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The Secular Left’s Televangelist Scandal

It didn’t stop with Harvey Weinstein. Of course it didn’t. We all knew he was just the tip of the iceberg. The scandal of powerful men using their position to force their attentions on young women in more or less disgusting ways hasn’t even stopped in Hollywood. It is now spreading to the political media, […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. This week, the main theme is the growth of “anti-humanism.” 1. Secular Anti-Humanism, Part 1 I remember back when conservatives used to complain about “secular humanism.” I always thought the second part, the “humanism” part, was off-base, particularly […]

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We Live in the Dystopia Young Adult Fiction Warns Us About

The past few decades have seen a profusion of “young adult” fiction—books written for a teenage audience—which seem to have a peculiar obsession with future dystopias. There’s the one where everything is controlled by the Capitol and teenagers are forced to fight to the death for a televised audience. There’s the one where teens are […]

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Our Elites Are Corrupt, and I Hope That Doesn’t Surprise You

Breaking News: Hollywood is a den of iniquity. And in other stories, dog bites man. I really hope the Harvey Weinstein scandal was not a surprise to you. For most of us, it merely confirms what we already suspected about the prevailing moral standards in the entertainment industry. Hollywood is hypocritical and morally corrupt? Well, […]

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Tinsel Town’s Twisted Tribute to Itself

That Hollywood loves La La Land, the front-runner for Best Picture at this Sunday’s Oscars, is no surprise. But 14 Oscar nominations? Really? More than Ben-Hur? Sure, Hollywood loves movies about itself. And they love it even better when that movie tells them a flattering story about themselves—in this case, that success in Hollywood is […]

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The Hollywood Empire Strikes Back

I finally got around to seeing the new Star Wars spinoff movie Rogue One. Yes, I have kids, and yes they’re into Star Wars. But they’re too young for us to be dragging them off to see every Star Wars film the moment it comes out, and after mom and dad pre-screened it, we decided […]

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Malthusian Theory Is History

Will the Population Bomb never die? I ask because actor Tom Hanks brought it up while doing publicity for his latest movie based on a Dan Brown novel—yes, unfortunately, another one—in which the overpopulation scare figures prominently. I’ll venture a guess because Dan Brown novels are pretty predictable: the villain will turn out to be […]

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Skip “The Magnificent Seven” and Watch “The Magnificent Seven,” Instead

Today’s Hollywood remakes seem like increasingly desperate attempts to cash in on a familiar name, with no object beyond suckering the unwary into giving the latest dreck a good opening weekend. There was no reason to remake “Ben Hur,” for example, and no attempt (as far as I could tell) to update it or give […]

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An Army of Mary Sues

Star Wars fans have been excited recently by the news that a favorite villain from the franchise’s “extended universe” of spinoff fiction has been promoted into a new regular character in the “official” Star Wars animated TV series “Star Wars: Rebels.” Grand Admiral Thrawn was particularly liked because he is a subtle, sophisticated, cultured villain […]

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Hollywood Baroque

So I sacrificed my two free passes at the fancy new movie theater in town, and an evening in which the kids were staying at grandma and grandpa’s—which is much more valuable—in order to take my wife out to see Batman v Superman. As we left the theater, she asked me whether it was possible […]

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