"Eyeborgs" (2009) in this impressive low budget sci-fi set in the near future, the U.S. is protected by a nationwide network of robotic security/surveillance drones... that suddenly begin killing people. A mix of "Terminator" and "RoboCop" with some post-9/11 paranoia thrown in for good measure. Despite the cheap CGI and the only "name" actor being Adrian Paul of TV's "Highlander," this is a cut above the usual SyFy schlock.
Wow, that stuff is amazing. What an incredible imagination. Love the way he can make really organic looking stuff and at the same time really mechanical looking stuff, and really capture the essence of each. And his landscapes and other backgrounds are fabulous too.
I've recently gotten over my Skyrim addiction. Now I'm playing Diablo 3 on the PS3. Just the original version, not the recent Ultimate Evil version. I figure I'll buy that version when I finally breakdown and buy a PS4. Heaven help me when I do.
Square-jawed, Amazon-ish warrior-woman Hundra refuses to "reproduce". She rather enjoys having a horse between her legs (quote). Some oracle begs to differ, so Hundra seeks out a male companion for mating. Her first choice: some grunting alpha-brute. However, the planned sex turns into a fist fight. Later Hundra encounters a well groomed doctor and decides that he's the one, but the doc declines because Hundra isn't "womanly" enough. Hundra has no other choice than to take lessons in how to behave like a lady...
Feminist Conan the Barbarian rip off (they even use the same location/setting Conan was filmed), only partially entertaining. This is a dull affair lacking fantasy elements. There is lots of fighting however, and lots of yelling. The first 30 minutes or so basically shows people non-stop battle-screaming (YAAAAAAAAAAARGH!), or you get a collective casual scream (AAAAAAAAH!). Stand out scene: Hundra exhausted dropping her weapons and clothes at the beach while riding her horse naked into the ocean. Anyway, 2.5/5
What I have seen in my studies of the era is that the more the tide of history turned against slavery, the more loud and fanatical the Southern intellectuals spoke out in favor of it. Most slaveowners of the founding era agreed with Washington and Jefferson that the institution was a "necessary evil" - they wished it had never been brought to America and longed to be rid of it, but could see no practical way to get rid of it. By the 1840's and 50's, however, intellectuals like George Fitzhugh of Virginian (author of "The Sociology of the South", a book-length defense of slavery) said that slavery was a positive good, a blessing to master and slave alike, and that "all the societal ills of the Yankee states stem from their erroneous belief that 'all men are created equal.' " It is astonishing to me to this day to see the willingness with which Southerners threw America's founding principles under the bus in order to defend slavery.