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A Love Letter to ‘Suicide Squad’ by John Ostrander

June 5, 2013
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A Love Letter to ‘Suicide Squad’ by John Ostrander

John Ostrander's classic run still holds up. It's not so much seeing Captain Boomerang taking down a super-speedster; it's the fact that Boomerang kicks him over a cliff afterward that partly encapsulates the soul of the series.
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‘Queen of Versailles’: Money, Greed, Excess (Perfect Holiday Film?)

December 14, 2012
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‘Queen of Versailles’: Money, Greed, Excess (Perfect Holiday Film?)

The Queen of Versailles (directed by Lauren Greenfield) is an excellent, fascinating, compelling documentary about money, greed, excess, and ultimately what all that does to a person.
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Alanis Goes ‘Christian Rock’–Sort of–and Again Uplifts Men

June 14, 2012
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Alanis Goes ‘Christian Rock’–Sort of–and Again Uplifts Men

It’s amazing how far a woman can get with a man through some positive encouragement and uplifting praise. In a way, submits the author, Alanis Morissette’s music has a lot in common with Christian worship.
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Prometheus: Should Scott Have Gone Back to the Well?

June 12, 2012
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Prometheus: Should Scott Have Gone Back to the Well?

Does Ridley Scott's beautiful and engrossing return to sci-fi overcome its late-movie cliches? 'Prometheus' reviewed.
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Elway’s Colossal Choke

March 21, 2012
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Elway’s Colossal Choke

Damn you, John Elway. You blew it. Choked. Fumbled in the Red Zone. You abandoned Tim Tebow, a rising football star, a cash-cow machine, and potential franchise player, for the hope of a quick Super Bowl trophy. What’s wrong with you?
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The Secret World of Arrietty Bears Mark of Miyazaki

February 22, 2012
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The Secret World of Arrietty Bears Mark of Miyazaki

It’s a sad fact that one day, we will live in a world without Hayao Miyazaki actively making movies. What we have in The Secret World of Arrietty is perhaps the next best thing to a film directed by Miyazaki. It’s a film written by Miyazaki and to some extent “planned” by him....
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Fall into the Glitter: Why Adam Lambert will continue to fail commercially . . .

February 12, 2012
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Fall into the Glitter: Why Adam Lambert will continue to fail commercially . . .

The man who revolutionized “American Idol” in 2009 with his stunning live performances is back with his second album. But from the sounds of his first single, his best days may be well behind him, or far ahead of him. Advice for a potential superstar.
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How the Mainstream Press Affected the Outcomes of Three High-Profile Criminal Cases

December 5, 2011
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How the Mainstream Press Affected the Outcomes of Three High-Profile Criminal Cases

Does the mainstream press play a role in the results of high-profile crime trials? In 2011, it seems as though it did.
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‘Drive’ Thrives on Full Tank of Style, Narrative

October 10, 2011
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‘Drive’ Thrives on Full Tank of Style, Narrative

Drive, starring the currently ubiquitous Ryan Gosling, is in part an homage to Walter Hill’s The Driver (1978) and quite an earnest endeavor: a post-modernist situation lacking most of the tropes and characteristics of the post-modern film.
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Degrees of Fandom: Jon Westhoff on the ‘Low Concept’ Comic Anthology

August 29, 2011
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Degrees of Fandom: Jon Westhoff on the ‘Low Concept’ Comic Anthology

"Low Concept: An 11 O'Clock Comics Anthology," was recently published. It weighs in at an impressive near-140 pages... and it took some doing. This comic book was all fan created in the name of a podcast that in turn celebrates comic book fandom, and the straw stirring the drink was O.O.'s very own Jon...
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