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Liberalism and the Forgotten Man

ForgottenManThumbby Timothy Lane
Amity Schlaes wrote an interesting history of the New Deal that includes such heartwarming tidbits as a Russian woman who, when challenged by Paul Douglas (visiting her Russian factory in 1927) about Soviet kangaroo courts, More » • (873 views)

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Movie Review: A Place in the Sun

PlaceInTheSunThumbby Brad Nelson
Occasionally a movie goes beyond mere entertainment and achieves artistry. A Place in the Sun is one of these movies. More » • (900 views)

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Movie Review: Equus

BurtonThumbby Brad Nelson
This has one of the most notable openings to a movie that I have  seen. Burton’s opening monologue is intelligent, while probing and imaginative. And it’s delivered superbly. This is Burton at his best. And this is high-brow drama at its best. More » • (1087 views)

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Movie Review: Departures (Okuribito)

Departures Theatrical 25% ph6.inddby Brad Nelson
If the Richter scale is the measurement of the severity of earthquakes, then the Bourne scale is the measurement of camera shakes and baseless freneticism in movies. More » • (895 views)

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Stubborn Things Pub Chat–Should We Go to War With Assad?

VoltaireThumbby Monsieur Voltaire
What do my friends/co-authors on ST think about this issue? I am against it, because 1) we’ve seen how Egypt and Libya went, 2) it’s not in our National interest, 3) it’s (I suspect) a wag-the-dog operation to get more of O’s domestic agenda passed. More » • (1641 views)

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Movie Review: Shenandoah

ShenandoahThumbby Brad Nelson
Combine Jimmy Stewart with the old west (or Old South, in this case) and you just can’t go wrong. It’s tough to screw it up. But it shore looked that’s what they were doin’, pa, after watching about the first 15 minutes of this. More » • (1549 views)

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Movie Review: Waydowntown

WaydowntownThumbby Brad Nelson
Finally, a movie about hopelessness and despair that is a pleasure to watch. It had been a dry spell for a while there. Many recent gloom movies I had rented promised a good dose of witty and entertaining malaise but were far too pointless to be pointless. More » • (660 views)

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Movie Review: Sherlock Holmes (2009)

HolmesThumbby Brad Nelson
First off, it’s a crime that this movie lost out to Avatar in terms of art direction. Avatar is a “Barney” film compared to Sherlock Holmes whose best aspect is probably the immersion of the viewer into the Victorian era. More » • (1453 views)

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Movie Review: Såsom i en spegel (“Through a Glass Darkly,” a film by Swedish director Ethel Merman)

MaxThumbby Brad Nelson
It’s a mad mad mad mad schizophrenic world in this 1961 film about a woman dealing with the early stages of that illness. [No, not Ethel Merman, Ingmar Bergman.] More » • (765 views)

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Movie Review: Shichinin No Samurai (The Seven Samurai)

SevenSamuraiThumb2by Brad Nelson
Where to begin? Rarely does a movie impress me and delight me at the same time. More » • (1633 views)

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Thanks For Smoking

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Some years ago, while residing in Singapore, my wife and I lived in a renovated townhouse which had been built in colonial times. The homes had no private parking so I parked my car in a public parking lot about a 30 second walk from my front door. More » • (1047 views)

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Movie Review: Teen Beach Movie

TeenBeachMovieThumbby Geoph2
With the long holiday weekend approaching, it was obvious more than a fair amount of television would be viewed at our house. So I began to search the satellite guide for movies we could watch that would save me the embarrassment of trying to play the “X-Station” games with my boys. More » • (1014 views)

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