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Joss Whedon’s The Dollhouse: some thoughts

I just finished watching the two-season television series The Dollhouse, which has left me with a lot of thoughts. The basic premise of the show is that a technology is developed that can scan your brain, take up all of … Continue reading

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The Hotty Mystique: sex and housework

This is great. Koontz describes “The Hotty Mystique” as the social demands on women to be as successful as they want to be – as long as they are sexually available and conform to high standards of erotic attraction. Be … Continue reading

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What can cultural criticism do? A reading of Rambo and Die Hards 1&4

Some of my friends and family wonder what exactly a critic does. Here are a few ideas and some explanations. For this post, I chose some common movies that everyone has perhaps seen, to serve as example of some of … Continue reading

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What was King’s dream?

Today there are two roads we can take as we recognize, by mandate of the federal government, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. But we should really ask ourselves: what was his Dream, and how do his words address today’s … Continue reading

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The dry land: a trailer, promising a film to think about hard things

The Dry Land (see trailer here) This movie looks stellar. Spellbinding, politically provocative, poignant, well-cast, and beautifully shot. In fact, it looks like one of those dramas that helps you see how life really is. The mother’s character, her look, … Continue reading

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Review of Toy Story 3

In sum, this is a film produced by the decadent society that has so much “stuff” it makes movies about how their surplus things feel when they’re gotten rid of. Only an American society could produce this film. The kind … Continue reading

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Speaking of George Armstrong Custer…

He wins the award this week for most over-rated American icon, according to this week’s book review of The Last Stand, by Nathaniel Philbrick: He was a gambler, a probable adulterer, a braggart, a petulant boss and an impulsive blabbermouth. … Continue reading

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My shocked reactions to watching 24 for the first time:

These conclusions are from watching three episodes, the one from season two and two from season one. One. It thinks for us, it delivers prepackaged ideas, rather than a complex reality to¬† think over and draw our own conclusoins conclusions … Continue reading

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Two movies highly recommended

Z (Costa Gavras) This is the story behind Greece when it was at a major turning point in the 60s: democracy or totalitarianism. The film is in French, the acting is excellent, the cinematography is at once classic and playful, … Continue reading

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Lil Wayne video: race, riot, class frustration

Lil Wayne’s Drop the World (full video here, MTV censored version here) features scenes of street rage by the socially marginalized. It does not offer a very deep critique of social repression, but the latter is shown as the origins … Continue reading

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A bout de souffle

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