Category Archives: Movies

Movies: ‘The Descendants’

The Descendants begins by using a device which has, during the entirety of my movie-going career,   indicated to me roughly eighty percent of the time that the movie I’m about to watch is going to be bad. The device is … Continue reading

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Movies: ‘The Muppets’

I really really wanted to like The Muppets. Jim Henson’s crew of wise-cracking anthropomorphic puppets brings back a lot of nostalgia for me. I think I was a fan of the Muppets even before I understood English. There’s something about … Continue reading

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‘Capturing the Friedmans,’ and Unspeakable Crimes

Why does society consider child molestation the most heinous crime imaginable? We can all agree this is true, right? In my opinion, murder is still more heinous. I’ve never had anyone close to me commit murder or molest a child … Continue reading

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‘Moneyball’ and Good and Bad Sports Movies

 What’s the best sports movie? Probably Hoosiers, right? If not Hoosiers, then maybe it’s Bull Durham, or The Natural, or even Chariots of Fire. I like Hoosiers a lot. It probably is the best sports movie ever. But the actual … Continue reading

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Movie Review: ‘Contagion’

How do you make something a metaphor?  Or more precisely, a successful metaphor, rather than one which causes peoples’ eyeballs to roll up in derision? I thought Contagion—a thorough, stirring, but realistic look at what a catastrophic 21st-century viral epidemic … Continue reading

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Art and Work

Labor Day was officially recognized as a federal holiday in 1894, after the Pullman railroad workers’ strike.  President Grover Cleveland enacted the holiday into law as a gesture of reconciliation with the labor movement. Critics always complain that movies, television, … Continue reading

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Movies: ‘The Help’

Why does the white person always get so much attention? The question lurks in the back the mind, for some of us liberal-minded people, when we sit down to watch a movie like The Help, or 1989’s Glory. It bothers … Continue reading

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