Category Archives: movies

The Oscars

I didn’t watch the Oscars last night as I have a thousand pages of books to review (not on this site), as well as reading Pinker’s Enlightenment Now. Truth be told, I wouldn’t have watched the show anyway, as the awards go on too long and I can always read who won the next day. […]

The inevitable intersectional pushback for “Black Panther”

When the movie “Black Panther” came out, with an African-American director and an all-black cast, and then it cleaned up at the box office and attracted tons of black children, I was pleased. Yes, I know there have been black superhero movies before, but this one was reputed to be especially good, and what’s wrong […]

An email from Istanbul (note: felids!)

My friend Andrew Berry teaches a mini-course in Istanbul once a year, and of course Istanbul is Cat City Central (see below). I got an email from him today about his encounter with a cat while lecturing. As you’ll see, Istanbul cats are especially fearless, as the citizens of that beautiful city nurture them and […]

This is not the review you’re looking for (no spoilers)

by Grania (This is completely spoiler-free) This is not a review of The Last Jedi, that will come in a day or so, it’s just a point-and-roll-eyes at an op ed in io9 titled “I Need to Talk About Luke’s Beverage in The Last Jedi“.  The author writes that this scene was ” truly disturbing, and […]

Tokyo Story

If you want a nice movie to watch tonight, this is the one.  Tokyo Story (1953), directed by the great Yasujirō Ozu, is one of the top two or three of my favorite foreign films (Ikiru from 1952 is another). Somehow the movie is free on YouTube with English subtitles. I provide it for your delectation, and […]

Weinstein expelled by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Harvey Weinstein, who, given the weight and number of accusations against him, is certainly a serial sexual predator, was just ousted by the group that gives the Oscars—the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This is a rare and stinging rebuke. As CNN reports: In a statement, the academy said the action, which is effective […]

NYT ranks 25 best movies of this century

Well, the 21st century is only 17-some years old, but the New York Times has already named the 25 best movies put out in this century.  Sadly, I’ve seen only two of them—”There Will Be Blood” and “The Hurt Locker”—both very good), which reflects my reduced moviegoing over the past few years. (Traveling has cut […]

“Genesis 3D: Paradise Lost”—a new creationist movie

We so excited! (NOT!). Coming to a theater near you on November 13: “Genesis 3D, Part One: Paradise Lost” (implying, of course, that there will be other parts). Experience the Biblical creation! Learn the truth about evolution! (This is from the trailer below.) The “truth about evolution” is, of course, that it didn’t happen, or maybe […]

New movie about atheist pastors: “Losing Our Religion”

Reader Keith called my attention to a new movie coming out in September, “Losing Our Religion”, a documentary about the Clergy Project started by Linda LaScola and Dan Dennett to provide a haven and discussion group for preachers who had lost their faith. The movie’s website is here, and here’s a summary: Losing Our Religion is […]

How an IMAX projector works

I’m worn out by the Charlottesville business, and depressed that some readers are calling for speech bans. We won’t discuss that in this thread (there are other posts where you can do that). Instead, let’s learn how an IMAX projector works. I’ve been to a few IMAX movies, the first being “Flying” or “Flight” (can’t […]