Monthly Archives: February 2013

When Nominations Complicate Oscar Forecasting

There’s an interesting problem in trying to predict the winner of the Academy Award for Best Director. The two people who have won the award the most in the other ceremonies: Ben Affleck for Argo, and Kathryn Bigelow for Zero … Continue reading

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What to Watch: West Wing

Earlier, I mentioned West Wing as a show that had survived the departure of a popular showrunner. It’s one of my favorite television programs ever, and available on netflix, although a few episodes aren’t worth watching. On President’s Day, it seems … Continue reading

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The Most Ambitious Presidents

When state legislators look in the mirror, they see congressmen and statewide office holders (state treasurers, lieutenant governors, state attorney generals, etc.) When congressmen and statewide office holders look in the mirror, they see governors and senators. When governors and … Continue reading

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Orson Scott Card’s Views and Superman

There was a tempest in a teapot in the last few days, as some people were upset at the announcement that Orson Scott Card is scheduled to write about 14 pages worth of Superman for an online DC anthology. It … Continue reading

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That other movie about a child’s view of Louisiana

The similarities between Ben Zeitlin’s Best Picture/ Best Director/ Best Actress nominated Beasts of the Suthern Wild, and Robert J. Flaherty‘s Louisiana Story, once one of the most acclaimed movies ever, and now an example of how tastes in film have changed significantly.. Continue reading

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The President Elected in 2016 will probably not be…

Yesterday, Taegan Goddard gave three reasons Marco Rubio is unlikely to be the Republican party’s presidential nominee. He’s probably right. As is anyone who makes a similar case against any other potential candidate. Christopher Bedford of the Daily Caller had a … Continue reading

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Community and the showrunner problem

Yesterday was the first episode of Community after showrunner Dan Harmon got fired. It was okay, although I’m slightly worried about what’s coming next. It’s difficult to appreciate the episode on its own merits, when you’re aware of all the … Continue reading

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