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January 16th, 2018

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Now on Netflix: Saving Capitalism:**1/2

The year was 1993. President Clinton nominated his old college pal Robert Reich as Labor Secretary. Mr. Reich wasn’t just another juiced-in Friend of Bill with big pockets. Reich was a man of character and vision. He still is. Secretary Reich understood the relationship between the government and the economy more clearly than his contemporaries. At...

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Max’s Views: Downsizing: *1/2

Around 1900, progressive dreamers wrote a series of Utopian novels, sharing their vision of a perfect Socialist future. One thing that they all had in common is communal living. In the perfect future, they assumed, people would live together in large apartment complexes. Communal living is just rudimentary common sense. It saves lumber, brick, and...

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi: **** 2015’s “Episode VII: The Force Awakens” was a horrible movie. To me, it was easily the worst Star Wars installment to date. I’ve watched all the other episodes dozens of times. I tried watching “The Force Awakens” a second time at home and I turned it off after fif-teen boring minutes. When Disney bought...

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Netflix Pick: The Hateful Eight: ***1/2 Some people interpret “Thou shalt not bear false witness” to mean that God prohibits lying completely. I’m not so sure. I think that it makes more sense that the 8th Commandment is intended to condemn those who have sworn to tell the truth in a specific circumstance and then lie. Perjury=breaking a commandmen...

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Max’s Views: Netflix Original Documentary, Cuba and the Cameraman: ***1/2

In the 20th Century, leftists around the world were rooting for Revolutionary Cuba. Cuba was the best chance of having a classless, Socialist Utopia in the Western Hemisphere. If Cubans could succeed while thumbing their noses at the decadent Americans at the same time, all the better. Cuba became a political Rorschach Test. Conservative critics po...

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Max’s View: Netflix Original, Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond: ****

When I watch something where an actor is playing an insane character, I wonder to myself: is the actor truly crazy? Did he start off sane and lose his mind for the role? The craziest TV character I can think of is Claire Danes’s Carrie Mathison in “Homeland.” When she’s not completely devoted to her dangerous job, she goes home and becomes an immed...

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Max’s Views: Kedi (Cat):***

Everybody knows about the love that parents have for their children. Everybody knows about the loyalty that dogs and their owners have for each other. America’s love affair with our cats is less well-known. That is because cats are mostly hidden behind closed-doors. You only see a cat-lovers’ beloved baby if you go into her house. And, even if you...

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Max’s Views: Sour Grapes: ***1/2

Most people agree that wealth inequality is a serious problem. The large and growing wealth gap isn’t just unfair, it is a danger to the stability of our regime. Politicians like Elizabeth Warren and especially Bernie Sanders are popular, above all, because they are seen as advocates for the people against the rapacious rich. The problem is that po...

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1945: The Savage Peace: ***

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” -Jesus, about the people killing him The way we treated the Japanese during World War II is unfathomably heartless. We all apparently agreed that it would be great if every Japanese person was shot, burned, or blown up. Yes, a few hundred Japanese soldiers attacked Pearl Harbor. But Pearl Harb...

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Max’s Views: Suburbicon: 1/2*

Once upon a time, George Clooney was great director. Three out of his first four films were outstanding. (“Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “Good Night and Good Luck,” and “Ides of March”). those days are gone. Clooney’s latest bomb, “Suburbicon,” is terrible. Epically terrible. It’s the kind of film that only a great star filmmaker can make. If a...

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