Steve's Book and DVD Reviews

I saw this movie about a bus that had to SPEED around a city, keeping its SPEED over fifty, and if its SPEED dropped, it would explode! I think it was called, 'The Bus that Couldn't Slow Down'. - Homer Simpson

Hi, I'm Steve Barrera. Welcome to my reviews page, where I discuss books, TV shows, and films. I like to review books and movies through the lens of sociological theory. My two favorite theories to reference are Strauss-Howe generational theory and Thomas P. M. Barnett's geopolitical theory. Reviews of these theories are on the bottom of this page. But I don't always reference them. Sometimes I just want to go over a book or movie that I really liked.

The reviews are presented here in no particular order. WARNING: There may be SPOILERS.

Blade Runner 20-Whenever
A completely unfair assessment of how well the franchise predicted the future.
Generations and Risk Taking: From X to Millennial
Godzilla Resurgence
A hard look at the 21st century.

Ghost in the Shell
From Sunnydale to Smallville
Bridging the generations.
Springfield, USA
A look at the modern trend of adult animated series, from The Simpsons to beyond.
The Stepford Wives, Then and Now
Why two versions of this film are so different.
Babel and the Confusion of States
The perils of globalized living.
The Big Lebowski

Demolition Man The Retelling of the Narnia Chronicles
Which is better, the books or the movies?
The Incredible Hulk Across the Generations
Three different kinds of superhero.
Riding the Gap with Mal and Yuri
The Good, the Bad and the Renegade.
Murderball Planet Earth - The Complete BBC Series

Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years
(really, quite a good book)
The Most Exclusive Club
A History of the Modern United States Senate
What's the Matter with Kansas?
How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
Bowling Alone
The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Broke, USA.
From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc - How the Working Poor Became Big Business
On Paradise Drive
How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense

The Pentagon's New Map
War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century
The Shield of Achilles
War, Peace, and the Course of History
The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069

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