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    The English/Irish playwright, screenwriter, and film director Martin McDonagh has been described as “one of the most important living Irish playwrights,” despite the fact that he was born in London and lived there his entire life (Zinoman). His early plays present the west of Ireland to us as a horrible place, populated by savage people disguised as ordinary. His plays and films are most notable for their casual use of violence and strong dialogue; it is hard for one not to notice the striking similarities to American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. However, the relationship between McDonagh and Tarantino, at least on McDonagh’s end, seems to be a rocky one. In 1994, over the course of 10 months, McDonagh wrote his first seven plays while living in a house in an Irish neighborhood of London. For the next twenty years these works were produced in London and then New York. In 1994 Quentin Tarantino’s most well-known film, Pulp Fiction, was released. Known for its mix of humor and violence, extensive dialogue, and allusions to pop culture, the film became a major critical and commercial success. McDonagh, who cites cinema as his “first love” and theatre “always [his] last,” would have undoubtedly watched Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction when it was first released. In fact, during a 2001 interview with The Guardian, McDonagh himself compared his work to Tarantino’s when describing his own mix of humor and cruelty: I suppose I walk that line between comedy and cruelty, because I think one…

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    time jumps of several years, which is only explained by having Duke Mitchell's hair turn gray. It's a mess of a film, but you know what, it has a certain low budget charm that sticks with you long after the credits roll. In fact, the charm you will stick with you much longer if you buy the Grindhouse Releasing Blu-ray, as the disc is a love letter to Duke Mitchell, with plenty of other surprises I'll get into in the features section below. For now, though, let's talk a bit about the movie...…

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    machine, press “espresso” and set to the timer to 30 second, the begin the process, once the espresso has been made, pour milk into a steal jar and use the steamer in the coffee machine to froth the milk up to 65 degrees and pour the milk within to the cup and complete the progress. In most cases café will offer some of popular coffee, which includes Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Irish coffee, Turkish coffee, and Mocha. The barista is the heart of a café and without a barista at café will be…

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    able to predict accurately what films would attract audiences and what films would not. The problem has always been the case, leading to screenwriter William Goldman making perhaps the most famous quote about the film industry “nobody knows anything”. In 1965 the number of cinemas in both the US and the UK had fallen (1,993 in the UK compared to 5,361 in 1930). Falling profits had led to a lack of investment which meant the once grand ‘dream palaces’ were often shabby and uninviting,…

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    **Huffington Post** (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/transhumanism/) **TechCrunch** (https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/26/the-ethics-of-transhumanism/) One question often presented to Transhumanists is the question, “why would you want to feel magnetic fields, or radio signals or wifi signals? It’s not something you need.” The Transhumanist counter would be, “what if you lost the ability to taste? You don’t need it to survive.” ### Capitalism and the Transhumanist Subculture…

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