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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

What’s the story behind the possible end of Snopes? Yes, it’s a true story. Sadly, it’s a typical new media battle over who will control a web site. Truly hope this ends well. How do reporters (or anyone else) authenticate … Continue reading

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Listing Beatles Songs, 21st Century Movies, and Frank DeFord Stories

For some reason, lists of things have been popping up in my reading over the last several days.  Here are several worth taking a look at: Beatles Songs Ranked From Worst to Best Vulture has put out a ranking of … Continue reading

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Are ‘Contact’ and ‘Prometheus’ essentially the same movie?

  I recently saw the 1997 science fiction movie Contact on streaming for the first time, nearly 20 years after its initial release.  And as I watched it, I was immediately struck by how many ways it resembled director Ridley Scott’s Alien … Continue reading

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An Unwelcome X-Men Mutation

I just recently rewatched X-Men: Days of Future Past and was struck again by what a good super hero movie it was. It handled the mythos and back story well, it had characters following consistent motivation, and it had characters … Continue reading

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Taking a look back at the summer movie season

It’s been a rough summer for the movie industry, with a lot of big budget movies stumbling and barely making a profit, and the industry as a whole having its second worst summer since 2001. Vox’s Todd VanDerWerf has a … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on Captain America, IMAX and 3-D

I went to see Captain America: Civil War yesterday at the IMAX theater in 3-D, in which Marvel continues to show that super hero movies can tell stories of personal and political substance. While I have enjoyed most of the … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

How did Google pass Apple to become world’s most valuable company? Bad question, because most of the time it isn’t – but Google is sometimes.  Investors bullish on Google/Alphabet’s future; wondering what Apple’s next big product will be. Why is … Continue reading

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Everyone’s Gone to the Bollywood Movies

NOTE: I wanted to update some of my Bollywood materials and examples, so here is a fresh post with some old and some new material. I generally show the following clip from Bollywood musical Mohabbatein in class as a way to get … Continue reading

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The Original Cat Video … from 1894!

You all no doubt think you are of the “cat video” generation. You think your generation invented the short video of cute cats doing cute things. But you are wrong! Thomas Edison’s studios shot the first cat video back in … Continue reading

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Go See Coen Bros. Movie “Hail, Caesar”!

Went to see Hail, Caeser! the latest movie from the Coen Brothers last night. Here’s my take on it: It is a wack job of a movie.  But I mean that in a good way.  There is almost no way to … Continue reading

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