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watch it: “Make Mine Freedom (1948)”

Yeah, it’s a bit dated. I doubt anyone today would want to hear that things were actually pretty awesome during the Great Depression. And it’s both laughable and sad that it’s promoted as a good thing that Americans drive more cars than anyone else on the planet. We rock! Until the oil runs out! But … more…

trailer break: ‘Proud American’

Take a break from work: watch a movie trailer… Please remove your hats and stand for this trailer: Did you count them? Not one, not two, not three, not four: Five. Five stories ripped from the Hallmark Channel by way of the 700 Club. In IMAX. With the stars-and-stripes waving behind them. And Toby Keith … more…

watch it: “Kid Rock Warrior Video”

This is one of the most horrifying things I’ve ever seen, and yet, it shocks me not: It’s like one of those bits of propaganda in Starship Troopers, which — like much of our satire — is looking less like satire every day. I’m not sure which is more appalling: the likening of NASCAR drivers … more…

Television Under the Swastika (review)

The Nazi Channel When you think “early television,” you think Ernie Kovacs and The Twilight Zone and Edward R. Murrow and I Love Lucy and quiz scandals and Rockefeller Center and the NBC peacock and doctors endorsing cigarettes. Turns out, though, that the 1950s were not the beginning of TV as a mass medium: that … more…