Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

20

Dec

2015

Hi, loyal readers!LP dot com will be taking the next week to celebrate Christmas with loved ones.  I hope you have a chance to do the same.If you celebrate Christmas in a religious way, may Baby Jesus smile on you and yours.If you celebrate it in a traditional way, here's warm feelings for you and your family and loved one ...
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Not Our Mother But Our Grave

Not Our Mother But Our Grave

18

Dec

2015

Justin Kurzel made his reputation with The Snowtown Murders, a shocking and eerie true-crime film from 2011.  Eschewing the usual gore and horror of most serial killer flicks, Snowtown focused on the plight of an abandoned community, whose poverty, isolation, and abandonment by legitimate authority made it easy prey for a ...
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In the Tank for Capitalism

In the Tank for Capitalism

17

Dec

2015

When it comes to the choice between bread and circuses, anyone who has seen me knows that I'll pick bread every time.  Bread is honest.  Bread isn't trying to convince you that it's anything other than bread.  Bread has no agenda.Reality shows, on the other hand, have an agenda, whether they know it or not.  The best of ...
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A History of American Scapegoatery

A History of American Scapegoatery

16

Dec

2015

Decade: the 1770sGreatest Threat: the EnglishNature of Threat: British sought to place us back under the thumb of their imperial ruleConsequences of Failure: we'd all be speaking English todayVictor: America!Decade: t ...
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Darkness Visible

Darkness Visible

15

Dec

2015

With new installments of both Star Wars and Star Trek on the way, it could not be more clear that nerd culture has had its revenge on cinema.  Rather than waiting to see either of them -- I don't really care to, since I've never been especially interested in either franchise -- I decided to revisit The Dark Knight.  S ...
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Ask the Defenders: Game On!

Ask the Defenders:   Game On!

14

Dec

2015

Years ago, my pal Calamity Jon Morris came up with an occasional series called Ask the Defenders, the conceit being that Marvel's infamous superhero 'non-team'  of the 1970s was actually an aggregation of dysfunctional, if highly entertaining, personalities who featured into a sort of workplace sitcom.  Jon and I encou ...
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Kringle the Kimmerian

Kringle the Kimmerian

13

Dec

2015

“HO HO HO! And what is your name, champ?”“Thulsa.”“And do you have a last name, Thulsa, so Santa can find your house from the mailbox?”“Doom.”“Well! Er, ho ho! That should be easy to remember! How many little boys named Doom can there be on your block?”“Just me and my cousin Vic.”“And what do you w ...
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Depeche Fascisme

Depeche Fascisme

10

Dec

2015

Hi, everybody!  Today we're going to talk about a certain presidential candidate, and that means we're going to have to use the f-word.  The candidate is Donald Trump, and the word, of course, is "fuckface".Ha ha!  Just kidding!  The word is "fascism", and the candidate is "all of them".Ever since Donald Trump, a spunk- ...
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Yule Be Sorry

Yule Be Sorry

8

Dec

2015

The film critic Gene Siskel once famously remarked that it's a pity how many movies are less interesting than sitting around having a conversation of the same length with the people who made it. This was, of course, meant to be a comment on the irony of the way an inferior product can make talented people seem boring, but c ...
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With Pleasure

With Pleasure

7

Dec

2015

Anyone who knows me, has read my writing, or has spent agonizing minutes in my company hearing me gas on and on about television knows that I think Mr. Show with Bob and David represents one of the high points in the history of TV comedy.  It was, and still is, one of the most audacious, complex, and mind-searingly funny ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Chi-Raq

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Chi-Raq</i>

6

Dec

2015

It must be exciting, being Spike Lee.  He started his career over 30 years ago, when you could count the number of prominent black filmmakers on one hand that had been mangled in a threshing mishap, and, in an era that was much more vocally racist than today, he frequently had to contend with difficulties in financing his ...
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Winter Wonder

Winter Wonder

5

Dec

2015

I recently moved back to Chicago after spending several years in less frigid climes.  The wonders of global warming will soon ensure that every city in America will have delightful West Texas-style weather well into February, but for now, this is still one of the coldest cities once winter hits.  As my job requires me to ...
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