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September 2nd, 2014

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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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Nominated for Best Documentary The Square *** Americans tend to have a positive view of revolutions. That certainly makes sense, since the revolution that founded our country was so remarkably successful. Most revolutions wind up with dreadful unintended consequences, though. Look at the French Revolution. It began with the ideals of Liberty, Equal...

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The Armstrong Lie **

New on DVD   I do not watch ESPN Sports Center anymore.   Years ago, Sports Center was wonderfully simple: it showed highlights of the previous day’s sporting events, nothing more.   Sports Center has slowly evolved into more of a regular news program – with investigative reporting and a focus on scandal rather than sports.   F...

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Why I Love “Orange is the New Black”

  I’m sure glad that prisons exist to rehabilitate hardened criminals.   Just kidding, of course.   I wonder who came up with the ridiculous lie that prisons rehabilitate people. Probably a shareholder of one of those privately-owned, for-profit prisons.   Clearly prisons do the opposite of rehabilitating people. They toss peopl...

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The Square ***

  Nominated for Best Documentary   Americans tend to have a positive view of revolutions.   That certainly makes sense, since the revolution that founded our country was so remarkably successful.   Most revolutions wind up with dreadful unintended consequences, though.   Look at the French Revolution. It began with the ideals of...

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The Act of Killing ***1/2

Nominated for Best Documentary     Very few Americans get away with murder.   The vast majority of killers are promptly arrested and serve time. The handful who are not caught probably can’t rest easy. They have to spend the rest of their lives sleeping with one eye open, fearful that the blond lady from “Cold Case” is tracking them down....

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Her ****

  The most momentous event of the 21st Century is the rise of the machines.   Not Terminator-style, of course. I am referring to the smart phones that almost everyone carries around now and that young people won’t stop playing with.   Ask a 13-year-old boy whether he’d rather give up his iPhone5 for a year or give up a good friend, i...

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Jobriath A.D. ***

  To me, the history of awesome top-40 rock music begins in 1971.   Marc Bolan went on Britian’s Tops of the Pops wearing a shiny silver blouse with purple pockets. His band T. Rex played their first #1 song – “Hot Love.” And the glam rock phenomenon was born.   The Beatles had just broken up, and with them went the whole 60s m...

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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters ***1/2

  “I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs. I play video games; which I think is a far superior addiction to all those other ones.”   -Random Video Game Nerd from “The King of Kong”   Sorry, Random Video Game Nerd from “The King of Kong,” I think you might be mistaken.   I am not recommending that you take up smoking, dri...

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