtic folk band The Wild Oats (not to be confused with the Wild Oats band from the UK) during the 1990s and started performing solo in 1999. I play my original songs about sex, science and God, full of metaphors from math, physics, biology, the supernatural, comic books, Tibetan Buddhism, and role-playing games, at coffeehouses and science fiction conventions. I write a lot of songs about monsters -- vampires, serial killers, and demon-eating exorcists among them.

Eben Brooks
I am “The Working Class Superhero of San Diego”: geeky musician par excellence, gamer, comic book reader, science fiction lover, and the man responsible for the squamous, rugose filk song “Hey There Cthulhu”. I perform original and filk songs on a variety of geeky topics, such as superheroes, cyberpunk, magic, minstrelry, literature, gaming, comic books, eldritch horror, science fiction television shows, and the dangers of teleportation. I also perform more “normal” songs about human existence, love, death, and workplace accidents, among other topics.

October 18, 2012 at 1:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Guest Review: 'The Avengers'

I must appreciate when it was mentioned that contemporary Zeus is shiny. Does that make him a Twilight vampire? Show are shiny and sparkly different? These are the discussions of our times!

May 3, 2012 at 12:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Guest Review: 'The Avengers'

My favorite comic book presentation of classical characters will probably always be Bob Layton's oafishly drunk, yet charming Hercules.

May 3, 2012 at 11:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Guest Review: 'The Avengers'

Ah! That is an excellent point! That is a big difference, and I wonder how much of that simply reflects our own cultural perspective. I mean, when even Zeus is portrayed in contemporary cinema (awful as it tends to be), he tends to be a wise and benevolent bearded man, more reminiscent of the common presentation of a Christian God, rather than the flawed, petty, selfish God he was portrayed as classically.

May 3, 2012 at 11:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Guest Review: 'The Avengers'

Also, I failed to point out that, as of 2011, Wizard Magazine has abandoned their print version and gone all online. A sign of the times!

May 3, 2012 at 11:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Guest Review: 'The Avengers'

Yes, I believe the sense of fun comes from comics having their origins in entertainment while classical myths were almost always didactic to some degree. Still, the effects of comics have mirrored the effects of myth in ways that no one could have foreseen. I mean, just look at everything a Superman logo implies!

May 3, 2012 at 11:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Screening: Super Sci-Fi Saturday

I'll be there for the long haul! It will be 12 hours of bliss, and all those who oppose my lord Ming will know the true meaning of pain!

April 5, 2012 at 4:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )