The Path to Salvation
The late autumn evening air filled the monk's lungs, but it wasn't the season that chilled his bones. The heavy-handed presence of evil he had sensed upon entering the woods surrounding this mountain village had not bothered to conceal itself from him.
Visions & Thoughts
DISCLAIMER: I'm not overly familiar with the Star Wars universe beyond the movies (all three trilogies and the Mandalorian TV series), so there may be canon/non-canon information (such as the Expanded Universe/Legends) regarding Sith and lightsabers that I am not knowledgeable of that may be explored in this series. I freely admit this. I try to steer clear of any speculation in this article regarding, choosing to work only with the information presented in the Visions series. Thank you for understanding.
Matrix Resurrections 4 a Franchise
When the The Matrix Resurrections trailer dropped, so did my jaw. It was beautiful; upon first viewing, I was enthralled. Who wouldn't be? The original was a fantastic film that had everyone gobsmacked. It was inspired by incredibly well-loved films and media before it -- Ghost in the Shell (and anime in general), Neuromancer, and Simulacra and Simulation were just among the few sources cited by the Wachowskis.
Lampooning the Agency of the Digital Agency
September 1, 2021 marked what should have been an auspicious occasion for the Japanese government, and indeed is it being welcomed by the public as a step in the right direction. Rightfully so though, there are plenty of concerns, which I will get to throughout the post.
Blade Runner: White Dragon Cut
Based on the dystopian novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick and set in a post nuclear war world where animals are all but extinct, the film Blade Runner debuted in theaters nearly 40 years ago. Helmed by Sir Ridley Scott, it starred Harrison Ford as a retired Los Angeles police officer who dealt with rogue androids called Replicants.
Danny sat quietly, a sporadic jerk the only thing punctuating his otherwise silent countenance. His left eye had gone milky white with cataract, his skin was a mottled yellow and sickly, and despite the fair temperature of the room on a fine spring morning, whispery rivulets of sweat snuck their way down his hot brow passed his earlobe until they found a hiding spot under his jaw.
(Cultural note: Gacha-gacha / gasha-gasha machines are "capsule toy" machines.) __________ He stood on the small rise of the concrete platform, mouth slightly agape, starting at the gacha-gacha machine. He could hardly believe, in either its existence or his incredible luck. What company in their right mind would put one out in the middle nowhere in the farburbs? Let alone fill it with one of the hottest collectible properties right now. There wouldn't be anyone to purchase from it. And yet there it was; every centimeter of its attention-seeking lighting and gaudy lettering flashing unabashedly, its holo-girl mascot smiling beatifically. He smiled back, his excitement growing.