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“Worst”-great scenarios

The critics have been kind to You’re the Worst, but I’m not sure they’ve been kind enough. You’re the Worst is not only terrific but also something brazenly new, and maybe they haven’t noticed because, like a gift stolen from your friend’s wedding, it’s wrapped up in such a way as to seem more familiar than it is. I’m talking about a headline like this: “You’re the Worst Quickly Becomes TV’s Best Romantic Comedy.” You’d think there were other romantic comedies on TV,
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Autism

Stairway to Heaven with Nixon

Ever see a film without any reviews on Rotten Tomatoes? I have. It’s called Dad’s in Heaven With Nixon (2010), and since RT hasn’t stepped up, I’ll do it. I liked it, but it had issues. This documentary film markets itself as a movie about autism, but this turns out to be a slight bait-and-switch (now us autism families know how fundamentalist Christian moviegoers feel about “family” films!) because the film is really about the Murray family. I regret to
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Populism

Republic of Public

God bless us, everyone, and God bless Tiny Tim. Not the one from A Christmas Carol, but Timothy Egan, who writes for The New York Times. Today’s column is called “Video Nation,” and his thesis is that Americans don’t bother to care unless there’s a video that we can all get outraged about. ISIS was committing any number of animalistic atrocities before they beheaded two American journalists…but only after millions saw those videos did Obama double down on Iraq War
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