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Movie review: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Comic books are a very versatile medium.  They can tell adventure stories, horror, fantasy, science fiction - you name the genre, and there's graphic-novel work being done in it.  With "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the cinematic branch of superhero fiction takes on paranoid conspiracy thrillers, in the mold of "Three Days of the Condor."  Why, Robert Redford's even on hand to bless the proceedings!  Take your favorite Evil Government Conspiracy saga from the Seventies, drop in super-heroes and $200 million worth of digital effects, and you've got the feel of this movie.  It's like "Marathon Man," except the marathon man can run four times as fast as a normal human being, beat the cheese out of the entire crew of a flying aircraft carrier, and take out high-tech aircraft with a toss of his indestructible shield. Apr 5, 2014 9:37 PM PT

'Living wage,' unaffordable products

When President Obama took to mocking Republican budget proposals (which, unlike Democrat proposals, exist) in front of a college audience by calling them "stinkburgers" and "meanwiches," I was struck by how the media lets him get away with being as nasty and divisive as he wants to be.  No Republican would be allowed to get away with insinuating that Democrats are motivated primarily by greed, lust for power, or some inhuman joy they take from watching people suffer... let alone stating it outright, with the language of a third-grader.  Not only would the divisiveness and mean spirit of the rhetoric draw a firestorm of criticism, but such a hypothetical Republican would be excoriated for talking down to his audience. Apr 4, 2014 1:13 PM PT

Marvel's super soldiers

Stray observation, as I gear up to see the new "Captain America" movie: it's interesting how so many of the heroes in Marvel's cinematic universe are professional soldiers. Apr 4, 2014 12:45 PM PT

More on donor lists and the Mozilla oppression

When discussing the thoughtcrime prosecution and ouster of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich last night, I quoted a passage from a First Things article which appeared to assert that Eich's donation to the campaign for the Prop 8 gay marriage ban in California in 2008 - the sole reason he was hounded out of his job by a fascist mob - was made public when corrupt agents of the Internal Revenue Service leaked the donor list for the National Organization for Marriage to a gay-rights group. Apr 4, 2014 4:51 AM PT

Mozilla thoughtcrime, IRS corruption, and the devaluation of marriage

Just a couple of weeks into his tenure as CEO of Mozilla, Brendan Eich has been ousted by a mob of jackbooted same-sex marriage supporters, for the unforgivable crime of donating $1000 in 2008 to the Proposition 8 gay-marriage ban in California.  Eich co-founded Mozilla and created the indispensable Javascript programming language, but none of that counted for much against his long-ago financial support of traditional marriage. Apr 3, 2014 9:35 PM PT

The joys of goalpost-moving

It's annoying to defenders of free-market capitalism when their arguments are misinterpreted as a blanket defense of all capitalists.  Of course, the same thing happens in the other direction with socialism - support for an allegedly compassionate collectivist agenda automatically confers sainthood upon the supporter, no matter what how he conducts his personal dealings... sometimes even when those dealings involve the kind of corruption that should outrage sincere believers in Big Government. Apr 2, 2014 6:49 AM PT

Will 'Noah' inspire viewers to read the source material?

Back when I was suggesting people of faith give Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" a chance before dismissing it, one of the ideas I floated in this forum was that viewers might be inspired to read the source material, which would be a happy development for Christians and Jews.  (By "source material" I mean the Old Testament, not the Gnostic claptrap that Dr. Brian Mattson makes a compelling argument for as the true storyboard for the skewed interpretation of Noah presented by Aronofsky.  It's a fascinating read - check it out here.) Apr 1, 2014 5:07 AM PT

Movie review: 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

If you don't like Wes Anderson's movies, you certainly aren't going to like "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which is a jolt of pure, concentrated Wes-ness.  For his detractors, it will seem like a candy-colored Wes wasteland.  There isn't a single scene in this entire film that isn't trying to be arch.  Told as a series of nesting flashbacks, it's a multi-stage nuclear detonation of irony. Mar 29, 2014 3:46 PM PT

ObamaCare Launch Disaster: Send in the Lawyers!

The ObamaCare launch disaster wasn't all about the bumblers in the Obama Administration scarfing down $600 million and farting out a pile of 404 errors.  The state exchanges had a lot of trouble, too.  The worst ones are still abject nightmares, in which countless millions were paid for computer systems that remain almost completely unusable. Mar 29, 2014 7:34 AM PT


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