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Dystopian Movies Head-to-Head: 4 Reasons Why ‘Equals’ Beats ‘Equilibrium’

On the surface, Equals and Equilibrium have the same premise. Humanity had a horrible war. Emotion itself was blamed, so it is outlawed. In Equilibrium, everyone takes mandatory medication to suppress emotion but is otherwise normal. In Equals, it is implied they do something at birth to suppress emotions, though the process fails periodically. In both societies, there is a totalitarian system that seeks to find the deviants and gets in the way of a couple falling in love. While Equilibrium is a bigger budget film with far more action, I think Equals beats it in a variety of ways.

The Greatest Conservative Films: Wonder Woman (2017)

Editor’s Note: In April of 2017 writer Eric M. Blake began a series at Western Free Press naming the “Greatest Conservative Films.” The introduction explaining the rules and indexing all films included in the series can be found here. Liberty Island will feature cross-posts of select essays from the series with the aim of encouraging discussion at this cross-roads of cinematic art with political ideology. (Click here to see the original essay. Check out the previously cross-posted entries on Jackie Brown, Captain America: The First AvengerCaptain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil WarUnforgivenHail, Caesar!, Apocalypse Now, Fight Club, Man of Steel, and Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice ULTIMATE EDITION.) If you would like join this dialogue please contact us at submissions [@] libertyislandmag.com.

New Fiction: Free Gershwin!

A hilarious short story from the creator of the Bad Road Rising series

Sully was on a Boy Scout camping trip in New Hampshire the first time he heard Rhapsody in Blue. It was after lights out, although the boys continued to giggle and pass a rubber rat from bag to bag. As they dropped off one by one into sleep, music floated in the rustic window from a counselor’s cabin, faint, mysterious, and overwhelming. Sully poked himself with his Boy Scout knife to stay awake for fifteen minutes after the performance, so he could learn the name of the piece.

Sully’s mother swore she’d played Gershwin for him in her womb and that he was born singing but that’s a mother for you. Sully worshipped Gershwin above all others.

Beats, Said, and Quipped: Who’s Talking?

Part 10 In an Ongoing Series

Welcome to this series on how to write fiction from a conservative point of view. These posts can simply be read, or you are invited to join a guided writer’s workshop to practice and critique with other writers. To join the workshop, please email me, Jamie, at kywrite at gmail.com and request an invitation.

PreTeena: August 20 – August 26, 2018

Sunday Comics!

You won’t want to miss these hilarious cartoons depicting the ups and downs of adolescence. Now each week’s strips will debut on Sundays as the lead strip of Liberty Island’s Sunday Comics feature. If you draw a comic and would like to have your work featured on Sundays, please contact us: [email protected] Check out Allison Barrows’ new PreTeena blog here.

4 Photos From an Afternoon at Popham Beach, Phippsburg, Maine

*Submit your photographs of nature and the outdoor life to [email protected] to participate in this weekly feature exploring the natural world.*

Smart Aleck Appliances, Part 2

I received an ad promoting the potential 40% savings on my auto insurance if I agree to have dozens of variables about my driving recorded. They don’t tell you that your auto insurance rates could skyrocket, too, based on the same data. This information will be used to investigate accidents, and as often as not, it will be used against you. What I am fairly certain will occur is that the data will end up mined by business and government for their profit. If your insurer will already penalize you for hard stops and speeding, eventually governments will mine the same data and send you tickets for speeding even if it is weeks after the actual offense.

The Greatest Conservative Films: Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice ULTIMATE EDITION (2016)

Editor’s Note: In April of 2017 writer Eric M. Blake began a series at Western Free Press naming the “Greatest Conservative Films.” The introduction explaining the rules and indexing all films included in the series can be found here. Liberty Island will feature cross-posts of select essays from the series with the aim of encouraging discussion at this cross-roads of cinematic art with political ideology. (Click here to see the original essay. Check out the previously cross-posted entries on Jackie Brown, Captain America: The First AvengerCaptain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil WarUnforgivenHail, Caesar!, Apocalypse Now, Fight Club, and Man of Steel.) If you would like join this dialogue please contact us at submissions [@] libertyislandmag.com.

‘There are times when he seems to go into weird trances…’

‘… as if his mind isn’t even turned on even though his eyes are wide open. It’s almost like he’s not even there.’

Check out today’s excerpt from the concluding volume of Quin Hillyer’s Accidental Prophet trilogy, Mad Jones, Agonistes, and purchase your copy in paperback or ebook format through Amazon here. You can also purchase the series’ start, Mad Jones, Heretic here in paperback or at a discounted 99 cents in ebook; and Mad Jones, Hero here.

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