Everybody Hates Capitalism but Nobody Hates Netflix

Remember when you had to go to Blockbuster to rent an actual movie? You had to get there Friday before 6:00 pm to make sure the newest releases were still in stock. Enter Netflix. It not only saved a trip to the store, but after experimenting with mailing DVD’s, it started streaming movies via the … Continued

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Donald Trump and the Rise of Hate Comedy

Did you hear the one about the President of the United States having oral sex with Russian leader Vladimir Putin? It’s a knee slapper. And there’s much more like it heading our way. The only question remaining, perhaps, is a simple one: How low can modern comedians go when it comes to our current Commander … Continued

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Bill Nye, the Ideological Science Guy

You may remember Bill Nye from Bill Nye the Science Guy, the beloved 90s kid’s science show. But Nye’s new Netflix show, modestly titled Bill Nye Saves the World, targets adults—and ruins his legacy in the process. Saves the World tackles contemporary issues like GMOs, artificial intelligence, and homeopathy. Nye tries to explain with his … Continued

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Oprah, Henrietta Lacks and the Little Red Hen

Michael Finkel is a writer in Montana who read the news on his smartphone one morning and came across an intriguing story. Police in Maine had arrested the elusive Sasquatch of a man known as the “North Pond hermit,” a loner suspected in more than 1,000 burglaries over a quarter of a century. While thousands … Continued

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Sympathy for the Medieval Dorks of ‘Forged in Fire’

I would like to get the people who talk about the “filmic text” of Mad Men or the “ludic aspect” of Game of Thrones to watch more demotic TV—you know, the pleasantly mindless stuff. One could write a whole dissertation on the priapic anxiety of Don Draper and Tony Soprano and still say less about … Continued

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is Less Relevant Than Ever in Trump’s America

“The Handmaid’s Tale: A Newly Resonant Dystopia Comes to TV.” “In Trump’s America, The Handmaid’s Tale Matters More Than Ever.” “’The Handmaid’s Tale’ dystopia is captivating, especially now that reality is more dramatic than fiction.” “’The Handmaid’s Tale’: Enraging, riveting and scarily relevant.” Everyone seems to agree that Margaret Atwood’s 1986 bestselling novel deserves a … Continued

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Are Kids’ Movies Too Violent?

In a recent interview, beloved actor Dick Van Dyke, who is currently filming a Mary Poppins sequel scheduled for release next year, raised a concern that the graphic violence and scary intensity of today’s video games and movies are having a detrimental influence on generations of young viewers. So many productions today are “all gunfire … Continued

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