Dec 24, 2009

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Merry Christmas, Infidels!

It was about twenty years ago when I first noticed that the greeting “Merry Christmas” was being replaced by the bland, neutral “Season’s Greetings” and “Happy Holidays.” I asked a school teacher of my acquaintance, a benighted liberal who is an infallible barometer of the latest currents of political correctness, why this was happening. I...

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Nov 28, 2009

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The Road:
The Feel-Bad Movie of the Apocalypse

Editor’s Note: The reviewer discusses the ending of the film in very general terms. While not technically a spoiler, I thought that readers should nevertheless be warned. The Road makes The Road Warrior look like a utopia. Based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy and directed by John Hillcoat, The Road stars Viggo Mortensen and Kodi McPhee as a father and his little boy struggling...

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Nov 20, 2009

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Twilight: New Moon Doesn’t Suck

The news is: the movie of New Moon, the second installment of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, doesn’t suck—in the vulgar, colloquial, non-vampire sense of the word—although all the signs were certainly there. First, the book of New Moon is terrible: nearly 600 pages of pedestrian prose, glacially paced, padded to excruciating lengths not with fluff, but with damp, insipid,...

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Aug 25, 2009

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Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds [sic, sic] has been hyped as World War II action movie-cum-sadistic gorefest. In reality, it is a self-indulgent snorefest. I thought I would need a gin and tonic before I went in, but it turns out what I needed was a cup of coffee. Yes, there is some gore and sadism, but frankly I found myself hoping for more of it. Anything, really,...

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Jun 7, 2009

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More on the Dynamics of Race-Mixing

After the publication of “Race-Mixing: Not Just for Losers Anymore?” a friend sent me a link to a Yahoo article on inter-racial dating. The article, written by an Asian man who actually snared a white woman, contains a  table (below) with useful statistics about inter-racial marriage that confirms one of the points in my article, namely that Asian males and Black...

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Jun 5, 2009

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Not Just for Losers Anymore?

When most people see whites dating non-whites, the immediate assumption is that there is something wrong with the white. Usually the defects are obvious. We know why a homely or obese white woman is sleeping with blacks or Mexicans: they are willing to overlook her faults because she is white. We know why a geeky, acne-scarred white man gravitates towards Asians: they are willing...

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May 2, 2009

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Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight on Film

Catherine Hardwicke’s movie Twilight is based on the first novel of a series by Stephenie Meyer. The books mostly appeal to young women, and the advertisements for the movie screamed “chick flick,” so I gave it a pass when it was released in theaters. But I admire Joss Whedon’s series Angel, about a vampire with a soul, and when I heard that Twilight...

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Apr 18, 2009

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A History of Violence

David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence (New Line Cinema, 2005) is truly a superb movie, with a tight and economical script (the whole story is told in 96 minutes), a remarkably subtle and gripping performance by Viggo Mortensen (his best ever, in my opinion), excellent performances from the rest of the cast, and an unostentatiously elegant directorial style (unmarred by the...

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