The death of the Confederate Flag and the positive side of PC

Ten days ago, there was no Confederate battle flag controversy. The issue, somehow,  in the days since the Charleston massacre last Wednesday has gone from a half-forgotten culture war skirmish of the late ’90s to a suddenly renewed battle to the Republican governor of South Carolina, on Monday, calling for the flag to be removed more »

A war on comedy? No. On free speech? Maybe.

About ten years ago, way way back in my single days, myself and a few buddies decided to hit Sin City, and one of us suggested that we go see Jerry Seinfeld perform at Caesar’s Palace. I was (and am not) a fan of the man’s work. I have never laughed at the few episodes more »

‘Helter Skelter’ author Vincent Bugliosi: 1934-2015

Famed former Los Angeles Prosecutor and true crime author Vincent T. Bugliosi, who rose to prominence after successfully prosecuting Charles Manson and his crew of lunatics, has died after battling cancer at the age of 80. Born in Minnesota in 1934, Bugliosi made his bones as a deputy district attorney in the city of angels more »

Into the Further We Go: An interview with “Insidious: Chapter 3″ star Lin Shaye

Just thought you’d like to know, this latest chapter in the “Insidious” saga promises to be the “scariest of the three, BY FAR.”


The douchebag factor: Why the ‘Entourage’ movie is bound to fail

As you may have heard, the movie adaptation of ‘Entourage’ will be upon us soon, with a June 5 release scheduled. I haven’t seen it- I don’t think it’s been screened for anyone as of yet- but I’m a bit skeptical of the project’s success, for quite a few reasons. No, it’s not just the more »

$5 Blu-rays? Blame Amazon overstocks

The critically-acclaimed, Oscar-winning movie “Birdman” was only released two months ago. I just bought this movie on Blu-ray for $5. The case was in great condition, had a blank label over the bar code, but had no shrinkwrap seal. The disc appeared in excellent order, with a little bit of minor scratching around the edge more »

A TIDAL wave of narcissism

So Jay-Z and the Justice League of Over-Produced Pop Stars have joined forces to fight the evil menace of streaming music services – by starting their own streaming music service. There have been many stories recently about the meek amount of royalties that services like Spotify and Pandora pay out. Work certainly needs to be more »

An Interview with “Black Sea” director Kevin Macdonald: There’s no substitute for a good “sub” genre… literally.

Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald’s newest film “Black Sea” manages to resurrect a long-forgotten SUB-genre (more on this particular pun later) — the submarine movie. While films like “Below,” “Das Boot,”Crimson Tide,” “U-571,” etc. frequently “surfaced” (sorry, I just can’t help myself) during the 1980’s, 1990’s and even the 2000’s, this forgotten style of action-thriller has more »


Selma, the controversy, and the importance of timing

Since the Academy Award nominations were announced Thursday morning, the biggest story has been the lack of nominations for “Selma.” Yes, it got a Best Picture nod. But aside from that, “Selma” was nominated only for Best Original Song (“Glory,” the Golden Globe-winning tune by John Legend and Common), and was shut out completely in more »

On “Selma” and the fine cinema of political strategy

Yes, “Selma” is everything you’ve heard it is, and more. It’s beautiful, emotional and resonant.   It’s wonderfully acted, expertly directed by Ava DuVernay, and very well written by Paul Webb, who not only assembled the film’s great structure but, due to the lack of access to King’s actual speeches, needed to write new ones more »

On the Charlie Hebdo murders and acceptable arguments

In what has come to be called the “PC wars” in popular culture, most arguments are, at heart, about the questions of “is this thing offensive” or “does this thing deserve to be criticized?” Some aren’t comfortable with even that, but those perimeters are generally where the argument lies. Do you know where the argument more »

On the Brooklyn police murders, social media and straw men

Over the weekend, not long after two New York City police officers were murdered in cold blood while sitting in their car in Brooklyn, an undergraduate from Brandeis University took to Twitter and stated that no, she didn’t feel any sympathy for the two dead officers. She added that “i hate this racist fucking country,” more »