Glenn Greenwald’s Movie Corner

December 12, 2012

Hi folks, Glenn Greenwald here. Given the outrage surrounding my decision to write about—and harshly judge the supporters of—a movie I haven’t seen, I figured like any good troll I should keep up the hard work. So I’m back to let you, the reader, know just what films are politically acceptable to enjoy and judge […]

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Dance, puppets!

December 11, 2012

As I thought might happen, the liberal-left freakout over Zero Dark Thirty has been kind of fun to watch. The Free Beacon published a good roundup of the reax; I just want to add one quick comment to a point Glenn Greenwald made. Greenwald, in that hyperbolic, hyperventilating way he has so vigorously mastered, denounced the film as […]

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Betraying the voters (by giving them what they want)

December 9, 2012

Two years ago, a newly elected Rick Snyder told the Free Press editorial board he was determined to be a new kind of governor — a pragmatist focused like a laser on initiatives that promised to raise standards of living for all Michiganders. … In short, we trusted Snyder’s judgment. That trust has now been […]

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Cult in the Connected Age, ctd.

December 7, 2012

When the rise of television destroyed moviegoing as a mass habit, it simultaneously enhanced the opportunities for film fetishism and ritual screenings. Movies became integral to the celebration of religious events. King of Kings, Easter Parade, White Christmas, and Micracle on 34th Street were invariably telecast on their appropriate holidays. Starting in the mid-1950s, The Wizard of […]

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Thoughtcrimes, ca. 2012

December 6, 2012

Anytime a group blog pulls a post I’m curious to know which thoughtcrime was committed. ordinary-gentlemen.com/blog/2012/12/a… — Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) December 5, 2012 As it turns out, this was the thoughtcrime in question: That’s the entirety of Tom Van Dyke’s post. The editors of the League took it down and later put up this letter explaining […]

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Andrew Sullivan Conservatism

December 5, 2012

Has anyone catalogued Andrew Sullivan’s various proclamations about what being a “real conservative” means? I’ve always found them to be mildly amusing, if only because “being a real conservative” typically means “believing whatever Andrew Sullivan happens to believe on any given day.” The most recent example of this trend is his discourse on steroid usage, […]

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Did Harry Knowles even watch The Dark Knight or The Dark Knight Rises?

December 4, 2012

I guess some spoilers below about The Dark Knight/The Dark Knight Rises? But if you haven’t seen it by now, why are you even reading this blog?

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Bob Costas is probably to blame for the Belcher murder-suicide

December 3, 2012

DISPATCH FROM THE MULTIVERSE — In a shocking turn of events Sunday evening, Bob Costas took responsibility for the role he played in the tragic murder-suicide that roiled the NFL this weekend. Taking to his soapbox on Sunday Night Football’s halftime show, Costas highlighted the role that football’s brutal culture played in the murder of […]

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Cult in the Connected Age (Updated x2)

December 1, 2012

Last night on Twitter, Dan McLaughlin asked: Q for my under-30 followers: what would you regard as cult classic films made after 2000? — Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) December 1, 2012 It’s an interesting question, one that I’m not sure how to answer because it all kinda depends on how you define “cult.” Once upon a […]

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‘Deserve’s’ got nothin’ to do with it

November 29, 2012

From the Washington Examiner: “I feel I deserve $15 an hour,” said Linda Archer, 59 a McDonalds cashier. “I work very hard.” Archer currently earns $8 an hour and averages 24 hours a week. From Unforgiven: Having spent my teenage years as a McDonald’s employee, I feel some measure of sympathy for Ms. Archer.* But the simple […]

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