Archive for November, 2009

The life of a film critic

Posted in movies on November 30, 2009 by Jonathan

For those who wonder what a film critic’s schedule is, here’s a snapshot.

Paging Bill Maher

Posted in entertainment, politics on November 26, 2009 by Jonathan

This just in:

ABC announces Oprah-Obama Christmas special

Because that’s what the country needs right now.


[Hat tip: Drudge]

Warm happy fun time

Posted in movies on November 25, 2009 by Jonathan

The Road comes out in theaters this Thanksgiving.

Name that country

Posted in entertainment, marriage, news on November 25, 2009 by Jonathan

There’s only one place in the world where a man would get married to a video game character.

Women’s studies

Posted in movies on November 25, 2009 by Jonathan

Maybe I’ve been too hard on this whole Twilight craze:

“Twilight sequel New Moon is anti-feminist, claims professor”

Inappropriate jargon

Posted in other on November 24, 2009 by Jonathan

Are words such as “inappropriate” and “unacceptable” politically correct?

Inappropriate and unacceptable began their modern careers in the 1980s as part of the jargon of political correctness. They have more or less replaced a number of older, more exact terms: coarse, tactless, vulgar, lewd. They encompass most of what would formerly have been called “improper” or “indecent.” An affair between a teacher and a pupil that was once improper is now inappropriate; a once indecent joke is now unacceptable.

I wonder how many other words or expressions came into common use in an effort to avoid moral judgment.


[Hat tip: Arts & Letters Daily]

Barbarians on the web

Posted in books, culture, politics on November 24, 2009 by Jonathan

Big Hollywood’s John Nolte, who once upon a time wrote insightful movie reviews at a dearly-missed blog called Dirty Harry’s Place, can be one of the best cultural commentators out there. He’s in top form again, this time exposing a Leftist website that recently told its readers to trash a conservative novel on — without ever reading it:

Last week Sadly, No! decided to target John J. Miller’s Big Hollywood article about his novel “The First Assassin.”  Violating their own mission statement, the attack wasn’t based on any “embarrassing” or “untrue” statements made by Miller. They just found it oh-so hilarious that the novel is self-published. As a snark attack, it’s Gawker-lite –- and Gawker isn’t all that impressive — but here’s what’s especially confusing…

Ridiculing a self-published novel are writers working for a … wait for it, wait for it …. self-published blog – a self-published blog with fewer daily visits than my local Home Depot. In their mission statement, Sadly, No! claims to be a “humor site,” but these self-published authors obviously missed the chapter on “Irony” in “Building a Poorly Trafficked Humor Website for Dummies.”

[Hat tip: Andrew Klavan]