video review : Contact

video review : Contact

Like observing deep space via satellite, waiting for some sign of intelligent life, this movie is boring for a long time. About a third of its two-and-a-half hours goes by before the catch of the plot finally beams in and things start to get interesting.

Based on a Carl Sagan sci-fi novel, Contact propels itself with a wonderous concept, brilliant visual effects and mind-bending philosophical undertones, but the story, bogged down by extraneous love themes, doesn’t reach good fast enough.

my rating : 3 of 5


a dream I had about arguing with Alex Malpass

I don’t know what we were arguing about, but it had to do with philosophy and knowledge. He was saying that something would be the case (true) under a certain set of hypothetical circumstances and I was saying I didn’t know if it would be true.

The implication was that he also didn’t know, which I think is what he was arguing against. He repeated his example to try to make me understand his point, but I didn’t think it was that I didn’t understand it; just that I wasn’t agreeing with it.

He seemed to be talking over the phone or some type of internet voice connection like Discord, Skype or Zoom, but I was actually there in some kind of room, perhaps a classroom in a school or a small auditorium, full of people listening to us.

I don’t know what the situation was. It didn’t seem to be a scheduled debate, but just as we began to talk over each other a little louder than before, the moderator or teacher or whoever it was that seemed to be in charge on my end butted in to stop us.

If it was an actual debate, that part is a shame. It’s one of the reasons I prefer casual back-and-forth debates over formal ones. The moderators, many of which abuse the power of the role, tend to cut in just when things are getting interesting.

Besides, it’s not like we were calling each other insulting names, yelling or getting upset in any serious way. We were simply arguing our points not even particularly vehemently. He was arguing his rather. I was more or less questioning or challenging it.

If it sounded hostile, it probably sounded even worse when I talked over the person intervening. “I just want to say one last thing,” I might’ve phrased it in my calm but naturally dominant voice before telling Alex he was one of the smartest people I’d met.

I was about to say “people I know” before changing it because, though it seems we’d met in person, we weren’t friends or anything. “You’re one of the smartest people I ever met,” I might’ve continued, “but I think you’re in over your head on this one.”

I don’t remember what he was saying; just that he continued to argue his point in a voice that’s naturally a lot more polite-sounding than mine, which makes sense because I was listening to audio of him arguing points in real life as I slept.

2020 [ May 18 ]

audio review : Edutainment ( album ) … Boogie Down Productions

audio review : Edutainment ( album ) ... Boogie Down Productions

Boogie Down Productions isn’t about making you dance. It’s about providing knowledge, the kind that centers around uplifting the black race. It’s stuff you must learn, no matter what color you are, but you won’t learn about it in that boring history class with the old white teacher, so it’s up to KRS-One; a Teacha in his own right; to put the equivalent of a book in your head. He does that with rap music, which, as the title cleverly suggests, educates and entertains.

The album is enveloped around a college lecture. “Black people have created every music you hear out here in the street today,” he claims. Even if you don’t subscribe to his ideology, which would border racism itself if not for a song that explains he’s not just a “black man speaking out of ignorance”, you can’t deny the quality of the music. The rhymes are thoughtful and the beats; the Breath Control sequel, a reggae joint, being the best among them; are funky-fresh all the way.

my rating : 4 of 5