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Incredibles 2: The Heroic Koch Brothers

 

Incredibles 2 is a blast. It’s more grown-up than its predecessor. Characters struggle with their own challenges, but all of our main characters emerge more lovable and their changes are fully positive. The plot is fun, the villain interesting, and the animation superb. There are car chases with impeccable attention to detail and consistency. The […]

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“Ant-Man And The Wasp” A Comedic Respite Amid Infinity War’s Grim Backdrop

 

Last week I had the chance to watch “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which is the 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The sequel to the 2015 “Ant-Man,” which grossed about $519.3 million worldwide, it again stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym as […]

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Broader Sociocultural Implications For Hollywood

 

The Marvel movies have captured much of the public mind in recent years, scoring tens of billions of dollars at the box office and entertaining a wide array of audiences. However except for the occasional break such as “Deadpool,” as well as their recent cliffhanger and dark turns, they’ve largely followed a “happily-ever-after…till the next […]

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The (Blue) Wave Goodbye

 

Perhaps it’s excusable that the legacy media peddled the nonstop narrative for most of this year holding that the Democrats would be rampaging through this year’s midterm elections. Most of the time, the party of a newly-elected president will take a beating in the first midterm cycle of his tenure in office, and with the […]

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In Search of Christopher Nolan

 

One of the cardinal errors of conservative political discourse is the recruitment of pop culture icons as what Marxists like to call “culture capital” for the conservative cause.  It is not uncommon to see attempts by conservatives to make a photogenic, well-toned modestly smiling member of the glitterati into one of “our guys” (or gals) whenever […]

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We Teenaged Coots in the ’60s

 

I turn 70 this week, so I’m a certified codger. But I was a “codger” as a teenager in the 1960s, along with millions of other conservative evangelicals dismayed at the “revolutionary” and “consciousness-raising” developments adored by the media. We were the ones who eschewed drugs, joined the Scouts, signed up for the military, went […]

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Found in Translation: Conservative Themes in ‘Viking Legacy’

 

If you’re reading this article, it’s due to the forbearance of Wlady Pleszczynski, who could easily have rejected it as plain shilling for a book of my own. But I’m the translator, not the author, of Viking Legacy, by Dr. Torgrim Titlestad. My subject is how I came to work on this project, and why […]

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Roth, et al.

 

AP story on Philip Roth’s passing on the internet: standard newswire, fine as such, touches the bases quickly, even if it goes way over the conventional 21-word-max lede. He was “prize-winning,” “fearless”; his novels looked at “sex death assimilation fate” with “comic madness”; in the end it was “heart failure.” Excellent, I hear someone saying […]

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Maybe America Should Ban Guns

 

Another week, another school shooting. This time the carnage was at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Next month, it might be in your local school. Whatever your opinion on guns is, we must all understand that the increase in school shootings is not normal for a modern democracy such as ours. For nearly 20 years, […]

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Poker Mania Descends on Vegas This Week

 

That time of year is nearly upon us when the masses (of the poker-playing variety) descend on Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. The cash games and smaller tournaments kick off at the Rio on Tuesday, while other events — such as the Deepstack Extravaganza at the Venetian — have already started. If […]

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