SIN CITY, THE GAZA STRIP, KILLING HIV AND TIDINGS

Greetings,

My brother rented the Sin City DVD yesterday. One of the most interesting things about this film is the fact its visual style is so remarkable that you wonder why it took so long to get into cinema. Director Robert Rodriguez’s style mirrors comic books and graphic novels with the kind of ease that would blow your mind. If you haven’t seen it yet, I strongly recommend it. Look for more films like Sin City in the coming years – as comic books and graphic novels become more mainstream (especially since Hollywood is mining comic books for all kinds of movies now) through fan-zines, the web and news groups, the hunger for films like Sin City will grow. Sure, it’s a very brutal film (not recommended for anyone who has a low tolerance for graphic violence) but people seem to want stories like Sin City more now than ever.

GAZA: It’s not going well, this evacuation from Gaza. In fact, it’s the kind of thing that could spark more violence in Israel.

CROCODILES KILLING HIV: Once again, the best weapons against disease are found in nature. Scientists have discovered that crocodiles – a species that have far stronger immune systems than humans, probably because evolution has forced crocodiles to develop strong defenses against disease over the eons, since they’ve been on the planet much longer than us – can defeat the HIV virus. It’s still years away for human use, but this could be a very positive step in the battle against HIV.

TIDINGS: My new article in Tidings came out today. I got my copy sent to me – I’m pleased with the article’s layout. It’s available here.

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