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Who should play former President Richard Milhous Nixon?

My generation knows the 37th President of the USA through two sound bytes. In the pro Nixon camp, Dr. Spock famously advised us that “Only Nixon could go to China.”  The Anti-Nixonites however, use Richard’s own words against him: “I am not a crook.”

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Pedro de Soza

451 years ago today, Pedro de Soza was secretly murdered by the inquisition in Antwerp. The official method of execution for “heresy” of being a male Anabaptist was being burt to death.  However, the people of Antwerp didn’t like it when the foreign government killed innocent people. Many protestants, free thinkers and tolerant Catholics could revolt at the […]

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Who should play the current president?

Let’s get this straight, Denzel Washington looks nothing like Barrack Obama. Ok, he may look more like Obama than Drew Barrymore does, but the resemblance is limited. But once their mouths start moving, Obama and Washington resemble each other almost perfectly. Remember Philadelphia? The way Washington spewed a lot of hot air, but got you […]

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Why download movies when you can fly them over?

The BBC reports that pigeons beat broadband for delivering large digital data files like movies.  They beat the ISPs in South Africa, and now they beat them here in Britain. Maybe we found our “alternative” form of film distribution after all.

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Does Freedom of Speech only apply to US citizens?

If I understand Yahoo news correctly, a British teenager has been banned from going to the US.  His crime?  He doesn’t like the American president. (more here) Well, I’m an American citizen.  I’m proud of our constitution.  I don’t like hearing foreigners insulting my President.  So, what’s my view on this kid?

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Do Brazil’s movies give the country a bad name?

Yes, Brazilians make movies too.  You might have seen one of them, if you’re into the art scene and reading subtitles. Oh, and not only do they make films, they also complain that the movies don’t accurately depict their country.

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Four films I wish I could see on DVD

INT. VIDEO RENTAL SHOP VASCO, accompanied by a SMALL CHILD, walks up to the counter looking lost.  Two of the EMPLOYEES take a step backwards before he says a word, the third is transfixed to the television set, watching reruns of “Friends”. VASCO Excuse me, do you have Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. One of the employees […]

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How is character related to plot?

Character and plot are two different words.  So why do so many self-proclaimed experts say that “character is plot”?  (Are they just copying F. Scott Fitzgerald? Or do they have a point?) The extreme film where character “is” plot is The Muppets Christmas Carol.  (this post contains spoilers.)

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Are you a street artist on the Internet Superhighway?

Remember that “professional” photographer who took a polaroid of you on the beach without asking? Then he had the nerve to ask you for five bucks (when the dollar was the international currency)? Well, today he’s been replaced by the MySpace musician who has emailed you a link to his song. You listen to it, […]

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Why is there so much bad career advice on the Internet?

There’s an old saying that “if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys”. Most “free” resume advice exists to make you feel like you can’t write one yourself. That attitude sells the resume writer’s services. Good advice can also be used as a sales pitch for more good advice, but in that case it can be […]