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Columnists: Reading the signs

posted: 07/26/2016 2:27 a.m. Comments 4

There are no Trump signs in my neighborhood.

Critical Mass: Crystal Bridges folk exhibit wasn’t all made by ‘artists’

posted: 07/24/2016 2:42 a.m. Discuss

"... In order correctly to define art, it is necessary, first of all, to cease to consider it as a means to pleasure and to consider it as one of the conditions of human life. Viewing it in this way we cannot fail to observe that art is one of the means of intercourse between man and man."

You can't always get what you want

posted: 07/24/2016 2:10 a.m. Comments 4

As the events in Cleveland last week demonstrated, there are different sorts of people in this country. I don't pretend to understand all of them, some of them seem very unlike me. They value things that I don't, they dismiss things that I feel are very important. Some of them, for instance, like to rollerblade. I don't get that at all.

On Film: 17th Show of Shows sets festival of shorts

posted: 07/22/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

I remember sitting in a ratty theater in Tempe, Ariz., in 1992. That's where I first saw Mike Judge's characters Beavis & Butt-Head as part of Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. For some reason, "Frog Baseball" had a pretty big effect on me. It wasn't exactly like seeing Hiroshima, Mon Amour when I was in college, but it definitely alerted me to possibilities I hadn't previously considered.

Review: Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

posted: 07/22/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Look, there's really no cinematic value to Dinesh D'Souza's latest film Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.

Something happenin' here

posted: 07/19/2016 2:48 a.m. Comments 3

I'm nervous about Cleveland.

Critical Mass: Knocking back some sizzlers this summer

posted: 07/17/2016 2:19 a.m. Comment 1

Summer is supposedly the time of shirked responsibilities and lowered expectations, when we read books free of intellectual content and watch mindless spectacles in cavernous theaters with good air conditioning.

Columnists: Battling the minions from hell

posted: 07/17/2016 1:53 a.m. Comments 28

Truth is, it doesn't have that much to do with guns.

ON FILM: First Ghostbusters all right with spirits

posted: 07/15/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

We smuggled liquor into the movie theater.

Columnists: What you don't have to do

posted: 07/12/2016 3:14 a.m. Comments 4

You don't have to be brave.

Columnists: This is why we all love a parade

posted: 07/10/2016 1:48 a.m. Comment 1

We have a parade in our neighborhood every July 4.

On Film: Flotsam vs. finery of summer cinema

posted: 07/08/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

The key to enjoying summer movies is managing expectations. Finding Dory seemed to me to be more about the deep blues and greens of the visual palette than the re-integration of family, and in the end it devolves to obligatory slapstick action designed to make kiddies chuckle.

You can still change your mind

posted: 07/05/2016 2:12 a.m. Discuss

When was the last time you changed your mind?

On Books: Math Myth's case doesn't quite add up

posted: 07/03/2016 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Chevy Chase played Gerald Ford without the aid of makeup or prosthetics. That was part of the joke -- a snarky 32-year-old preppie playing a stolid Midwesterner, an accidental president who despite ample evidence of his intellectual and physical competence (he'd been voted most valuable player by his teammates on the University of Michigan football team) was largely seen as slow-witted and clumsy.

Watching the world go mad

posted: 07/03/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

"When the world goes mad, one must accept madness as sanity; since sanity is, in the last analysis, nothing but the madness on which the whole world happens to agree."

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