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October 25th, 2014

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Goodbye, Mariano Rivera

  Last month, my best friend and I were watching the Yankees play the Orioles. It was Mariano Rivera’s final time playing in Baltimore. Before the game, the O’s organization took the time to honor the retiring Yankee with a pre-game ceremony and some thoughtful gifts.   “They don’t do that for every retiring player,” my friend observed....

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler ***1/2

  I roll my eyes at the English people’s obsession with the royal family. But, truth be told, Americans are just as obsessed with our presidents.   The president is just one man in a government of thousands. And due to the Constitutional framework of checks and balances, the president doesn’t have all that much power to change things. But...

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Reincarnation **1/2

Now on DVD   Who is the most influential American of the past 20 years? Possibly Snoop Dogg.   Twenty years ago, kids were listening to very different music: Metallica, Def Leppard, Van Halen. Seriously, I owned a Van Halen CD. Looking back, I have no idea why.   Rap existed, but it was a niche genre. That is until Dr. Dre’s “The Chr...

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Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer – ***1/2

DVD Pick One of the most arrogant things a person can do is send another person to prison.   When you order someone to go to jail, you are essentially saying: “I am a man. You are an animal. Now go into your cage until I decide it’s okay to let you out.”   As arrogant as that is, it is not nearly as arrogant as sending people to prison fo...

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The Rise and Fall of the Evil Empire

I think I understand the three reasons why baseball fans hate the New York Yankees.   1) They play in New York   2) They spend a lot of money on free agents   3) They are consistently good year after year   Well, now you should only hate the Yankees 2/3 as much. Because they are no longer good.   For the first time since De...

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Blackfish

****   I haven’t participated in any kind of vote besides an MLB All-Star ballot in many years. However, if there was a national referendum on whether the government should shut down SeaWorld and free all their Killer Whales, I would show up to the polls and vote YES.   Orcas absolutely do not belong in captivity. And the muckraking docum...

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Elysium

They say that the wealth divide between the rich and the poor is wider than ever.   I don’t know if that is true, but it is certainly true that the physical divide between rich and poor is wider than ever.   In the first half of the 20th Century, rich and poor lived together in the same city; they just lived in different neighborhoods....

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Fruitvale Station ***

Coming Soon to the Savoy Theater   Fruitvale Station ***   In the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict, President Obama was inspired to say a few words about race. In an unusually eloquent speech, Obama shared his memories about the troubling experience of being a young black man in America. He remembered how it felt to be followed around s...

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The Gatekeepers

February, 1945: President Roosevelt met with Saudi King Ibn Saud to discuss the postwar future of the Middle East. FDR asked the Arab monarch what he thought about the idea of establishing a Jewish state on the Eastern Mediterranean. “How about putting this Jewish state somewhere in Germany?” King Saud responded, “because putting it in the Middle E...

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End of Watch

When I was a kid, I didn’t understand how police officers benefit society. I thought that cops mostly just harassed people they didn’t like and wrote out tickets. Now that I own a house that contains several things that I don’t want to have stolen from me, I fully understand what the police do to benefit society. Now I appreciate that they’re out t...

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