Last time, we remembered the birth of a Homicidal Robot called The Terminator, a personification of the fears in nineteen eighties. Whether a metallic robot or an action hero, Arnold “Arnie” Schwarzenegger played characters with tough little sayings. Arnie could make a cliché cool, but it was all about getting straight to the point. While […]
Last time, we remembered when the early twentieth century was the future. While Bill Cosby represented everything that was good, Arnold (Arnie) Schwarzenegger’s Terminator represented everything we felt was oppressive about 1984.
As we said last time, in the mid 1980’s, we had big hopes for the future. The year 2015 would feature flying cars, hovering skateboards, inflating vests, and billboards of sharks that ate you. Ordinary kids would use terms from 3d design in their slang.
Last time, we reintroduced the “me” generation. We told you that one writer represented everything good about the eighties. And you asked us who that was. In the 1980s, everything was planned ahead. Before a film was made, they had a screenplay. So while Back to The Future didn’t hit the screens until 1985, many people already […]
In 1984 we had Ronald Reagan, the Tupperware Party, Steve Jobs, Bob Hope, and Back to the Future. 27 years later we have Barrack Obama and the Tea Party, no Jobs, no Hope and no Future. Reagan is a man who defines an era. The 1980s were known as the “me” generation, a time when […]
“The word Palestinian conjures up images of a brutal armed gunman or a terrorist with no morality or regard for human life.” So says Nida Shoughry in “Dehumanizing the enemy in war coverage: Palestinians through the Israeli lens.”
“Economics and reason alone do not rule history.” says Reginald C Stuart in The Halfway Pacifist. Reginald C. Stuart may present Thomas Jefferson as an idealistic dreamer who is out of touch with human nature, an “Anglophobe” and even a “fatherly” despot, but one gets the feeling that Stuart likes Jefferson despite everything.
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.
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 […]
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 […]