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The Multiverse at the Multiplex

The teaser trailer just came out for a new Ghostbusters movie. It’s not exactly a remake; maybe it’s a reboot, with the main difference being that this time the Ghostbusters are chicks (and the writing, judging from the trailer, is awful). But it’s much more than that. This film is planned, not just as an […]

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Five Non-Ayn-Rand Ayn Rand Films

Lost amid news of the renewal of various big movie franchises—the new Star Wars film and a new Star Trek television series—was a small item about a potential new film or miniseries of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, with ancient Hollywood producer Al Ruddy telling the New York Times that he has acquired production rights to […]

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The Varieties of Productive Experience

The latest Steve Jobs movie, imaginatively titled Steve Jobs, has flopped at the box office, and people are asking what went wrong. How could such an iconic subject—and in this case the word “iconic” is used correctly, which almost never happens—not draw the interest of audiences? I went and saw the film, and I don’t […]

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“The Martian” and the Earthlings

There’s one question everyone I know is asking about the film adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel The Martian: Did they mess it up? The book became a surprise self-published bestseller by drawing on a detailed and realistic understanding of the actual science and technology of space transportation—an outstanding example of “hard sci-fi“—to propel a suspenseful […]

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Leonard Nimoy, Icon

He lived long and prospered. Leonard Nimoy died today at the age of 83. In his long acting career, he played other roles and played them very well—but let’s face it: everyone remembers him as Mr. Spock, the enigmatic alien from the Star Trek franchise. It was a role he would return to again and […]

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Peak Leftism

A recent study that has been making the rounds argues that “academic psychology once had considerable political diversity, but has lost nearly all of it in the last 50 years.” The paper examines historical data and concludes that party and ideological affiliation in university psychology departments used to be split close to 50-50. By the […]

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“Global Warming, the Movie,” Starring: Freezing

A funny thing happens when Hollywood tries to portray the horrific negative consequences of global warming: they tend to end up showing an Earth that has frozen over. I noticed this the first time in 2004’s The Day After Tomorrow, where global warming supposedly leads to a global atmospheric inversion that buries New York City […]

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Our Sick National Obsession with ‘Game of Thrones’

When I saw a recent article on how HBO spent $8 million to produce a single episode of the fantasy epic “Game of Thrones,” I realized that we are now seeing the full impact of large-screen, high-definition television on the film industry. With the home viewing experience now able to compete with the silver screen, […]

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