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The Post: Film Review

In a time where our government is concerned with manipulating and misdirecting the media to create doubts and confusion, it is heartening to watch a film like The Post and know that newspapers in this country were once the bastions of truth, the essential element of checks and balances that held our leaders to higher standard. Director Steven Spielberg has captured in The Post a cautionary tale, one that reminds those who deliver our news that they have a solemn duty to get at the heart of every truth, so hold our leaders responsible for their egregious choices and behavior.

I, Tonya: Film Review

For those of us who lived through the 1990s, the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan debacle will forever be ensconced in our minds (along with the Amy Fisher/Joey Buttafuoco incident) as the beginnings of tabloid caliber events being treated as compelling news journalism. With the 1994 Olympics on the horizon, figure skaters Harding and Kerrigan were both vying for a position on the US Olympic team. On January 6 of that same year, Kerrigan was attacked by a man who struck her on the right knee with a baton (her landing leg for her on-ice stunts). The man was traced back to Jeff Gillooly, Harding’s on-again/off-again husband. The FBI became involved and the question was, “Did this plan to fell Kerrigan trace its way back to Harding?” The whole thing played out like a paternity test episode of Maury Povich.

The Greatest Showman: Film Review

The sixteen-year-old version of myself probably would have loved the film The Greatest Showman. It’s a movie musical that paints with broad strokes of emotion, sings with melodies of gloriously exhilarating repetition, and it celebrates the misfits of the world, making the idealistic assumption that if we just believe hard enough, the world will embrace us. On one level, it is a musical fantasy and should be enjoyed by anyone who can subscribe to such misguided optimism. On another level, the adult version of myself wants to slap the sixteen-year-old in me for being so naïve, so eager to embrace such folderal and humbug. But then, The Greatest Showman is based on the life of flim-flam man Phineas Taylor Barnum, the man who supposedly said, “There’s a sucker born every minute” (There is no evidence that he actually did), so buying into folderal is exactly what this tale is about. To a degree, I must admit that I bought into this film. Even if it isn’t perfect, its colorful world of humbug makes you feel good. It’s illusion instead of substance, but that can transport just as easily.

Nine Things About The Last Jedi that Failed Audiences

SPOILERS AHEAD – Don’t read on if you haven’t seen The Last Jedi yet!

Disney just released the latest Star Wars film The Last Jedi, a film that is receiving a mixed reception from ardent fans who feel that this installment is a major misstep in this iconic film franchise. I, myself, was dismayed and disappointed by this film. Let down by the supernova sized plot problems, unanswered questions, and abrupt deaths that are casually glossed over, I am at a loss as to how this film was ever allowed to become the final product that it is. Here are nine key reasons why I, a lifelong Star Wars fan, am dubious of the direction that the franchise is headed.