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Monthly Archives: January 2016

45 Years After “Love Story,” Does Trump Mean Never Having to Say You’re Sorry?

January 8, 2016, 2:30 pm

Does the popularity of Donald Trump, paired with his refusal to apologize for outrageous statements, reduce the odds of other people attempting apologies in 2016 and beyond? I’ve already written extensively about Donald Trump’s war on political correctness – and now the mainstream media seems to be realizing how crucial that is to his appeal. Deeply related, but thus far unacknowledged, is Trump’s refusal to apologize for, well, anything. Ban on Muslims entering America? No apology. Megyn Kelly’s got blood […]

What is Dar thinking? And what if it was these things?

January 6, 2016, 3:26 pm

What is Dar thinking? I never know, I never know. The pain of my life is that I don’t know. So today I’m going to take a wacky step toward addressing that pain. The kind of wackiness that the writers (and viewers) of “Look Who’s Talking” would heartily endorse. I’m going to caption some old photos with things he might have been thinking.     “This rubber feels nice. Can everyone stop talking about me please?”         […]

Revisiting Mark Harris’ “Birdcage” One Year Later

January 4, 2016, 10:19 am

As 2016 begins, we are about a year removed from Mark Harris’ damning pronouncement, in his article “The Birdcage” published in Grantland, that “franchises are not a big part of the movie business. They are not the biggest part of the movie business. They are the movie business. Period.” In the same piece he previewed Hollywood’s upcoming five-year slate and wrote, “If movies have, for a century, been the repository of our dreams, and every generation gets the dreams it […]

One iconoclastic blog, one year

January 1, 2016, 1:00 pm

I’d be lying if I said I’d accomplished all I wanted to do in 2015 or in my life to date. And yet, I find that this blog right here has become much of what I want to do, a repository of my ideas and even dreams. One thing that fires my passion is that there’s no blog like this one. Who else writes a thousand distinct and distinguished words on each of three topics every week? I do this […]