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Movie Review: Radio Days

RadioDaysThumbby Brad Nelson
Here’s another movie on my “You must see this before you die” list. There’s just so much junk in our culture, especially now. So why not look back at a movie itself that falls in love with looking back? More » • (791 views)

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Movie Review: The Best Years of Our Lives

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When Dana Andrews is in a movie, that’s always a danger signal for me. His acting usually struck me as plastic and stilted. His monotone voice typically matched his monotone performances. And he sure found his way into a lot of cheesy films. Well, that prejudice has now been shattered. More » • (882 views)

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Hypocrisy at the Top

ObamaFingerThumbby J.K.
Here’s a partial list of those exempted from Obamacare: Barack Obama and his family, Congress and their families, the Justice Dept. and their families, the Supreme Court and their families, the Federal judges and their families, and over 1200 corporations and unions. Guess who is not exempted. That’s right. YOU. More » • (1204 views)

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Conservatives or “Right Wing Populists”?

NoRINOsThumbby Lady Krystyna
Katrina Trinko posted at The Corner at NRO early this week (August 5, 2013) regarding the minimum wage and a “living wage.” Ms. Trinko is a perfect example of the problem with people who claim they are conservative, whether they are just citizens or politicians. More » • (1788 views)

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Movie Review: The Station Agent

TheStationAgentThumbby Brad Nelson
This is a little quiet film. It’s as much meditation as movie. It’s a koan on the act of being and the human need to make connections. It’s a freak show, but the movie lets us know that we’re all freaks and that it’s okay. More » • (722 views)

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The Republican Hispanic Immigration Mirage

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The House Republican leadership has let it be known that it will take up the question of immigration reform later this year. House Republicans know the 1000+ page Senate bill 744 is very unpopular, so they are planning to bring several smaller bills to a vote. More » • (1303 views)

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Movie Review: Captain Blood (1935)

CaptainBloodThumbby Brad Nelson
These older movies are often difficult to review. Partly this is because the styles have changed so much since the 30’s and 40’s. But it’s certainly not because they are in black and white. Many of these old movies are beautifully photographed (think “Raging Bull” as an example of a modern masterpiece in black-and-white). It’s surprising just how rich black-and-white can be. But rating these old films can be difficult because it’s hard to separate the corn from the cream. More » • (1116 views)

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Reconquering the Discourse–Part 1: The Battleground of Ideas

VoltaireThumbby Monsieur Voltaire
In the last half-century, we Conservatives have let ourselves become the “other” in our own culture. Controversial, outmoded, extreme, Neanderthal, medieval: these are the qualifiers we hear constantly associated with our views–in news, entertainment, social media, the classroom and even conversation among peers. More » • (2220 views)

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Review: Double Indemnity (1944)

DoubleIndemnityThumbby Brad Nelson
I love old black-and-white movies, especially the genre of film noir. Many yutes dismiss out of hand any movie that is not in color, but I love the look and feel of them. They just don’t make them like this anymore. And “Double Indemnity” is one of the  greats of film noir. More » • (870 views)

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Movie Review: The Lost Weekend

LostWeekendThumbby Brad Nelson
I suppose I should be having a couple of Buds while watching Ray Milland get plastered. But alcoholism is no laughing matter…except, of course, when it is. The comic drunk remains a staple of stage and screen. But “The Lost Weekend” isn’t one of those comical portrayals. It’s a tragic one. More » • (903 views)

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Movie Review: City of God

CityOfGodThumbby Brad Nelson
This movie is based upon a true story. First, a little Avatarcasm (I still can’t get that stupid movie out of my head but it makes for a fine foil for my morality tales)…

It can be a beautiful thing when children murder other children, especially when they are all “people of color” living an Avatar-like life in tribal naturalness. That yucky thing called “Western Civilization” is so oppressive and exploitative. More » • (874 views)

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