John Hayward

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Movie Review: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'

As a young fan of sci-fi, horror, and action films, I used to bristle when a critic would say some movie I enjoyed was "un-reviewable," impervious to rational analysis, and bound to be a hit with the people who wanted to go see it no matter what professional reviewers said.  I thought it was a condescending attitude at the time, but now I've got to throw in the towel on the "Transformers" series.  Either I grew up, these movies got too infantile, or more likely some combination of the two.  I've heard it said that most big-budget cinema is pitched at 14-year-old boys.  This movie was evidently written by 14-year-old boys.  Heavily caffeinated ones, at that. Jun 28, 2014 2:29 PM PT

Suing Big Government into submission

This week, House Speaker John Boehner announced that his caucus is thinking about suing the White House over President Obama's abuses of power this week.  (Technically, Boehner merely announced that an announcement is forthcoming, which is the purest example of a "trial balloon" you'll ever see.  If the goal of sparking a national conversation on the separation of powers is achieved by the pundit wrangling over the very idea of filing such a suit, Boehner and Co. might be spared the expense of ever filing the actual court papers.) Jun 28, 2014 6:27 AM PT

Students not happy about Hillary Rodham Dead Broke Clinton getting paid $225k to address them

Hillary Clinton's fabulous book tour / campaign launch / charm offensive continues, as students at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas react to learning that this selfless Woman of the People - who recently claimed she isn't rich enough to be considered "truly well-off" - is getting paid a cool $225,000 to speak at the UNLV Annual Foundation Dinner.  From the Washington Free Beacon: Jun 27, 2014 1:30 PM PT

This fragile nation

"South Sudan named most fragile country; U.S. joins list of worsening nations," warns the CNN headline.  Rut-roh.  We sure don't want to end up like Sudan, do we? Jun 27, 2014 9:13 AM PT

Meriam Ibrahim update: Free again

The Associated Press reported that Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim and her family were set free again, about two hours ago.  Let's see if it holds up this time.  I wouldn't assume she's out of trouble until she's out of Sudan. Jun 26, 2014 8:53 AM PT

IRS admits wrongdoing, pays $50k settlement to National Organization for Marriage

After years of court battles, an early victim of the politicized Internal Revenue Service finally gets a little satisfaction, as the agency admits wrongdoing and ponies up a settlement for handing confidential information on the National Organization for Marriage over to same-sex marriage activists.  From today's NOM press release: Jun 24, 2014 1:14 PM PT

Christian Woman Sentenced to Death for Apostasy Released in Sudan... and Promptly Re-Arrested

I didn't have much to say about the reports that Christian woman Meriam Ibrahim, the wife of U.S. citizen Daniel Wani and mother of his imprisoned American toddler and infant children, had been released, because I didn't believe it.  I was waiting for her to get the hell out of Dodge before popping the champagne corks.  Looks like I was right to be skeptical, as Reuters reports she didn't get any further than the airport: Jun 24, 2014 1:10 PM PT

'Batman' at 25

John Nolte mentioned that Tim Burton's epochal "Batman" film is now 25 years old, which immediately made every aching joint in my aging body flare up, and more of my remaining hair turn white.  Twenty-five years ago?  Really? Jun 24, 2014 1:00 PM PT

'The Last Ship': This boat doesn't know how to go slow

I had a pretty good time with 2012's "Battleship" until the huge alien war machines rose out of the water.  There just isn't enough good cinema about the modern surface Navy.  It seemed a pity to spend the kind of money "Battleship" did, and muck it up with a dopey plot about extraterrestrials (and a childhood-favorite board game.)  ETs are generally quite welcome in my movie and TV diet, but I left the theater thinking that a more realistic look at contemporary surface action would fascinate audiences, just as books on the subject have been captivating readers for many years. Jun 23, 2014 9:24 PM PT

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