The Cusstomer is Always Right

The Cusstomer is Always Right

30

Sep

2015

Ever since the Hays Code took a fatal nosedive in the 1960s, movies have been cursing like there's no tomorrow.  At one point, movies, no matter how much they sublimated their sex and forefronted their violence, were as sanitary as a dentist's tools.  Sometimes this resulted in some finely suggestive dialogue; much of the ...
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The Wolves Came, Whispering

The Wolves Came, Whispering

28

Sep

2015

Fargo was such a singular movie, such a unique and multilayered take on the typical heist-gone-wrong film, that it was almost unthinkable that it could be remade, rebooted, adapted or made sequel in anything like a satisfying manner.  That someone actually managed to do so almost twenty years later -- managed, in fact, to ...
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Whose Loot is It, Anyway?

Whose Loot is It, Anyway?

26

Sep

2015

As campaign season rolls on, we are being treated to the usual colorful fall display of Republicans showing off their economic policies.  Well, it's actually not all that colorful; in fact, it's downright monochromatic.  The G.O.P. doesn't like to talk about economic policy very much, because they don't really have one, b ...
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Difficult Program

Difficult Program

25

Sep

2015

The problem with the comedy of humiliation...No, no, let's start again. That seems dated.  Ever since Seinfeld creator Larry David unleashed his...No, that's predictable.  Everybody's gone there already.  Might as well be doing riffs on the American Office.  Let's try one more time.When you're making a comedy about ex ...
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Born Angland

Born Angland

23

Sep

2015

Paul Kingsnorth is the co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project, a collective of artists and intellectuals who believe that mankind has irretrievably poisoned the environment.  They are producing writing, art, and thought informed by the idea that we are living in the last days of human dominance; their ideas are alarming, ...
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Takes Coordination

Takes Coordination

22

Sep

2015

For many first-time visitors to the United States, an understanding of its culture can be hard to come by.  Despite the American entertainment industry's never-flagging efforts to export the nation's finest bullet- and fart-joke-imbued movies and television programs to far-flung parts of the globe, many foreign tourists ha ...
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What Is It Good For?

What Is It Good For?

21

Sep

2015

Today is the United Nations' International Day of Peace.You would be forgiven if you think this is another fake celebration of high ideals cooked up by public relations interns, and, in truth, a lot of it is.  Hashtag marketing, pointless celebrity endorsements, feel-good concerts and media events, and related nonsense to ...
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Mass Debaters

Mass Debaters

17

Sep

2015

Well, that was edifying, wasn't it?  Last night, CNN gathered a bunch of rich assholes together to pretend that Barack Obama is Stalin reincarnated and to explain in vague terms about how they would restore America to its vanished glory by taking medical care away from women and poor people and declaring war on someone.   ...
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Meet the New Rules

Meet the New Rules

16

Sep

2015

We must all of us, always, strive to have sympathy for our fellow man.  If all were judged equal, who should 'scape whipping, and so on; it is the part of the righteous to understand that there but for the grace of God go we, and to hold no one to the fire for sins of which we are equally guilty.That said, I'm pretty sure ...
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