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question of the day: Does it help or hurt when real-life cops connect the Times Square would-be bombing to Jack Bauer and ‘24’?

It was bad enough when politicians and pundits hellbent on turning the United States into some sort of Orwellian nightmare of vanished civil liberties, all in the name of keeping us “safe,” invoked the right-wing wet dream that is Jack Bauer and 24. From high-tech toys that spy on anybody to the right to torture … more…

‘Lost’ blogging: “Sundown”

(previous: “Lighthouse”) There’s no way to “review” or “analyze” or even “discuss” this show on an episode-by-episode basis — it’s more like you just have to react and try to guess what the hell is going on. So I’m not even gonna try to impose any sense or reason upon it: I’m just going to … more…

trailer break: ‘District 13: Ultimatum’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… I found the original District 13 to be a lot of awesome style and very little substance of interest, and this looks like more of the same. Except with a stolen nuclear bomb thrown in, perhaps we can expect the French equivalent of Jack Bauer to be … more…

question of the day: How will the change represented by the incoming Obama administration be reflected in movies, TV, and other pop culture?

At noon today on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. Not to give the man too much power, but… How will the change represented by the incoming Obama administration be reflected in movies, TV, and other pop culture? … more…