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June 28th, 2017

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Sunset Boulevard (1950) **** In the movie “La La Land,” Los Angeles is a fantasy land for its two lead characters. By the end, they have achieved all of their ambitions, both artistically and financially. “La La Land” is an idiotic movie about Hollywood with an offensively upbeat conclusion. “Sunset Boulevard” is a brilliant movie that offers a bru...

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The Most Hated Woman in America ***1/2 Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof… — The Bill of Rights That phrase. That phrase you keep using. I don’t think that phrase means what you think it means. Somewhere in our history, the meaning of the First Amendment got flipped around. T...

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Peter and the Farm *** A Montpelier lobbyist once told me that if you want to convince a Vermonter of your side, hire a farmer to present your argument. Vermonters trust farmers above all others. There’s something weird about that. Seemingly, the only thing separating a farmer from you or me is that he has a terrible, terrible job. Two hundred year...

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Fences ***1/2 It seems like the polite thing to say to a young man is, “You’d make a great father.” I don’t think anyone has ever said that to me. And they are right. I can definitely see myself being a horrible father. Some men just aren’t built to be great parents. I could see myself resenting my child because I am wasting my money and the last d...

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams **** Have you ever looked at a black and white photo of a man from 150 years ago and thought about his perspective? He lived in a world that is wildly different than ours. He left only a tiny trace of himself for people to remember. Yet, despite the beard, despite the decades, despite his death, the man in the photo is just...

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Targeted: Exposing the Gun Control Agenda ** The NRA is right about gun control for the wrong reasons. And gun control advocates are wrong about gun control for all the right reasons. Love them or loathe them, you have to hand it to them: the NRA is winning. If Tom Brady and Charlie Sheen had a baby and that baby grew up to be a lobbying group, tha...

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Get Out **** I was watching Spike Lee’s “Malcom X” for the first time in many years. And I kept thinking to myself: “Malcom X might have been right!” As a kid, you’re taught that Martin Luther King’s dream of integration is a utopia, while Malcom X’s vision of a separate and superior black society is fanatical and wrong. But Dr. King won, and it’s...

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Arrival **** 600 years ago, everyone agreed that earth is at the center of the universe and all other heavenly bodies revolve around us. That was a fact. If some dreamer had stood up and said, “Hey, maybe the earth is just one of a billion planets in our galaxy. And our galaxy is just one of a billion in the universe,” that guy would have been laug...

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The film that is going to win Best Picture Moonlight **** “If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.” – Harvey Milk I don’t understand the gay rights movement these days. Right now, they are fighting for transgender bathrooms and a coordinated boycott of Chick-Fil-A restaurants. I am not saying these are ba...

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Two Days, One Night ***1/2 “It’s the economy, stupid” was written on the wall of Bill Clinton’s campaign headquarters. He went on to comfortably win two elections. “I’m With Her,” read Hillary Clinton’s campaign slogan. Though it may as well have read “Please don’t ask me about the economy. Those uncomfortable debates with Bernie made me not want t...

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