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In Defense of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Imagine the following: a popular movie genre is categorized by smart but formulaic films, enjoyable and entertaining while also going out of their way to explain everything explicitly to the viewer and not engage any level of mystery or metaphysical questions. Another film comes along in this genre and while spending a lot of time on epic clashes and action sequences, it also deals with questions of how father figures impact who we are and how we view God; the nature …

Growing Up with Peyton

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A few weeks ago, I never thought I’d see Peyton Manning take another snap, much less throw another pass or another touchdown. Much less win another playoff game. Much less defeat Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the New England Patriots to win another AFC Championship. (Unbelievably, after all the drama, Peyton will end his career 3-2 against Brady & Belichick’s Patriots in the playoffs.) Much less get one final start in Super Bowl 50. You’ll have to excuse me for …

Movie Review: The Revenant

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The Revenant: **** out of 4. It’s easy to think of The Revenant as simply the vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio’s brutally other-worldly Oscar-winning performance or as Alejandro González Iñárritu’s follow-up to last year’s Award-winning Birdman. In fact, as I was sitting in the theater watching Leo eat raw bison liver and sleep in animal carcasses, I kept wishing he’d already won an Oscar (even though I don’t think he’s had a performance I would have voted for before this one) so the …

Political Passport: The State of the Union, Nikki Haley, & Our Next President

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Well, it’s 2016 already. And most people on the internet are already tired of the 2016 Presidential election coverage. But most voters across America are just starting to pay attention, as we’re less than three weeks out from the Iowa caucuses and less than a month out from the New Hampshire primaries. Until the votes are actually cast and delegates are actually being divvied up, I’m not going to comment or analyze the Presidential election. Too many pundits have said …

Movie Review – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Joseph Williams Why did you originally fall in love with Star Wars? For me, watching the original trilogy for the first time a quarter of a century after Star Wars changed cinema forever in 1977, the films appealed to me for so many reasons. There was mystery, adventure, and a score that couldn’t get out of your head but was welcomed because it made your own life feel like an epic adventure. There were the planets, the characters, the plot …

Cubs, Cardinals, and Destiny

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Sometimes, you reach a point in time where fate steps in and you just have to recognize destiny’s dominion when it arrives. And that’s why, despite eliminating my favorite team from the playoffs, I now have to root for the Chicago Cubs. I’m sure that once they win the climb to the championship peak, I can return to rooting against them, not unlike the 2004 Boston Red Sox. But now that my Cardinals and Braves are eliminated, I’m a Cubs …

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