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Kung Fu Panda 2: review

When I first saw Kung Fu Panda 2, I was under the impression that it was banned in China. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Po battle the evil peacock, but the “news” affected what I saw on screen. If you’ve been following show business “news”, you know that China has been accused of banning American films.

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Did Jefferson support a Balanced Budget amendment?

Back in 1997, when a Balanced Budget amendment was put forth by the US Senate, the Committee on the Judiciary quoted Thomas Jefferson almost from the start. Towards the top of Senator Orrin Hatch’s report it affirms that “the public debt is one of the greatest dangers to be feared by a republican government.” On […]

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Ten great British history films.

On screenjunkies.com, Honora James made a list of the top ten “English historical movies”, whatever that means.  Not only did Honora list a flick about a Scot as the top “English movie”, but she left out a few of the treasures that show the Sceptred Isle in its true splendor. So, I’ve made my own list […]

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Gods and Generals: Review

Watching Gods and Generals feels more like a reading a history book than watching a movie.  I don’t mean because the film is so long (the version I saw was three and a half hours. *), nor is it because there are so many words thrown across the screen.

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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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