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October 31st, 2014

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20 Feet From Stardom **

  The Movie That Won the Oscar for Best Documentary (But Shouldn’t Have) Back-up singers seem to have life figured out. They get to hang out with super talented artists and record wonderful songs. They go on amazing business trips where they get to see the world. They get to meet beautiful and interesting people and share stories, sex, and/or...

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Ayn Rand: The Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged ***1/2

  There is a nonstop political battle between conservatives and liberals and many people are tired of taking sides. According to this movie, an increasing number of people are embracing an exciting third way: the philosophy of Ayn Rand. “Ayn Rand: The Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged” isn’t a documentary about the writer. It’s about the meaning, imp...

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Viking Apocalypse **1/2

Available on Netflix   Based on the violence in movies and on the news, one might think that this is an unusually violent time in human history. But, happily, this isn’t true at all. The more you learn about the past, the more you realize how wonderfully peaceful we are in comparison. Take, for example, the Viking Era (793 – 1100). Durin...

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Pandora’s Promise ****

  Now Available on Netflix   I just watched an eye-opening documentary on Netflix about nuclear energy and how wonderful it is for mankind. “Come on, Max. Why did you let yourself get bamboozled by that right-wing corporate propaganda?” I didn’t. Believe it or not, this is an environmentalist movie. Made by environmentalists, for environm...

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Noah *

  In the Bible, the story of Noah is brief and unembellished. Noah – a 600-year-old vineyard owner – was the only faultless man in a world full of wicked jerks. God told him to build an ark. Noah complied. And then God killed everyone on earth except Noah, his family, and two of every animal. Actually, Noah saved more than two of t...

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Why You Should Watch “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”

Most people are content to remain almost completely ignorant about history, geography, and science. And even though I find history and geography super interesting, I can’t argue that they are important to learn. Is my life richer and fuller because I know more about the 30 Years War than you? No. Are you a better person because you can find Indones...

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Schooled: The Price of College Sports ****

      There was a dark time in our history when a certain group of people were terribly oppressed. In exchange for years of sweat, they were given only food and a tiny room to call their own. They did backbreaking work for no pay while the old white guys who ordered them around got rich off their labor.   The time is now. I am t...

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Son of God **1/2

Son of God   **1/2     Christianity had become the primary religion of the Mediterranean world by the 5th Century.   But not every early Christian viewed Jesus in the same way. Some believed that Jesus was completely human while he was on earth. Some found the notion of Jesus being a flawed human offensive and claimed that he wa...

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Room 237 ***1/2

Now Available on Netflix   The book I remember best from high school is Moby Dick by Herman Melville.   To be clear, I don’t remember what happened in the story. I didn’t understand what was going on at all. Reading Moby Dick taught me that just because an artist is revered doesn’t mean that every piece of art he ever made is great....

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Pompeii **1/2 Just as clearly as the United States is the ultimate superpower of our time, The Roman Empire was the great superpower of the ancient world. There are still places on earth that are backward and uncivilized to this day. 2000 years ago, the Romans had already built an impressively sophisticated society. When you bathe today using water...

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