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Super Size Me

I was pleasantly surprised at how good this movie was. I expected a documentary about a man who eats McDonald’s every meal for month, and (surprise!) reaps negative health benefits. The reality of the film, though, is that the thirty-day stunt really serves as a gimmick to draw people in to a documentary about the problem of American obesity, and ... Read More »

The Polar Express

The Polar Express is a movie that begs the question, “How long can one stretch out a 30-page children’s book?” The basic plot of a child who boards a magical train bound for the North Pole, meets Santa Claus, and learns a lesson about belief, is not nearly enough material to fill a feature length movie. To rectify this, the ... Read More »

Martin Doblmeier’s Bonhoeffer

Martin Doblmeier's documentary Bonhoeffer captures multiple aspects of the man's life, from the formation of his theology, to his influence as a prominent Christian thinker and teacher in his time, to the political activism that eventually led to his death. Read More »

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

One of the more surprising recent developments in the comics medium is its potential both for conveying an emotional personal narrative, and for providing reliable historical information. Americans first saw this combination in Art Spiegelman’s Maus, an account of his Jewish father’s experiences in Nazi Germany. Before him, Japan’s Keiji Nakazawa transplanted his own experiences as a survivor of Hiroshima ... Read More »

Ghost In the Shell – Stand Alone Complex

The DVD set for the Ghost in the Shell – Stand Alone Complex TV series has been available to American audiences for several months, but for people who are unwilling to shell out money for a show they’ve never seen, Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim has begun airing the series on Saturday nights. The first screen adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s manga ... Read More »

Why U2 sucks in 2004

U2 has enjoyed a long and prolific career. Their success is due in large part to their record of continually pushing their music into new areas of style, technique, and image. Few groups today can match them in terms of their constant appeal, influence, and inventiveness. They certainly deserve their upcoming induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. ... Read More »

The Future Dictionary of America

Problem: In the midst of a heated election season, when the citizens of the nation are deeply divided and there are almost no undecided voters, any attempt at publishing a polemic against the Bush administration is simply preaching to the choir. Solution: Assemble a collection of satirical pieces by a sampling of today’s best writers and artists, and market it ... Read More »