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August 26th, 2019

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The Best Drama of the Year is Now on iTunes Video

Leave No Trace: **** One of the saddest things about our society is our unquenchable obsession with wanting more. If everyone were offered one free item from Amazon.com, most people would be delighted and take Bezos up on it. Very few people would say: “No, thank you. I don’t want to waste the earth’s resources on another material possession that w...

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First Man: **

Ryan Gosling can’t act. I don’t know how this guy keeps getting work. Well, I know he keeps getting work because he’s great looking and because his movies make money. But I really don’t understand how he bamboozles people into mistaking him for an actor. Ryan Gosling’s most effective performance was as a cyborg in “Blade Runner 2049.” That’s becaus...

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This 2014 Documentary was just released on iTunes Video, You know exactly why

Anita Hill: Speaking Truth to Power: ** I loathe Political Correctness. I admire people who speak their mind with eloquence, intelligence, and offensiveness. If I don’t offend at least one person with this article, I have become too boring and cowardly to deserve a column. The PC police should get the heck out of our schools and college campuses. B...

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Now Playing at the Savoy Theater

Fahrenheit 11/9: **1/2 When 22nd Century historians teach a lesson about the 2016 election, they’ll only need one primary source document. In the autumn leading up to the vote, Michael Moore wrote an essay entitled “5 Reasons Trump Will Win.” Moore recognized that Donald Trump was the “Roger & Me” of presidential candidates. His message was mus...

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Hearts Beat Loud: ***1/2

It is not easy to maintain a relationship with your adult relatives. First off, there are money issues. If you lent your relative money and now you don’t like him so much and he is ducking you, that’s a bummer and things may never get better. Second, you can easily grow apart. If you don’t actively find interests and activities to share with your p...

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Now on Netflix and Free on the Internet

Oliver Stone’s Untold History of The United States, Episode V: The 50s – Eisenhower, the Bomb, and the Third World:***1/2 The history books have been kind to Dwight Eisenhower. Ike is the least polarizing and least hated President of the Post-War Era. He is remembered as America’s benign grandfather figure during a time of relative peace and prospe...

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Now On Demand: Borg vs. McEnroe: ***1/2

In 1980, the sport of tennis was dominated by a mad man. He had behavior problems and anger issues; he made life miserable for everyone around him. His name was Björn Borg. “Borg vs. McEnroe” is a college course in psychology and sociology masquerading as a sports movie. It explores the troubled psyche of champions. And it exposes the ugly but pred...

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Howard Zinn: A People’s History of the United States Part I (1900-1920): Bread and Roses: ****

History books tell the Great Man version of history. American history starts with great man Cristopher Columbus, continues with great men George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and moves forward quickly to great man Abraham Lincoln. When the history of our time is written, future generations will read about Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. “But what abo...

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The Show that I am Currently Binge-Watching: Vikings

When I was a teenager, I took a bus to New York City by myself. My most vivid memory was being confronted by a mentally ill homeless person. He stated passionately that the government is out to get him and that the President is destroying the country and is personally responsible for his homeless predicament. Everybody talks about the leaders of ou...

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Now Playing at the Savoy Theater: BlacKkKlansman:**

Once upon a time, Capital One pitchman and big time Knicks fan Spike Lee was a serious filmmaker. At the height of artistic prowess (1992), Lee released an important cinematic classic: “Malcolm X.” Spike Lee presents Malcolm X as an articulate, visionary, hateful philosopher. In X’s version of history, the black race was the first and intrinsically...

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