Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, Rated

Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, Rated

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May

2015

FIRST AMENDMENT (12/15/1791):  This one is generally very popular especially with loudmouths.  The only part that causes trouble is the part where we can't impede the free exercise of religion, because somehow those lunatic Muslims got their shit rubber-stamped as a religion instead of what it is:  a cra ...
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Four Colors to Infinity Special Edition: Convergence

Four Colors to Infinity Special Edition:  <i>Convergence</i>

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May

2015

I have been asked by a number of readers to explain the eighth and final issue of Convergence, the latest mega-event series by DC Comics.  Convergence is a huge, epic, multiverse-spanning saga that is intended to end the DC universe as we know it (again), usher in the birth of an entirely new and different DC universe (ag ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Ex Machina

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Ex Machina</i>

26

May

2015

Movies of ideas are so rare these days that you have to go out of your way to find them, and that can mean overcoming your own prejudices.  Mainstream films with ideas are rarer still, so I had to put my bias against CGI-loaded sci-fi blockbusters when I read about Alex Garland's directorial debut, Ex Machina.  It's a mo ...
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Four Colors to Infinity: Kung Fu Madness Edition

Four Colors to Infinity:  Kung Fu Madness Edition

23

May

2015

The beat goes on at my local comics shop, by which I mean the beating of my skull as I shell out scarce cash for this globulous piffle.  I keep telling myself if I can just get through the month of May, which future generations will refer to as 'The Great Water-Treading of 2015', I will be rewarded with a rebooted Marvel  ...
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IM Cinema: Fist of Legend

IM Cinema:  <i>Fist of Legend</i>

21

May

2015

On occasion, this site will present, for old media-impaired readers, an instant messaging transcript of a film newly arrived to Netflix.  Today, we feature Fist of Legend, the 1994 Jet Li re-imagining of Bruce Lee's classic Fist of Fury.***Chen Zhen:  boy it sure is nice to take a break from being the g ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Mad Max – Fury Road

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Mad Max – Fury Road</i>

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May

2015

When you have dedicated your life to becoming a professional, it isn't that hard to pick up an old skill, no matter how long it's been since you exercised it.  Much has been made of George Miller's advancing age (he's almost twice as old as a typical action film director, and probably four times as a typical action film vi ...
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Reading is Fundamentally Depressing

Reading is Fundamentally Depressing

19

May

2015

Hello!  Thank you for ordering the Harshstone Press 2015 catalog.The world of children's book publishing is a highly competitive arena, and with smart, literate parents demanding quality kid-lit at a higher rate than ever before, it's not easy to stand out.  Here at Harshstone, we let our work speak for itself; rather tha ...
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Four Colors to Infinity: Spackly-Smelling Women Edition

Four Colors to Infinity:  Spackly-Smelling Women Edition

15

May

2015

Have you ever noticed that comic stores are awful?  No?  Well, then you've never been in one, you lying shit.  Recently my experiences in these places that happiness goes to die, stink, and be wrapped in a mylar bag have been particularly dreadful, but I soldier on for you, the reader.  No matter how socially afflicted ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Paris, Texas

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Paris, Texas</i>

14

May

2015

It took Nixon to go to China, and it took a German to make the ultimate American road picture.Wim Wenders' career has had plenty of highs and lows, but his obsession with, and near mastery of, the road movie is impossible to dispute.  Many of his greatest movies, including his legendary trilogy of the mid-70s of Alice in ...
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Forever Blowing Ballgames: Eight Men Out

Forever Blowing Ballgames:  <i>Eight Men Out</i>

12

May

2015

When you ask people what they think was the greatest baseball movie ever made, you usually get one of three answers:  the charming, effusive Kevin Costner vehicle Bull Durham; the treacly, sentimental Kevin Costner vehicle Field of Dreams; or the moronic but enjoyable Major League, which at least has the advantage of no ...
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Hell Is For Children

Hell Is For Children

11

May

2015

FROM:  Flavros, Great Duke of HellTO:  Mammon, Prince of HellRE:  Children's WingHey, Manny --Sorry to interrupt you on your vacation.  I hear Florida is really nice this time of year; here's hoping you get a chance to stop in on Merihem at Wet 'n' Wild.  I don't want to take any time out of your and Debbie's schedule, ...
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Capitalism Divides, Mayday Unites

Capitalism Divides, Mayday Unites

1

May

2015

Every week brings a new division.As I write my annual May Day sermon, division is everywhere I look.  Following the death of another black man at the hands of the police, a number of Baltimore police officers have been indicted for his murder, causing division between those who think justice is never dispensed to the dispe ...
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