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Democrats Re-Brand As “The American Democracy Party”

July 11, 2017, 9:20 am

written by F. Akenews After nearly 200 years, the Democratic Party is doing a re-branding. Today on Capitol Hill, in a press conference, Democratic leaders announced a new symbol and an altered name for their party. The Democratic Party will henceforth be known as the American Democracy Party, and its symbol will now be a bald eagle. “You can still call us Democrats,” laughed Tom Perez, chair of the Committee formerly known as the Democratic National Committee, now known as
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Can The First Half of 2017’s Big-Budget Films Compete for Oscars?

July 5, 2017, 9:24 am

This article also appeared on writeoutofla, called: Can 2017’s Blockbusters Get Oscar-Nominated? Ah, blockbusters. For us discriminating film fans, they’re a bit like that fashionable cousin at the family reunion that just won’t shut up. We love them and we hate them, but how to contextualize them with the rest of our lives? Some of us go out of our way to praise them for the slightest effort at respectability. But perhaps we shouldn’t. This piece exists to explain why,
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10 Quick, Unmade Points about “Wonder Woman”

June 12, 2017, 4:28 pm

Everyone is talking about Wonder Woman, but nobody is saying what I’m thinking. Before going any further here, you should read a review or two from a source you trust, and also read some of the many excellent and contentious think-pieces (not reviews, not suppliers of Rotten Tomatoes scores, but think-pieces) that have sprung up in reaction to the film. All caught up? Great. Here’s ten little things that none of the reviews or think-pieces said: 1) Without taking anything away
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Working on a great blog post. Will post it next time. Thanks for checking in.

June 5, 2017, 9:42 pm

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Solano Community College Performing Arts Center Opening Night Gala

May 30, 2017, 10:02 pm

Announcing a terrific gala for my college! Go here, scroll down, click the video, and enjoy! (Also, this was a fun video for me to write and direct in association with the school’s educational foundation.) Share this post

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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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