Martin Stellinga Posts

November 13, 2015 / Reviews


He has a license to kill, is smooth as only the British can be, and he drinks his Wodka-Martini shaken, not stirred. It’s Bond, James Bond. Spectre is the 24th Bond movie, and not only the latest, but also the most expensive one, with a budget going toward 300 million dollars. Question is, what did all that money buy?

November 6, 2015 / Tech
October 30, 2015 / Reviews


With Sense8, the Wachowskis (the Matrix) and Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) try to explore what happens if eight random people around the world get mind-linked. I think they failed. What they made instead was eight hours of watching paint dry on cardboard cutouts of characters.

To my amazement the show has rave reviews and a high 8 on IMDB. Personally, I feel it’s highly over8ted – pardon the puns.

October 23, 2015 / Smells


Sometimes the metaphorical camera in a scene drifts away from the viewpoint character and focuses on somebody else. Not a problem for an omniscient viewpoint, but in limited third person, a drifting viewpoint is a smell of bad writing.

October 16, 2015 / Reviews


Ancillary Justice is the first part of a science fiction trilogy by Ann Leckie. I recently finished the first two books and am now eagerly awaiting the third installment. I like it enough that I decided to plug it to the internet at large.