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Why The Lambs Won’t Stop Screaming

May 22, 2017, 9:55 pm

Here’s my debut piece for Film Inquiry. List, yes, but it comes from the heart. Why the Lambs Won’t Stop Screaming Share this post

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2018 Midterm Democratic Party Ad, First Draft

May 16, 2017, 11:06 am

On fivethirtyeight, they’re asking what kind of message the Democrats need to win in 2018. The consensus is that in the midterms, the Dems don’t need to be particularly positive, but only need to attack Trump. I agree and I don’t. Dems should absolutely focus on Trump’s shortcomings. But I think it’s smartest to package that in pseudo-positive language. I’ll go further and present, for the first time anywhere, the Official First Draft of the Dems’ Midterm Ads. As I’ve been
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U2’s “The Joshua Tree” at 30

May 9, 2017, 10:39 am

Confession time: as a teenager, I spent every Sunday morning listening to Casey Kasem count down the week’s Top 40 songs. I say with confidence that in three years prior to 1987, his dulcet tones had never named the band “U2.” Imagine my surprise, then, when that band shot to #1 with “With or Without You,” followed that up with another #1 called “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” and became Kasem’s trivia darling for the summer. I
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Paging Nicolas Cage. The “S-Town” Movie Needs You.

April 17, 2017, 12:51 pm

This post contains spoilers for Serial and This American Life’s “S-Town” and should be read only by people who have finished all seven chapters of the podcast. Not every podcast deserves to be even a single episode of a TV show, never mind a movie. “S-Town” may be such a podcast, though it depends how a studio would do it. One major obstacle is that the story doesn’t have the sort of “third act” (loosely, a film’s final 30 minutes)
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Dear TV, Stop Postponing Shows

April 10, 2017, 3:43 pm

Hit TV shows and great TV shows used to be predictable in at least one way: you knew when they would be on. Not anymore. I don’t mean their time slots; I mean the month they get aired. To be clear, I’m not talking about reviving the 20th century network model, where shows would start a new season in September or October, and then run weekly, with occasional reruns, until roughly May. A few shows still do this, like Scandal and
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Trump-Russia Drum-Beaters: SLOW YOUR ROLL

April 4, 2017, 7:43 am

He avoids the “conflict” part by caring *solely* about his own interests. – brilliant quote by my friend Chris Kuhi The world consists of two kinds of people: those who are paid to apologize for and justify the Trump administration, and those who are not. Like almost every single person in the latter group, I believe there is something fishy about the connections between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russia’s proven attempts to subvert our democracy. I also believe that
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The 40 Biggest Moves of “Big Little Lies”

March 28, 2017, 11:04 am

I love Big Little Lies, both book and show. All praise goes to Reese Witherspoon for adapting this into a mini-series and for bringing it to HBO instead of Netflix or Amazon, where people would have binged it and promptly lost the feeling of being in these women’s shoes as they sweat out the weeks trying to solve the mystery. And all praise to HBO for not insisting that the episode count be an artificially imposed 8 or 10; if the story works
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Donny and Libby Hit the Two-Month Mark

March 21, 2017, 3:23 pm

“The last woman I was in was the Statue of Liberty.” – Woody Allen “Libby, we’ve been dating for two months now.” “It’s no exaggeration to say that they’ve been two of the most astonishing months of my life.” “Right, well, two months is when I usually start noticing flaws. And I’m gonna need you to change a little bit.” “You want…me to change? Then why did you want to be with me in the first place?” “I guess every
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To Facebook On Our Ten-Year Anniversary

March 13, 2017, 9:02 am

Dear Facebook, Holy cats, it’s our ten-year anniversary. And, uh, I didn’t get you any diamonds. Instead I got you one of those rants that you sometimes like. See how it shines like your white face, though? Ten years together Facebook, can you believe it? I admit that when we met, I was a little skeptical. People kept telling me to try you, but I was like, uh, no. I’d been hurt in the past. I really don’t want to
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“Get Out”: The Truth Behind The Lie Behind The Truth

March 6, 2017, 2:49 pm

Get Out is the first great movie of the Trump Era. I’m sure it didn’t mean to be. If Hillary Clinton had been elected president, Get Out still would have been a great film. Perhaps critics living under President Hillary might have taken deeper dives into the film’s apparent challenging of “well meaning liberals” as represented by – well, most of the film’s white people. MAJOR SPOILERS Actually, most critics don’t connect the film to Clinton or Trump. However, I’m
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