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September 16th, 2014

Max’s View

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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Searching for Sugar Man

The darkest hour in the history of the music business was Metallica v. Napster. It was the year 2000 and internet file sharing technology had made it possible for people to discover new music without having to buy it. When their new song leaked, thousands of Metallica fans downloaded the track before it was released in stores. Metallica should have...

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Quartet

Coming soon to the Savoy Theater…  Quartet I don’t know for sure, but it looks like growing old stinks. A woman in the movie “Quartet” has a catchphrase: “Growing old isn’t for sissies.” The joke is that the character’s name is Cissy. But, really, it’s no joke at all. Old age is one long series of bummers, big and small. Losing your eyesight...

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