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“Never Again”

What good is a promise if you don’t know what it means? January 27, 2021 marked a notable event in recent history. It was the 25th anniversary of Holocaust Remembrance Day – a day of sober and reflective gathering to honor and give posthumous dignity to the millions of Jews that were slaughtered by the […]

“The Star Wars Prequels”: Ambiguity and Downfall

“Once more the Sith shall rule the galaxy! And… we shall have peace.“ I will never forget what my brother said when I showed him the Star Wars Prequels. “PEACE?!” he asked, incredulous. “I thought that’s only what good guys want!” It would be years later when I’d realize just how perfectly that remark struck […]

V’s Legalese: The Missing Opinion in “Brown v. Board of Education”

Sometimes the Supreme Court makes mistakes. Sometimes it later fixes them. But it doesn’t always admit it. It can be a tricky thing for members of a respectable institution to admit that they or their predecessors on the same bench were wrong. Do it seldom; the Court loses credibility, especially when the overruling is plainly […]

“A Few Good Men” (1992): No One Handled the Truth

In A Few Good Men, adversarial parties to a court martial prove themselves capable of confronting part of the truth, but never all of it. My childhood owes a lot to this film. No, I’m not one of those kids who watched it in the ’90s and then decided from that moment onward that my […]

“Tenet” (2020): Nolan’s Palindrome (Review)

★★★ Entropic inversion and square symmetry. I promised to keep this review short, since Tenet did all the talking and far too much of it. So you may not need more from me than just a concept-illustrating phrase. While the Sator Square is referenced throughout, do not confuse it as the theme of the film. […]

The Case for a “Meaner” President

Donald Trump would be a better president if he was meaner. Not louder; not CAPS-LOCK obsessed; not frivolous. “Meaner” in this context means what it would mean if we were to say that Abraham Lincoln was mean to the Confederacy. Or if we were to say that Harry Truman was mean to Japan. What those […]

Act Like You’re Better Than the Cancellation Mobs

I once saw a lone cape buffalo in Africa hold off a small pride of lions for the better part of half an hour. They had managed to separate him from the rest of his herd, and I was so sure they had him. But those puny, lazy, pack-hunting amateurs didn’t know what hit them. […]

“Dragged Across Concrete” (2019): Within the Inhumane

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published on the Cinematic Katzenjammer in March, 2019. ★★★★ You know what movies could benefit from more of these days? Violence. Not the kind where human beings are made of water balloons and discharge blood like fire hoses – the kind that’s disturbing, unnerving, difficult to witness and decidedly […]

“Saving Private Ryan” (1998): “Terrible Arithmetic”

“Dear Madam, I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement . . . that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the […]