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November 14th, 2018

Max’s View

The Show that I am Currently Binge-Watching: Vikings

When I was a teenager, I took a bus to New York City by myself. My most vivid memory was being confronted by a mentally ill homeless person. He stated passionately that the government is out to get him and that the President is destroying the country and is personally responsible for his homeless predicament. Everybody talks about the leaders of ou...

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Now Playing at the Savoy Theater: BlacKkKlansman:**

Once upon a time, Capital One pitchman and big time Knicks fan Spike Lee was a serious filmmaker. At the height of artistic prowess (1992), Lee released an important cinematic classic: “Malcolm X.” Spike Lee presents Malcolm X as an articulate, visionary, hateful philosopher. In X’s version of history, the black race was the first and intrinsically...

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Death of A Nation

(For Rightist Viewers:) *** (For Leftist Viewers:) Negative 117 stars This is a sad time for polite public discourse. But there is a happy silver lining: Fake News has been added to the national vocabulary. No matter what side you’re on and what newspaper you are looking at, there’s a voice in the back of your head telling you that you’re reading s...

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Coming Soon to the Savoy Theater: Eighth Grade: ***1/2

I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I think that our country’s child labor laws are strict and hypocritical. Our policy seems to be something like this: Dear Pakistan, We Americans are morally superior to you. In our enlightened country, we toss industrialists in federal prison if we catch them employing young people. Shame on you. Sincerely,...

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Now Playing at the Savoy Theater

Three Identical Strangers:*** Since the beginning of time, people have been asking themselves the same three questions: 1. How did this all begin? 2. What is the purpose to all of this? 3. Do we have free will or are we mere slaves to our destinies? [Spoiler Alerts ahead] In 1960, famed Freudian psychiatrist Peter Neubauer conceived of an epic stud...

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Superstars, Long-term Contracts, and the Uniqueness of Baseball

Modern sports are built on the foundation of superstars. Even if you don’t watch the NBA, you know that Lebron James will play for the Lakers next year. And you can bank on the fact that Los Angeles will be in the Western Conference finals against Golden State. Even if you don’t watch the NFL, you know that Tom Brady is going to dominate in 2018 un...

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Now Playing in Select Cities, Sorry to Bother You: ****

Some people say that the American Dream is dead. I suppose that depends on your definition of what the American Dream is. But if your dream is to find a corporate job and make solid money, the Dream is very much alive. I have been working in the same corporate office since 2001. So the blueprint I’m going to share with you isn’t an idealistic Conse...

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Now Playing at the Savoy Theater

Won’t You Be My Neighbor: **** Because I write this column, I’ve watched plenty of movies over the years that I didn’t really want to see. I even break down and watch a family movie from time to time even though they are terrible. I didn’t even enjoy the kiddie movies that everyone else liked – like “Toy Story” and “The Incredibles” and “Coraline.”...

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Now Playing at the Savoy Theater: American Animals: ***1/2

We tell boys in our society that they are special and that they should reach for the stars. I’m not sure we should be doing that, though. First off, we’re not special. The little white lie that is meant to improve a young man’s self-esteem has the opposite effect of causing feelings of entitlement and disappointment. Second, we are not doing young...

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Max’s Views: Freeway: Crack in the System **1/2

There is an Urban Legend that claims that the crack epidemic of the 1980s was intentionally created by our government. According to the conspiracy theory: the CIA invented crack, illegally smuggled it into inner cities, and successfully destroyed black communities. At first glance, the theory seems paranoid and preposterous. When San Jose Mercury N...

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