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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 » • (1019 views)

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Book Review: History Buff’s Guide to Gettysburg, History Buff’s Guide to the Civil War

HistoryBuffThumbby Timothy Lane
These two books are by Thomas R. Flagel (the first is co-written by Ken Allers, Jr.). These reviews appeared in slightly different forms in issues 213 and 217 of my science fiction fanzine, FOSFAX. More » • (1792 views)

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Movie Review: Twelve O’Clock High

Twelve O'Clock High Thumb2by Brad Nelson
There are movies that are fine to watch for entertainment purposes and then there are movies that are also exquisite examples of film-as-art. Twelve O’Clock High is one such movie. More » • (1674 views)

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Movie Review: Bye Bye Birdie

ByeByeBirdieThumbby Brad Nelson
This is a movie I wondered if it was even worth bothering to review. There is such a large cultural divide between those who think movie “style” is slow-motion blood spurting out of a body cavity to a hip soundtrack and those for whom cool is personified in Bogie and Bacall. More » • (2117 views)

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Further Thoughts on MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

VoltaireThumbby Monsieur Voltaire
My article on MLK’s I have a dream speech has engendered some emotional responses. The issue is whether we should give great men a pass on their flaws and judge them solely on their intentions, or whether a critical look at their words and deeds is fair game. More » • (2340 views)

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Movie Review: The Wrestler

TheWrestlerThumbby Brad Nelson
I’ll be able to finish writing this review as soon as I find my right eyeball. It popped out the moment I saw Marisa Tomei buck-naked. I know it’s rolling around here someone. Hang on a second… More » • (818 views)

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Movie Review: Conquest of Space (1955)

ConquestofSpaceThumbby Brad Nelson
How far is too far? That is the tagline of this movie. The answer: “Oh, just a few hundred thousand miles beyond earth’s orbit…just far enough until General Merritt goes looney and starts spouting biblical doom-and-gloom prophesy.” More » • (2267 views)

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Movie Review: Breach

BreachThumbby Brad Nelson
I don’t know when my love affair with Chris Cooper started. It might have been his portrayal of July Johnson in the Lonesome Dove series. But I think it started with his portrayal of the stern father in the excellent (and relatively unknown) October Sky More » • (1106 views)

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Movie Review: Oasis (2002)

OasisThumbby Brad Nelson
Everyone’s a victim these days, so that’s a word that has lost a lot of emotional impact, at least for me. What we find ourselves doing in this culture is trying to ramp up our emotions and tears to match increasingly thinner notions of victimhood. More » • (964 views)

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A Foken Review: This is England

ThisIsEnglandThumbby Brad Nelson
This is England is small little film. But rather than damning it with faint praise, this describes a movie that is modest in scope (there are very few, if any, car crashes and camera shakes), and yet is genuine in content. More » • (890 views)

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Book Review: “Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking” by D. Q. McInerney

BeingLogicalThumbby Timothy Lane
Being Logical (Random House, 2004) by D. Q. McInerney, at the time a professor of logic and philosophy, is a general guide to logical reasoning and civil discourse. More » • (4811 views)

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Got MLK?

MLK thumbby Geoph2
Fifty years and still celebrating the day of the “Dream” speech? Come on. We don’t celebrate the “day that will live in infamy” speech. We don’t gather for the “ask not what your country can do for you” anniversary More » • (1246 views)

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