Lawrence Meyers

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19th Century Play 'Enemy of the People' Predicted Age of Obama

Netflix is currently streaming the 1966 televised adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s must-see 1882 play, "An Enemy of the People." The production reflects, and predicts, what happens when a Liberal majority takes hold of society. Jul 6, 2014 3:12 PM PT

Rooting Out Corruption at the Tarrant Regional Water District

Two members of the Texas TEA Party Caucus, along with a Democratic colleague, demanded that the ethically-challenged Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) Board release public documents that a colleague has been after for a year. May 22, 2014 6:26 AM PT

Feds Move to Replace Lenders With the Post Office

The Office of Inspector General released a white paper in January, advocating for the United States Post Office to offer alternative financial services (AFS) such as bill payment, check cashing, and small-dollar loans. The timing of the paper’s release suggests it may be part of a larger federal plot to kill AFS altogether--clearing the way for a USPS takeover. Feb 11, 2014 8:33 AM PT

'Homicide' Creator Uses Slavery to Trash Constitution, Founding Fathers

Let me first praise David Simon for his terrific book, "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets," which spawned one of the greatest American TV series, "Homicide: Life on the Street. I also hear "The Wire" is great. Praise complete. Now, I'll bury this Hollywood Liberal bully. Nov 5, 2013 3:53 PM PT

Why We Love Hannibal, Tony Soprano and Walter White

What is it about Hannibal Lecter, Tony Soprano and Walter White that makes us root for them?  How is it that a cannibalistic serial killer, a sociopathic mob boss, and a ruthless drug kingpin became the protagonists in three hugely successful pieces of media over the past twenty years? Oct 13, 2013 7:15 AM PT

'Prisoners' Squanders Theological Potential, Embraces Nihilism

I thought Crash was the worst movie Hollywood could make that bamboozled critics and audiences into thinking it was something “important”, never mind “entertaining”, and “Best Picture”.  Now comes Prisoners, a relentlessly grim, ponderous tutorial in amateur character and plot construction that is too clever by half, champions nihilism, mocks faith, and is ultimately an unredeemable exercise in despair. Sep 23, 2013 3:51 PM PT

Breaking Down 'Bad' - The Secrets to the AMC's Show's Success

Some television shows have a fan base.  Other shows have a rabid fan base.  AMC’s “Breaking Bad”, created by Vince Gilligan, has a fan base that goes beyond rabid and into the realm of fanatic.  It’s well-deserved.  The show is one of the best examples of programming in American television history.  But why are the show’s fans so in love with it?  What spell has this program cast?  What are people finding in this world that has so captivated them? Aug 18, 2013 7:43 AM PT

'Sleepless in Hollywood' Review: Producer Chronicles Hollywood's Tech-Driven Decline

Hollywood has changed and it will never be the same, thanks to the arrival of the internet of the fragmentation of content distribution.  Producer Lynda Obst’s new book “Sleepless in Hollywood” chronicles the author’s transition from what she terms the Old Abnormal (how Hollywood conducted its business in its own bizarre fashion) to the New Abnormal.  It’s a term Obst uses to describe the altered business paradigm that has emerged over the past few years. Aug 4, 2013 1:48 PM PT

The Unsung List: Actress Michelle Forbes

Actress Michelle Forbes rarely grabs headlines, but the compelling actress fully commits to her roles in a way that deserves kudos, if not unabashed acclaim. Jun 9, 2013 1:54 PM PT

The Politics of Apocalyptic Cinema: Embracing Hope in Hopeless Scenarios

Apocalypse is derived from the Greek, meaning “revelation.” Indeed, it is within the Apocalyptic narrative that audiences are provided with a revelation as to the nature of mankind when all appears lost. It’s important to examine how they differ because these stories, perhaps more than any other, reflect the values of our culture and--since Andrew Breitbart taught us that politics is downstream from culture--how it reflects the political environment. I see are two distinct categories of Apocalyptic Popular Culture: revelatory drama that affirms our humanity, and that which leaves us in despair. Apr 15, 2013 8:38 PM PT


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