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

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

Thank goodness for Netflix, for it is there that you can be treated to a 1966 televised adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s must-see 1882 play, An Enemy of the People. The play both reflects, and predicts, what happens when a Liberal majority

James Bond: Super Spy. Franchise Anchor. Icon of Masculinity

James Bond: Super Spy. Franchise Anchor. Icon of Masculinity

On the occasion of the release of my E-Book on the James Bond film series–Bond Forever: A Film Buff’s Cinematic Analysis of the James Bond Series–I thought Breitbart readers would enjoy some thoughts on our expectations of masculinity in mass media, as portrayed

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.  Rep. Jonathan Strickland (R-Bedford) and

Feds Move to Replace Lenders With the Post Office

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

'Wire' Creator David Simon Censors Rebuttal to his Anti-Constitution Rant

'Wire' Creator David Simon Censors Rebuttal to his Anti-Constitution Rant

My rebuttal to author/television producer David Simon’s peculiar rant trashing conservatives, constitutional constructionalism, and the film 12 Years A Slave resulted in an even more peculiar exchange on his blog. Normally, I’d dismiss blog exchanges as petty, but I realized this

Why We Love Hannibal, Tony Soprano and Walter White

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

'Prisoners' Squanders Theological Potential, Embraces Nihilism

'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” worthy. Now comes Prisoners, a relentlessly grim, ponderous tutorial in amateur character and

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

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

The Unsung List: Actress Michelle Forbes

The Unsung List: Actress Michelle Forbes

There is so much content out there that sometimes, things just get lost in the mix, and great participants don’t always get their due.  I’m beginning an occasional series focusing on the most under-appreciated talent in Hollywood. There are no firm

Parent Company Has No Comment on No Oversight at Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Parent Company Has No Comment on No Oversight at Fort Worth Star-Telegram

In my investigative piece into the Tarrant Regional Water District Board, I questioned why the Fort Worth Star-Telegram ignored citizen requests over a five-year period to investigate allegations of corruption at the agency.  I found it especially odd considering the

The Politics of Apocalyptic Cinema: Embracing Hope in Hopeless Scenarios

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

Liberal Critics Miss Point of David Mamet's 'Phil Spector' Allegory

Liberal Critics Miss Point of David Mamet's 'Phil Spector' Allegory

It is nearly impossible to read a review of David Mamet’s work now without the critic noting the playwright’s conservative politics. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, because politics is downstream from culture. The problem is that most critics are liberal,

How Obamacare Will Devastate Non-Profits

How Obamacare Will Devastate Non-Profits

While certain Americans cheer the establishment of Obamacare, many fear the ultimate economic impact of the legislation.  Certainly there is a way to solve the health care crisis in this country, and many say that Obamacare is better than nothing. 

Netflix is the Studios' Pawn, Not The Opposing Queen

Netflix is the Studios' Pawn, Not The Opposing Queen

I know it’s risky to take the other side of an issue from Defender of Liberty Ben Shapiro lest I end up like Piers Morgan. However, on the issue of Netflix, I am fairly confident in my contrarian analysis as I

Big Movie Flashback: 'Lake of Fire' Offers Must-See Abortion Chronicle

Big Movie Flashback: 'Lake of Fire' Offers Must-See Abortion Chronicle

Tony Kaye’s 2006 documentary Lake of Fire could have been an American masterpiece, and the definitive film about abortion. Nevertheless, the director of the outstanding American History X has made the most comprehensive, insightful, and inflammatory documentary about every aspect of

The James Bond Chronicles: Best of the Franchise

The James Bond Chronicles: Best of the Franchise

So here we are at last, three years after I began reviewing the James Bond series, and it’s time to announce my choices for the best elements of the entire series. You have to hand it to the Broccoli family

The James Bond Chronicles: Best of the Dalton-Brosnan-Craig Era

The James Bond Chronicles: Best of the Dalton-Brosnan-Craig Era

Having now finished with the second Bond era (Roger Moore + Sean Connery’s return), it’s time to for the “best of” list. As with my first outing, and then my second, I’ve created The Bond Oscars, in which I acknowledge

The James Bond Chronicles: 'Skyfall'

The James Bond Chronicles: 'Skyfall'

Despite a strong first half and some great character material, “Skyfall” craters thanks to a boring second half, lackluster villain, and plot holes galore. This review contains gigantic spoilers. From The Beginning… “Skyfall” gets off to a great start –

The James Bond Chronicles: "Casino Royale"

The James Bond Chronicles: "Casino Royale"

Like most origin stories, “Casino Royale” makes for great storytelling. Unlike most origin stories, however, it is executed with near perfection. Bond. Daniel Craig. Talk about an introduction. Steely eyed. Brawler. Cold-blooded killer. Rugged good looks. A man’s man in every sense of the word. And in

The James Bond Chronicles: "Tomorrow Never Dies"

The James Bond Chronicles: "Tomorrow Never Dies"

Not as strong as “GoldenEye,” and with a villain that is too arch, “Tomorrow Never Dies” nonetheless boasts outstanding action scenes and a good script. Brosnan, Bond Pierce Brosnan settles into his role as Bond in this outing, carrying out

The James Bond Chronicles: "GoldenEye"

The James Bond Chronicles: "GoldenEye"

Before “reboot” entered the pop culture lexicon, there was “GoldenEye.” The movie is one of the absolute best of the entire James Bond series, due in no small part to a terrific character-heavy script from Michael France, Jeffrey Caine, and

PBS Prefers Kids Suffering over Private Healthcare Solution

PBS Prefers Kids Suffering over Private Healthcare Solution

If there’s an opportunity for the MSM to demonize private enterprise, you can bet they’ll jump on it. That’s certainly been the case with Dental Service Organizations, such as Kool Smiles. These are groups of private dental practices aggregated under one

ABC's Moral Imperative to Release 'Path to 9/11' on DVD

ABC's Moral Imperative to Release 'Path to 9/11' on DVD

Last year, I wrote an essay asking whether anyone could ever truly make a film about 9/11.  As with the Holocaust, some occurrences are so overwhelming that while it is essential that we be able to contextualize them in film, it may

Proof of an Out of Control EPA

Proof of an Out of Control EPA

Nobody would argue against reasoned and thoughtful regulation of American business.  However, there is a stark contrast between prudent action and the obviously job-killing tactics of the Environmental Protection Agency.  Enough is enough, and today’s case study demonstrates that the

Payday Loans: Bias from Financial Reporters

Payday Loans: Bias from Financial Reporters

There are some issues that are so emotional that even financial reporters can’t get past their feelings and instead focus on the facts of the free market. In this case, it’s a really great financial journalist named Herb Greenberg on

Another Anti-Capitalist Community Organizer

Another Anti-Capitalist Community Organizer

Quinn Rallins is the Executive Director for Birmingham Faith In Action. This young gentleman has decided to devote himself to “build a better Birmingham by working to ensure skilled, committed leaders of faith can effectively organize on issues of concern in