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Category Archives: Culture

United States: Confederate Flag Issue is a Distraction

Faced with yet more reason to resolve two major issues, the United States has once again shown it’s astounding ability to focus on immaterial issues. After the terrorist assassinations of … Continue reading

July 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Culture: Get Ready for the Horror of the Fall Movie Season

Most suicides in the United States take place in the fall and holiday season. Experts have suggested a number of reasons for this spike: everything from people having no friends, … Continue reading

September 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Culture: The Long Ranger Flops and the Next Pirates Movie Shudders

Johnny Depp’s new big budget extravaganza The Long Ranger is collapsing at the US box office. Made at a budget of over $250 million, this revisionist take on a one-popular … Continue reading

July 4, 2013 · 4 Comments

Movies: Silver Linings Playbook is a Traditional Rom-Com Dressed Up in a Sheen of Critical Positivity

It’s notoriously difficult to mount a successful romantic comedy (rom-com) because even though the movie is composed of a humorous plot and romantic ideals, one can never get over the … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Movies: The Bourne Legacy is The Phantom Menace of the Bourne Series

Movie trilogies are tricky because they almost always implode under the weight of self-designed expectations. In most cases, the first film is not designed to be part of a trilogy … Continue reading

December 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

France: You Guys Seriously Don’t Support Same-Sex Marriage!

Despite large scale demonstrations expressing support for same-sex marriage, French president Francois Hollande’s administration remains mired in trouble regarding this issue. The newly elected president, already reeling from the negative … Continue reading

December 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Movies: The Hobbit is Another Example of Why the Taliban Hate Us or How My Admiration for Peter Jackson Turned into Pure Unadulterated Hatred for Him and New Zealand

Most people in the United States and around the world met Peter Jackson upon the release of the first “Lord of the Rings” movie. A relatively lean cinematic experience, filled … Continue reading

December 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

US Culture: War on Christmas Vs War on Religion

Every December, like clockwork, Christian conservative television and radio show personalities, politicians, and individuals start talking about the War on Christmas, and about how God-fearing Christians aren’t allowed to celebrate … Continue reading

December 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Culture: Men Find Joy in Marriage as Older Divorces Increase

The one thing that has always impressed me about the baby boomer generation is their ability to remain an influential force in the general culture. Conventional wisdom states that this … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

US Culture: The Only Reason for Family is Shopping

Since the end of the political season a few weeks ago, Americans have been going through an intense detoxification period. While that may be a good thing, it isn’t pleasant … Continue reading

November 25, 2012 · 2 Comments