Art and Culture

Libertymás, A Holiday for the Rest of Us

– December 8, 2019

In the spirit of Seinfeld’s Festivus, the holiday “for the rest of us,” I proffer Libertymás. It’s Spanglish for “more liberty” rather than short for liberty’s mass, a la Michaelmas. (The key is that little mark above the a.) Every holiday needs its lo …

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Art and Culture

Is it Proper for Men to Be Creative with Formal Wear?

– December 6, 2019

Only modern capitalistic economies created a glorious opportunity for everyone to dress in the attire reserved for the royalty of old. We democratized formality, and there’s no better time to show precisely how this works than during the holiday season.

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Art and Culture

The Remarkable Power of “The Irishman”

– December 2, 2019

Hardly a day goes by — certainly no major holiday or sporting event does — where American military personnel aren’t breathlessly thanked for their service. Frank Sheeran — “The Irishman” — is the dark, shattered underbelly of that service.

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Art and Culture

See Ford v Ferrari to Restore Your Faith in Movies

– November 29, 2019

Just when you think politics is ruining everything in American life, at the very moment when we’ve all just come to assume that every movie out there will have a manipulative message designed to beat back our bourgeois sensibilities and turn them into …

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Art and Culture
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Frozen II: Saved by Blessedly Superficial Viewers

– November 24, 2019

The great news is that, so far as I can tell, viewers aren’t very interested in the climate-crisis-post-colonial-critical-theory-identitarian elements of the story and prefer to think mainly about the cute fire gekko, Elsa’s taming of the icy horse, and Anna’s awesome boots.

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Art and Culture, Socialism
The Joker

The Joker and the Ideology of Destructionism

– October 7, 2019

The Joker is not just one man, not just a crazy person, but the instantiation of the insane and morbid dangers associated with persistent personal failure backed by a conviction that when there is a fundamental conflict between a vision and reality, it can only be solved by the creation of chaos and suffering.

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Art and Culture, Economic Education
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Luce Brings Light to the Age of Anxiety

– September 1, 2019

The film Luce is beautiful, haunting, and profound precisely because it doesn’t take the easy path. It doesn’t disguise the underlying truth that our endless search for saints to canonize and witches to burn is nothing but a cover for our failure to deal with the much less dramatic troubles in our own lives. 

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Art and Culture
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The Obama Film American Factory Backfires

– August 26, 2019

The Obamas may have intended to make a film about workplace culture clashes, but American Factory is at its core damning snapshot of American labor entitlement in an age of increasing globalization.

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Art and Culture, Capitalism, Economic Education
The Pursuit - Capitalism

The Film Capitalism Needs Right Now

– August 24, 2019

Something tells me that if we are ever going to regain the footing in public culture, the Brooks path might be the one to make it happen.

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Art and Culture, Economic Education
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What Is the Point of Jason Momoa’s Bodyguards?

– August 4, 2019

Imagine there are two people, Jason and Namor, and they have these production possibilities for crimes prevented and movies made per year.

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