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Fast Food Nation hard to swallow

Some movies are pure entertainment designed entirely for escapism, and others attempt to send a message to the audience about something important, be it political, personal, or societal.  In the tradition of …

Lithuania awarded first Oscar nomination

This may sound strange, but I have reasons to mention that Lithuania, the small Baltic country that gained back independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, finally got a nomination in the Foreign Film category from the…

Happy Feet will dance into theaters November 17

George Miller, the director who made us believe that pigs could talk in the 1995 hit, Babe, is at it again with the 3D-animated …

Project Greenlight winner’s Feast easy to swallow

I’ve been a fan of Project Greenlight since its inception a few years ago, spearheaded by Live Planet, a company created by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Chris…

Vanished first out of the box for Fox

The TV season has begun as Fox gets out of the box first with the new serial drama Vanished.  It’s a little bit CSI, with…

NBC is looking for Talent and Treasure this summer

If, after a fun day at the beach or pool, you just don’t feel like relaxing on the veranda and sipping a piña colada, there are some new major network shows peppered amongst all the reruns — but your time may be better…

The buzz about the bee

For the first time in its 79-year history, the final rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee were televised live during primetime on …

United 93 helps us not forget

It’s been in theaters for a few weeks, but I thought the first dramatic film to take on the daunting task of grappling with what happened on September 11th, 2001, U…

West Wing flies into television history

On Sunday NBC’s The West Wing ends its run after seven up and down years of both glorifying and criticizing politics and the individuals who take it upo…

Discovery special spotlights withheld JFK files

Either John F. Kennedy is rolling his eyes or he’s laughing his head off at all the fuss Americans have given to his assassination over the years.  Even before he was laid to rest, the conspiracy theories bega…

Progressives gather to watch film, discuss issues

Both in political and film appreciation circles it seems that conservative groups, or those marketing to them, have been far more successful in attracting large amounts of people to gather in one place, usually a church…

TV vs. the Web — friends or foes?

On Wednesday the big headline all over the media landscape was that Katie Couric finally decided to move her perky but serious persona to …