The Big Short Stands Tall on Explanations, but Gives No Solution

Recognizing that it’s only January, I can already say with some degree of confidence that The Big Short is the best movie that’s going to be released this year. As a movie, it succeeds on every level. The acting, directing, editing, cinematography, music, pacing, and script are all superb. The movie has an eclectic range of emotional and genre modes as well. Sometimes hilarious, other times tear-jerking, always compelling. But it’s the content and delivery of The Big Short that surprised Read more […]

Why I Gave Up on Finding a Political Solution to Our Obvious Political Problems

In our day, most everyone recognizes our nation has huge problems: inflation, unemployment, poverty, hunger, homelessness, racial tension, fatherlessness, violence, corruption, terrorism, police brutality, government spying, debt, illegal immigration, rising cost of living, and massive loss of rights, just to name a few. Many of these politically important problems are rooted in culture. We have a culture of laziness and entitlement. Of greed and covetousness. Of fear and ignorance. Of complacency Read more […]

Tomorrowland: It’s Not Personal … It’s Just Programming

Tomorrowland is certainly different from pretty much any summer blockbuster ever. It has action, explosions, adventure, suspense, and all the other things you would expect. But it also has a defined, at times even heavy-handed, moral riptide. I use moral somewhat loosely, however. This is the Disney version of faith, hope, and love. And it has almost nothing at all to do with religion, narrowly defined. Strangely enough, in a movie this preachy, there isn’t even a single mention of Christians. Read more […]

Why Do We Love Superhero Stories So Much?

If the box office and television are any indicator, America is obsessed with superheroes. Nearly every new batch of movies has at least one superhero movie, and superhero television shows seem to roll out every week. Judging from how much money these movies and shows generate, superheroes are our generation’s favorite thing. But why? According to some commentators, superheroes are to us what the gods were to the Greeks: emblems of our values in packages flawed enough to afford relatability. Read more […]

Huxley vs. Orwell: Whose Dystopian Prophecy was Closer to the Truth?

In 1949, George Orwell’s publishers sent his old French teacher, Aldous Huxley, a copy of Orwell’s new book, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Then Huxley sent Orwell a letter, both congratulating him for his fine work and gently criticizing his vision of the future: Within the next generation I believe that the world’s rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely Read more […]

“Blurred Lines” Producers to Pay Marvin Gaye Estate $7 Million for Infringement

In a landmark decision on copyright infringement, a court has decided that Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams did in fact unlawfully borrow crucial elements from the 1977 Marvin Gaye song “Got to Give it Up” for “Blurred Lines”—the top-selling song in 2013. Williams and Thicke are now required to pay the Marvin Gaye estate $7 million dollars. The songs really are absurdly similar. Hear for yourself. It’s an interesting development. When you consider that the creative gene pool for pop Read more […]

Hitler Collectibles So Hot Right Now

A painting by a certain “A. Hitler” just sold at auction for $35,235. That was more than three times the price fetched at the same auction for a drawing by Pablo Picasso: It sold for more than three times the $9,500 winning bid for an original Picasso sketch, a whimsical signed drawing in red crayon on the cover of [a] catalog of his works printed in 1931. In his auction catalog, [Alexander Historical Auctions President Bill Panagopulos] described the painting: “Hitler took great liberties Read more […]

Is Heaven Tourism Just a Bunch of Malarkey?

The newest mark against so-called heaven tourism may cast doubt on the dubious belief that any mere human has come back from heaven following a near-death experience, but it certainly provides evidence that there is a God. Because who but God could have worked it out that the young man who at first claimed to go to and return from heaven and now has come forward to debunk his own story should be named, of all things, Malarkey. If I were to write this scenario into a novel, people would call me heavy-handed. Yes, Read more […]

How Movie Makers can Get Better Cinema Revenues in 2015

The data are in, and it looks like cinema revenues are continuing to decline: Despite a fantastic Christmas at the box office, 81 million people didn’t buy movie tickets this year. Not only were this year’s domestic admissions of 1.259 billion off 6% from 2013’s 1.34B, but the number of tickets sold hit their lowest level since 1995 when 1.211B people went to the cinema. Some of the stats here are interesting. The number of people contributing to cinema revenues also tanked. Meaning even Read more […]

Why are Vinyl Records Making a Comeback?

Vinyl records sales have reached an 18-year high, with many new releases coming out on vinyl as well as compact disc and digital downloads. Of interest is the fact that, whereas the CD seems to be fading in popularity, vinyl continues to surge: According to data from Nielsen SoundScan, in 2007 CDs accounted for 90 percent of album sales in the United States, with digital accounting for the other 10 percent. Just two years later, that number had shifted to 79 percent CDs and 20 percent digital, with Read more […]

Outraged Atheists Demand Removal of Praying Kids Painting from School Office

Outraged Atheists are all too common. They always getting their panties in a bunch over the stupidest things, like a painting in an Oklahoma middle school depicting two little kids with their hands together in prayer with an American flag backdrop. The painting has apparently been hanging on the school office wall for 18 years, and no one until now has complained about it. And yes, it’s the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Here’s The Blaze: The poster, based on a painting titled “Faith Read more […]

Movie “After Tiller” Paints Late-Term Abortionists as Heroes

“Where’s the compromise between life and death – and why work to reduce the number of them occurring if there’s nothing wrong with them?” – Rush Limbaugh The moral posturing on the left regarding abortion has always been sickening, but there are times when their behavior crosses a line. A trailer has come out online for the PBS movie After Tiller, a documentary about the murder of late-term abortion doctor, George Tiller. The trailer plays out like a sermon on the evils of the pro-life movement. Read more […]