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Do we worship Thomas Jefferson?

In the Spongebob Squarepants film, Patrick looks at the icons on his underwear and realizes that he indeed worships the Goofy Goober. He and his friend Spongebob are not only fans of the fictional peanut, they live for him. The more I read the news, the more I see accusations that we “worship” Jefferson, or […]

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Does religion cause war?

It has been ten years since a small group of men hijacked a few planes and flew themselves into buildings.  Their cause appears to have been a religious one. But we forget that millions of other people with the same religion don’t fly planes into buildings.  More significantly than that, other men flew themselves into […]

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Who needs dialogue anyway?

In film school, we usually learn to shoot without dialogue.  Historians nostalgically look back to the silent era.  Purists, like Hitchcock, have complained that today’s movies are too talky. But aren’t we a bit hard on dialogue?  Even Eisenstein, the famous Russian formalist known for his silent “montage”, saw it’s uses.

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Social Networking Promotes Garbage

A friend of mine… Do me a favor… could you please vote for… if you vote for me, I’ll vote for you… You sick of these messages yet? Gone are the days when critics and filmmakers were two different breeds of people.  Gone are the days when critics were professionals, who were not anonymous but […]

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