Author Archives: alasdair101

Seismic Risk & Resilience

Recently my profession has come under a bit of fire for sub-par performance of buildings and failure to prosecute the engineers behind the CTV building collapse. The main response seems to have been re-branding from “The Institute of Professional Engineers … Continue reading

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Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power [1992]

The Philosophy-101 aphorism on the value of a historical record is that “those who forget history are doomed to repeat it”. Over the past couple of years we’ve had an interesting time re-learning historical lessons – by which I mean, … Continue reading

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The Spy Who Dumped Me [2018]

Just a foreword here that since I think few people will have seen this film at the time I’m publishing the review, I’ve tried to keep it spoiler-lite. I talk about one specific set-piece that occurs early in the film, … Continue reading

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Bibliophilic Calgary

I’m writing this in Cafe Milano, a casual 5-minute walk from the central metro line that bisects Calgary’s main shopping district. I ordered a flat white – the flavour is good, but there’s too much milk. So far, this may … Continue reading

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Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado [2018]

When Day of the Soldado was announced I had much the same response as I often do to sequels and prequels: scepticism. This felt, if not quite as pointless as Solo, fairly superfluous, especially when the announcement made clear that the … Continue reading

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X-Films: Confessions of a Radical Film Maker [2008]

Alex Cox came to my attention when I picked up Alex Cox’s Film 101, which is a compilation of his lecture notes from a guest course he taught. His introduction to film was very idiosyncratic, representing his own experience as … Continue reading

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Annhilation [2018]

It’s entirely possible to take Annihilation on its own terms, as a creative effort separate and distinct from both the novel of the same name and of Andrei Tarkovsky’s masterpiece Stalker. Standing alone in a field of its own creation, … Continue reading

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