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Logan: The War Without and Within

 

SPOILERS AHEAD: Hugh Jackman defines the X-men comic character Wolverine. With the movie “Logan” the Jackman-Wolverine era is over. Logan follows an aging Wolverine on a resentful quest to save a girl he doesn’t want with a Professor X hobbled by seizures and infirmity. The movie is, in one word, violent. Needlessly so. For the […]

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‘High Noon’ at 65: Conservative Courage Behind the Scenes

 

High Noon (1952), now celebrating its 65th anniversary, was produced during the high tide of McCarthyism and the Korean War, and has been deemed a courageous allegory about the dangers of McCarthyism. But behind the scenes, the participants were anything but courageous, save for the lone conservative involved. The plot bears out an anti-McCarthy subtext. A […]

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‘The Flash’ Offers Hollywood ‘Another Way’

 

One of the best TV’s shows out there right now is DC Comics’s The Flash on The CW. Filled with fun characters who have a grounding in the sense of what justice is, the series provides the adventure of other CW superhero shows without the darkness of Arrow or the painfully obvious leftist messages of Supergirl. […]

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This Week in Liberalism

 

Every week, I find myself learning new things. For instance, this week I learned that wearing white represents the color of women’s suffrage. Who knew? I thought they might be headed to their local Kabbalah center after the address, or maybe a local interactive Jim Jones musical. Obviously, I would have much preferred the latter. […]

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Shall We Maltz? Art as a Weapon in Hollywood

 

More than seven decades ago, writer Albert Maltz predicted Moonlight’s “best picture” win at the Oscars. For that matter, he also predicted past victories by Spotlight, 12 Years a Slave, and American Beauty. “If a work, however thin or inept as a piece of literary fabric, expresses ideas that seem to fit the correct political […]

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President Oprah?

 

Oprah Winfrey, the media maven and Hillary supporter had an “ah ha” moment: She might run for president. Trump convinced her that she might be able to do it. She said, “I used to think that I might not have enough experience, now I’m thinking, oh, OH.” Hmm… Joking aside, Trump’s presidency may open paths […]

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Sarah Silverman & Motherhood

 

When women reach a certain age and achieve modest success after sacrificing time, money, and their lives to questionable ends, they start to wonder whether they made the right choices. The body sags, the gigs dry up, the “success” is emptier than once thought. Sarah Silverman is one of these women. A few months back, […]

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The Oscars Fiasco

 

Monday morning It’s almost noon and I’m still laughing. If Saturday Night Live had skits this funny its viewership ratings wouldn’t be so low. It was Bonnie and Clyde redux, this time as comedy. Of course readers know the reason for my Monday morning mirth. It’s the La La/Moonlight screw-up and masa-cree at Sunday night’s […]

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Best Oscars Ever

 

Just in case your faith has been shaky lately, God came through at the Oscars last night. In what has to be the most mortifying and hilarious endings on an award show, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the wrong movie for Best Picture, La La Land (which was okay, but not great). So the […]

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Paul Nails It

 

I’ve not blocked out eight hours to watch the Academy Awards tonight. (“The nominations for best assistant lighting director in a documentary are…”) And I’ll start taking condescending lectures on immigration from Hollywood humbugs seriously as soon as the glitterati move Syrian refugee families into their servants’ quarters and start having them over for dinner. […]

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