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Movie Review: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

liberty-valance-marvintThumbVinby Timothy Lane
This is a movie that works on several levels. For younger viewers, it can be a nice adventure movie (I certainly considered it a delightful movie when I was young, and once went to a Halloween party as [more or less] Liberty Valance More » • (1632 views)

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Random Thoughts

RandomThoughtsThumbby Brad Nelson
I saw a minivan on the highway this morning with two “Coexist” bumper stickers on it — one on the back and one on the Left side. I followed it for a while until I noticed the van veering slightly from side to side in the lane. More » • (1635 views)

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TV Review: Yes Minister

YesMinisterThumbby Brad Nelson
I’ve seen behind the scenes in government from time to time. Anyone who thinks that government “cares” for you and is looking out for your best interests ought to watch one of the best “reality” shows ever. More » • (1110 views)

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The Rational Case Against Same-sex Marriage

VoltaireThumbby Monsieur Voltaire
I must admit that it took me a while to develop a logical opinion on the issue of same-sex marriage (SSM). On one hand, I have nothing against gays or gayness—quite to the contrary, some of the mentors to whom I owe most intellectually were gay More » • (9954 views)

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Movie Review: Au Revoir Les Enfants

LesEnfantsThumbby Brad Nelson
Anti-Semitism is a cheerful, almost patriotic thing these days. We look back at the days of Hitler and chuckle that anyone could have been so stupid or beastly as to get involved in something like that. More » • (1082 views)

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Movie Review: The Squid and the Whale

SquidWhaleThumbby Brad Nelson
This is by no means a “family” film even though it stars the charming Jeff Daniels and the wonderful Laura Linney who I remember most recently as playing Abigail Adams in the recent John Adams miniseries. More » • (644 views)

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Political Twinkies

TwinkieThumbby Timothy Lane
Back in 1988, a friend of mine looked at some of the candidates that year in terms of that venerable snack (recently brought back from the dead by popular demand), the Twinkie. More » • (837 views)

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Movie Review: The Princess Bride

PrincessBridgeThumbby Brad Nelson
I once said that this was one of the top 500 movies of all time. Rather than this being a slight, remember that tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of movies have been made since the invention of motion pictures. More » • (1812 views)

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Movie Review: Brainstorm

BrainstormThumbby Brad Nelson
This is my favorite Christopher Walken movie as well as my favorite Natalie Wood movie. And it’s my second favorite Louise Fletcher movie, and you can no doubt guess the first. More » • (796 views)

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Movie Review: Death Race Las Vegas

VivaLasVegasThumbby Brad Nelson
Thang you very mush. Actually, the movie in question is Viva Las Vegas, but that’s not how the film ends. More about that grafted-on David Carradine/Sylvester Stallone ending later. More » • (1610 views)

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Movie Review: The Cowboys

JohnWayneTheCowboysThumbby Brad Nelson
I’ll tell ya, Westerns were made for Blu Ray. The hi-res picture really does much to show off those big vistas. And The Cowboys is no exception. More » • (804 views)

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Movie Review: Kings Go Forth (1958)

KingsGoForthThumbby Brad Nelson
Frank would. Natalie wouldn’t. And Tony was quite discourteous. Let me first say, is it just me or does Tony Curtis typically wear too much eye makeup in his movies? More » • (887 views)

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