Author Archives: Steve Lancaster


Movie Review: The Wind and the Lion

by Steve Lancaster11/19/17
This is one of the most romantic movies of the 20th century. There is no sex, nudity, or obscene language, although there is a fair amount of violence. The movie released in 1975 is one of the last filmed in Spain before the death of Franco and therefore had the active involvement of the Spanish government in providing extras More » • (88 views)

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Myth of the West

by Steve Lancaster10/26/17
In 1893 Fredrick Jackson Turner stated in his paper “The Significance of the Frontier in American History”, that not only was the finite frontier closed but Americans might need to find a replacement. Since then, historians, authors of both fiction and non-fiction, playwrights, musicians and movie makers have sought to enlarge and explain the mythos of the American west. More » • (204 views)

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It Didn’t End With Mahler

by Steve Lancaster10/12/17
Gustav Mahler, 1860-1911, was the last of traditional composers of the 19th century. His First symphony, composed in 1887/88 is a capstone to the late romantic period of classical music with numerous themes, some of which also appear in Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth). More » • (423 views)

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TV Series Review: The Wire

by Steve Lancaster9/18/17
The Wire is a five-season crime drama from HBO. It is available on Amazon Prime. The series is 60 episodes and the first thing I recommend is that you think of each season as an extremely long movie. Each season has a general theme that reappears in the next season most often as a side note to some other investigation. More » • (261 views)

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Movie Review: The Founder

by Steve Lancaster8/31/17
I have avoided watching this movie for several years, but as it is available on Netflix I thought it might be worth some time. The movie claims to be the story of how Ray Kroc, an obscure salesman from the Midwest, became the biggest name in the restaurant business. More » • (525 views)

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TV Series Review: True Detective

by Steve Lancaster8/26/17
True Detective is available on Amazon or as part of your HBO subscription.  •  True Detective should be much better than it is. I had previously avoided watching this 2-season series. In part, because I dislike Woody Harrelson as an actor. I find him one-dimensional and stiff. More » • (300 views)

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Movie Reviews: Max Manus / Occupied

by Steve Lancaster8/5/17
Max Manus: Man of War  •  Two reviews, both are Norwegian, subtitled, and available on Netflix. Don’t let the subtitles keep you from these two. Max Manus is a real historical hero of the Norwegian resistance during WW II. Max volunteers to assist the Finns to repulse the Soviet invasion in November of 1939. More » • (8125 views)

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Dangerous

by Steve Lancaster7/23/17
Milo Yiannopoulos  •  I guess just about everyone has heard about Milo. The drama, the riots, the cries of outrage not only from the crazed left, but also the crazed right. It seems there is almost no one he hasn’t pissed off to some degree. However, aside from Britebart readers and a growing following of conservatives and libertarians, not many people know exactly what it is that makes the humble man so volatile and dangerous. More » • (495 views)

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Twenty-First Century History

by Steve Lancaster6/25/17
When did history begin? For some Christian Evangelicals, history began with creation some 5000 years ago. For some historians,’ it began with Herodotus in the 5th century BCE. Then, archeologists might contend, history began with the Neolithic cultures that developed along the Tigris and Euphrates river valleys More » • (353 views)

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TV Series Review: Westworld (HBO)

by Steve Lancaster6/13/17
Asimov’s three rules of robotics: 1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.  •  2) A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.  •  3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. More » • (560 views)

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Movie Review: Sicario

by Steve Lancaster5/19/17
In Mexico Sicario means hitman  •  This 2015 production could be one of the most worrisome movies of recent times. There is no date for the movie except that Juarez is in the middle of a cartel war. More » • (377 views)

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TV Series Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy

by Steve Lancaster4/16/17
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson  •  You may be familiar with the 2011 movie starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. The movie was adequate but not engrossing. More » • (1192 views)

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