The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

‘Happy Trails, Hans’: What Is Everybody’s Favorite Christmas Movie Really About?

My brother and I celebrated Christmas Eve by watching Diehard together. The movie suffers from all the usual suspension-of-disbelief problems common to action films — e.g., automatic weapons that fire an impossibly large number of bullets without changing magazines — there is no doubt that Diehard is a Christmas movie. And this is not just […]

‘Bond. James Bond.’

The news Saturday of actor Sean Connery’s death marked the end of an era. For a generation of men, Connery’s portrayal of James Bond — Agent 007 in Her Majesty’s Secret Service — was the ultimate expression of cool. The espionage was just a plot device, really. What counted was the extraordinary character at the […]

New ‘Terminator’ Flops at Box Office

  Hasta la vista, “wokeness”: According to a new report, Skydance Media, Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox stand to lose around $120 million in total, given the long-term prospects of Terminator: Dark Fate bombing at the box office. The movie, directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool) and produced by franchise creator James Cameron, made just […]

‘The Patron Saint of Incels’

  The new Warner Brothers/DC film Joker is having an impressive opening weekend at the box office, and there’s talk of an Oscar for Joaquin Phoenix, but critics generally hate the movie for its portrayal of Batman’s nemesis as a misunderstood victim of society. Personally, I am troubled by the subject matter and theme of […]

‘Get Woke, Go Broke’? Marvel Movie Star Brie Larson Lashes Out at White Males

  Evidently hoping to match the success of D.C.’s Wonder Woman, the Disney/Marvel franchise decided to make a movie of Captain Marvel (you can read the background of the character here) with 20-something blonde Brie Larson in the title role. Unfortunately for Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, his star is a feminist who makes a […]

Two Thumbs Up for ‘Jack Ryan’

  While I was visiting my son at Fort Bragg a couple of weeks ago, I started watching the eight-episode first season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime. Generally speaking, I never read or watch fiction, and the only TV I watch is news, sports, documentaries or true-crime shows like A & E’s […]

‘You Sent Me to Whore School!’

  That’s a line from Red Sparrow, the latest “strong woman” tale from Hollywood, a genuinely wretched movie starring Jennifer Lawrence. After watching the trailer for that and other recent films, Professor Ann Althouse has seen enough of this toxic cultural sludge: Notice how they all have strong female characters at the center but everything […]

Bad Movies and Robert De Niro (and Why Donald Trump Is Not Literally Hitler)

  In March 1975, Robert De Niro was 31 years old when he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his breakthrough role as young Vito Corleone in The Godfather, Part II. Leslie Mann was barely 3 years old at the time, and there was something distinctly weird about Mann, now 44, being cast […]

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