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Category Archives: Entertainment

Movies: Will Smith’s Focus Shows his Strength

The new Will Smith movie, Focus, opened below expectations over this past weekend and entertainment experts started salivating over the prospect of the decline of yet another box office superstar. … Continue reading

March 3, 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

India: “Talaash” is an Interesting Mix of Genres

If you are looking for escapism then you can’t go wrong with a Hindi movie. The stories in most of these movies make no sense but the films themselves work … Continue reading

December 11, 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

Movies: Skyfall Sets Up Bond for Connery

The James Bond movies used to follow a specific pattern regardless of who was playing the primary character. Casino Royale changed the format because, as a reboot, it allowed the … Continue reading

November 11, 2012 · 2 Comments

Movies: Spielberg’s Timing Fails Lincoln

President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of these United States, is known throughout the world for his many accomplishments including the Emancipation Proclamation, developing wicked forearms, writing eloquent speeches, escaping … Continue reading

November 10, 2012 · 2 Comments

Books: “A Wanted Man” by Lee Child More Ehhh Than Wow

The new Jack Reacher mystery, A Wanted Man, is out and continues the character’s journey towards … something. In this latest book, Reacher is journeying towards Virginia – the state not … Continue reading

November 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Movies: In Appreciation of Quantum of Solace

As the US prepares itself for the unveiling of the latest Bond movie, I thought this would be a good time to look back at the last Bond movie, Quantum … Continue reading

October 31, 2012 · 2 Comments

US Elections: Unregistered Voter, Stay Unregistered

Every four years, everyone starts talking about the importance of voting and how we should encourage everyone to go out and vote. Political parties start big voter registration drives in … Continue reading

October 1, 2012 · Leave a comment