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Trump’s World View Hits Elites Over the Head with Reagan

By |April 28th, 2016|

But Trump is also trying to broaden his electoral support, and some analysts said that the views of elites matter less than the populist sound bites about U.S. military and economic strength repeated on cable television Wednesday afternoon and evening. [Politico]

THE REPUBLICAN neoconservative bandleader, Senator Lindsey Graham, opined after Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech […]

‘Game of Thrones’ Powerful Melisandre Reveal *SPOILER ALERT*

By |April 26th, 2016|

EVERYONE seemed to be suckered into thinking something big was going to happen with the character John Snow. The big reveal from the first episode of the sixth season of Game of Thrones was even better than the anticipation of it.

The revelation of Melisandre’s age and the obvious need she had to protect the […]

Historic Panama Papers Whistleblower Exposes ‘Legal’ Corruption *Updated*

By |April 4th, 2016|

“This is pretty much every document from this firm over a 40-year period,” ICIJ director Gerard Ryle told WIRED in a phone call, arguing that at “about 2,000 times larger than the WikiLeaks state department cables,” it’s indeed the biggest leak in history. – Andy Greenberg [Wired]

AN ANONYMOUS WHISTLEBLOWER responsible for the Panama Papers, […]

Chris Rock’s “Whitewashed” Oscar Night

By |February 28th, 2016|

To my mind the biggest oversight in this year’s nominations was the lack of broader support for Ryan Coogler’s “Creed,” which managed to nab only a single nod, for supporting actor. The film was both respectful of the history of the characters and story it took over, while also newly energized and forward-looking. – […]

Cruz Gets Weird, and Other Video Delights

By |February 12th, 2016|

Amy Lindsay has appeared in films such as Erotic Confessions, Carnal Wishes, Secrets of a Chambermaid, and Insatiable Desires. “Had the campaign known of her full filmography, we obviously would not have let her appear in the ad,” a Cruz campaign spokesman told BuzzFeed News. [BuzzFeed]

THE NEWS of Ted Cruz casting a porn actress […]

Michael Bay’s ’13 Hours’ Reveals Catastrophe & Confusion of Benghazi Attack

By |January 27th, 2016|

… Really, it’s best to let “13 Hours” come at you like a piece of hyperkinetic abstract art, drenched in diesel, blood and testosterone. Beebe, doing his most striking handheld work since Michael Mann’s “Collateral” and “Miami Vice,” captures images of staggering brutality, but there’s an eerie seductiveness to his palette as well… – […]

Sean Penn Interviews & Ensnares El Chapo, Journalism Questioned *Updated*

By |January 10th, 2016|

A Mexican law enforcement official says recaptured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s secret interview with actor Sean Penn helped authorities locate his whereabouts. [Associated Press]

IN A MOST improbable tale, Sean Penn’s adventures in the dangerous underground of Mexico’s drug cartels was spurred on by Mexican film and TV star Kate del Castillo. […]

Tarantino’s Daisy Domergue as Bad as the Boys

By |December 28th, 2015|

THE INSTANT the film was over I mused to my husband that criticism of Quentin Tarantino’s Daisy Domergue, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, is as predictable as it is misguided. I’m sensing that our cultural commentators, on the whole, aren’t quite up to honestly assessing and accepting a female character who’s written to […]

‘Star Wars’ — It Must Be Christmastime

By |December 18th, 2015|

In addition to “Flesh and Bone,” Starz grabbed two nominations for drama “Outlander,” including a berth in the drama series race, and a nom for Patrick Stewart in the comedy “Blunt Talk.” [Variety]

NOT A LOT of people wrote about it or likely cared that one particular mention when the Golden Globes were announced, complete […]

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq Illuminates U.S. Gun Culture

By |December 10th, 2015|

Here’s Spike Lee at his ballsiest. […] Too much? You bet. Spike doesn’t know when to quit, which I think is part of his gift. He’s in the pulpit from Minute One when we hear Cannon rap “Pray 4 My City” as the screen flashes the words: “THIS IS AN EMERGENCY.” Chicago mayor Rahm […]