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  • Film Review: 'Automata' delivers enjoyable futuristic tale

    Film Review: 'Automata' delivers enjoyable futuristic tale
    “Automata” takes place 30 years from now, when environmental abuse has wiped out all but 21 million of us. Most of the world is a parched, radioactive wasteland. Any activity outside one of the few safe zones must be accomplished by sophisticated robots — who also take care of much of the work in the remaining settlements. The one task utterly forbidden to robots is, logically, repairing themselves. ROC, the corporation that manufactures them, has implanted two inviolable directives: First, they can not harm — or, through inaction, allow harm — to come to any living thing. Second, they can’t alter themselves, which might allow them to rewrite the first directive (among other scary possibilities).
  • Letter: Bookshop inspired Oregon stores

    I grew up in Glendale. When the new paperbacks were priced at $4.95 (this would be at the old Crown Books), I decided that was too expensive, and I would start buying used books exclusively. That must have been just when Brand Bookshop opened, because...

    'Fuddles' gets a second tale

    'Fuddles' gets a second tale
    “Fuddles” the cat is back again in Frans Vischer’s latest book, “A Very Fuddles Christmas.” The Glendale resident and Disney animator published his second book in October, telling of the misadventures of Fuddles on Christmas...

    Film Review: There's nothing artificial about 'Her'

    Film Review: There's nothing artificial about 'Her'
    In its simplest terms, “Her” — the new feature from director Spike Jonze — is a romance between a man and his computer. Or, to be more accurate, between a man and an artificial intelligence construct that seems to have every...

    A reluctant list of 2013's top 10 films

    A reluctant list of 2013's top 10 films
    It's customary for us ink-stained (and now, of course, pixel-stained) wretches to look back on the year's films and pluck out 10 titles that we ordain collectively as top 10 lists. This process was fun the first 20 or so times I did it, but there is...