Category Archives: movies

Neil deGrasse Tyson messes up a bit about linguistics

Most of us are picky about errors that laypeople make about our fields of expertise—as I’ve learned from the many misstatements I’ve made on this website. And that goes double for linguists, whose job is often to be picky about language itself. Here’s a tw**t from Neil deGrasse Tyson that has raised the hackles of some linguists. In […]

A Chicago student rates movies by the pigmentation of their actors

I couldn’t swear to you that our student newspaper, the Chicago Maroon, represents the sentiments of students in general, for of course there’s probably a selection bias about who contributes. But the contributors are almost uniformly Regressive Leftists, and, judging by what I see on campus, that ideology is pretty widespread.  I occasionally give examples, and […]

Mahershala Ali wins Oscar; Pakistani’s UN representative deletes congratulatory tweet after finding out Ali’s the “wrong kind of Muslim”

It’s not just Leftist apologists who claim to know who “real Muslims” are, dismissing those who practice or espouse terrorism, for instance, as “not real Muslims,” or “not practicing true Islam.” Muslims themselves are even stronger discriminators, and that’s been true since Shia and Sunni split centuries ago. In fact, members of different sects regularly kill […]

HuffPo makes the Oscars about identity politics

Unless you were in Alma-Ata last night, you’ll know about the mixup whereby the Best Picture award was mistakenly given to “La La Land” instead of “Moonlight,” a horribly embarrassing mistake that was rectified immediately, and onstage. I didn’t see it, and I haven’t seen either movie, but I noticed that HuffPo is already claiming […]

Every Best Picture Oscar winner—ever!

Yesterday we had a video of every film that ever won an Oscar for Best Cinematography; now it’s time to see every film that won an Oscar for Best Picture up to last year (Spotlight won the award for 2016). I have seen most of these; below are the winners I didn’t see: Cimarron Cavalcade The Great Ziegfeld […]

Best cinematography Oscar winners—all of them!

Film School Rejects put up this video of every movie that ever won a “Best Cinematography” Oscar.  It’s 7½ minutes long, and if you know every movie, I’ll eat my hat. You will certainly be intrigued by some of the more obscure movie and want to watch them—at least if you’re like me. FSR‘s notes: […]

The Reds wipe out capitalism on Mars!

This movie came from a tweet by Maria Antonova, a Russian journalist: And here’s the movie, called “Interplanetary Revolution.” It’s a bizarre mix of antiquated and advanced technology, including a spaceship that looks like a trilobite: Now this movie was reportedly made in 1924, so that’s four years after the Nazi Party adopted the swastika (the […]

Cinnabon cashes in on Carrie Fisher’s death

I’m not sure why I’m posting about a social-media storm, except that it’s a pretty good example of corporate insensitivity, and besides, it’s a slow day. Somebody screwed up big time, for on the day Carrie Fisher’s death was announced, Cinnabon—the chain of cinnamon-bun stores—issued this tweet: I mean, seriously: “best buns in the galaxy”? That […]

Scorsese’s new film about how God was hidden but still exists anyway

Today’s posts are going to be largely about faith, perhaps because The Season is upon us and the Internet full of religion. From the Aussie ABC we hear of a new movie by Martin Scorsese, a reliably good director.  The critically acclaimed film, called “Silence,” is about the absence of God, but of course that doesn’t mean […]

Seth Andrews and his colleagues (and I) review “The Atheist Delusion”, Ray Comfort’s new anti-evolution and pro-God movie

I previewed creationist Ray Comfort’s new movie, “The Atheist Delusion“, in July, but didn’t know the contents. Now that it’s out, we see that, like his previous movie (“Evolution versus God“) this one again takes the form of an “atheist-stumper,” in which, like his previous movie, Comfort asks non-scientists scientific questions that they can’t answer, thereby […]