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How Performances Made “Titanic” (1997), and How “Titanic” Changed Blockbuster Performances

This is from a section of my book, due to come out next year, called “Blockbuster Performances.” I argue that despite critics who typically dismiss acting as a tertiary concern of blockbuster movies, in fact strong performances make strong blockbusters, and in particular, the success of Titanic, especially compared to 1997’s only other $100 million+ film, Batman and Robin, proved that excellent acting was more important than “star” casting. Now that Titanic has returned to theaters for its anniversary, it
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Autism

Punt

Don’t believe I’ve ever before titled a post “Punt.” But this week’s autism post has to be punted. Too many deadlines over here. Will come back with double content next week. Thanks for keeping up with me! Share this post

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Populism

The Secret Formula to Get Rid of Trump

Politico’s headline on November 7 said it all: “The Democratic Circular Firing Squad Dodges a Bullet.” After resounding wins in Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere, Democrats proved that their perpetual in-fighting wasn’t necessarily a recipe for electoral defeat. Or did they? Within hours of the November 7 elections, the national press, as it must always do, put a face on the story, and that face was…not the white cisgender straight male face belonging to the new governor of Virginia, or,
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To the Future

The War for Mars United, Chapter 39: In This Temple

SIX MONTHS LATER Prime Minister Norine Maciel sipped her red wine. A lovely vintage. Whatever else you wanted to say about Mars’ weather, the prolonged seasons helped the vino. Pablo had escorted Julia and the grandkids into the little temple, leaving Norine alone at the picnic blanket. Unless you counted the little Mars ants. Actually, Norine didn’t find ants as strange as looking at foods without McPepsanto logos, or any logos at all. Martina’s birthday was next week, but Norine
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