Chappie

You know the word “chap” as a British-ism, like “bloke” or “mate,” a casual reference to a male acquaintance. The diminutive form, “chappie,” would suggest an added level of bonhomie. The words (“chap” and “chappie”) have currency in South Africa, which, in futuristic vision, is the setting of a 2015 movie titled Chappie. In the movie, the sobriquet is […]

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Silence

Liam Neeson has just the right kind of face for the concerned sincerity that you would expect the devil to have.  He was well-cast in this Martin Scorcese movie.  Silence is about two kinds of silence: the putative silence of God about His own existence, and then that silence requited by man’s. In the early […]

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