Posted by Ken Burke On December - 24 - 2014 0 Comment



There’s an odd congruency between two new offerings at your local theaters, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and The Imitation Game, with the first being pure fantasy and the finale of Peter Jackson’s latest Middle-earth trilogy while the second is based on the true story of Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician, cryptographer, and computer scientist actively responsible for deciphering the Nazis’ “unbreakable” Enigma codes, helping the Allies end World War II (sadly, after the war Turing’s own life came to an early end when he committed suicide as the result of being convicted of the “crime” of being gay).  Both of these address the larger horrors of warfare and the personal crises that leaders in war times often face, making their individual lives a living hell, whether as a Dwarf king trying to protect an ancient heritage but causing bitter strife in the process or a dedicated citizen doing all he can for the betterment of his country yet having to constantly hide the truth of his sexual orientation from everyone around him.

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