The Human Factor

by Alan Rapp on May 7, 2021

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  • Title: The Human Factor
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The Human Factor movie reviewFor decades the world has looked at the tension in the Middle East between Israel and its neighbors and wished for a peaceful solution. In the new documentary featuring interviews from the American negotiators involved, The Human Factor takes us back to the 1990s and the closest America came to brokering peace between Israel and its neighbors Palestine and Syria.

With access to members of the team who dealt directly with Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin, Bill Clinton, Ehud Barak, and others, director Dror Moreh‘s film offers a behind-the-scenes look at obstacles, struggles, and small victories (such as the Oslo Accords) that offered the hope of lasting peace only to ultimately come up short. Although Syria feels a bit short-changed here given the strong focus on Israeli’s relationship to Palestine, and the film could do better in expanding on the last 20 years of after the 90s peace proposals finally fizzled out at Camp David, The Human Factor is an informative and engaging documentary from the perspective of those who lived through events with the added benefit of decades of hindsight to look back on what went wrong.

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Once and Future #18

by Alan Rapp on May 6, 2021

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Once and Future #18 comic reviewRiding a dragon, Duncan, Rose, Bridgette, and the Shadow Secretary race to prevent the Holy Grail from falling into the hands of Merlin and Zombie Arthur. While successful, Nimue (or whatever she’s referring to herself now) inserting herself back into the story to save her son has much larger implications that she could ever imagined.

While celebrating their victory, our heroes discover that the government has leaked the truth about magic and the hidden otherworld to the public. The knowledge not only puts the Grail back into Arthur’s hands (giving him exactly what he’s been after all this time) but also plunges the world into the hellscape our heroes just fought their way out of it. Yes, government bureaucrats have destroyed the world.

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Prodigal Son – You Can Run…

by Alan Rapp on May 6, 2021

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  • Title: Prodigal Son – You Can Run…
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Prodigal Son - You Can Run... television review

The manhunt for the escaped Surgeon (Michael Sheen) begins. The show teases the possibility of capturing Martin in a single episode, returning the show to the status quo. Instead, we get a couple of twists as it seems the Surgeon didn’t think of everything. Malcom (Tom Payne) discovers he is more conflicted about the hunt for his father than he expected, especially after discovering one of his old toys in his father’s possessions and discovering Ainsley (Halston Sage) has been secretly communicating with their father in the weeks leading up to his escape. In the end, Malcom is able to profile his father well enough to deduce his escape plan and capture both the criminals he escaped with, but the Surgeon slipped through his fingers as it seems Martin’s journey took a far different path than anyone expected.

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Batman: Black and White #5

by Alan Rapp on May 6, 2021

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Batman: Black and White #5 comic reviewFive more stories of Batman in black and white are presented in Batman: Black and White #5. The most interesting of the issue is the Choose Your Own Adventure style tale from writer Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie which pits Batman against both the Riddler and Killer Croc allowing the user to choose Batman’s actions and jump forward to another panel further in the issue to discover the results. While the concept works better in print than digital, it’s still a fun exercise (especially for those of us who grew up with Choose Your Own Adventure novels).

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A wealthy American family’s African adventure doesn’t go as planned in this trailer for Endangered Species available On Demand on May 28th.

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