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Calling All Goons

Big Government Republicans I always thought of my father as a reasonably successful businessman, but he characterized himself, and those of us in the small business world, as “goons.” I remember this term feeling slightly at odds with the life he had built for us:  he employed all of his children in the family business..

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Reviews: Drinking Buddies, Thanks for Sharing

Drinking Buddies (2013) Kate (Olivia Wild) is what you might call the hospitality girl for a brand new Chicago brewery.  She introduces the brew to bar and restaurant owners, and she’s the prettiest, and only, girl in the small company’s employ.  She dates music producer Chris (Ron Livingston, Band of Brothers), and this relationship appears..

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Review: Frances Ha (2012)

The Undateable We don’t come by honesty naturally.  If we aren’t born liars, we learn exactly what people want to hear very early on, and we spend much of our lives floating partial truth trial balloons.  If our friends and loved ones shoot those down, we go back to managing our fictional version of self…

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Reviews: Angel, Eden, Red Corner

Something is wrong with me.  I liked all of these films. Mini-Reviews: Angels’ Share • Red Corner • Eden Angels’ Share (2012) It bothers me that Netflix doesn’t have a “UK Tall Tales from the  Pub” category.  You know:  Waking Ned Devine, Brassed Off, The Stone of Destiny.  I just love this stuff — Jolly old..

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The Monk With A Gun

Don’t do it.  Whatever they say, don’t do it.. “And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Luke 4:12 Every family has their own tribal legends.   Many of them fall into the Braveheart category of heroic valor. My grandfather, a big iron horse of a..

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Review: Stolen Lives,

Stolen Lives (2009) If the people who make Hallmark television movies ever decided to spice things up with a lingering, forensic eye on dead bodies and a little Morena Baccarin porch humping, it might look something like this curiously lifeless crime drama, which really should have its own caution tape wrapped around it.  It features a..

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The Approved Uglies

Keep the List Small, Please Certain conversations are not allowed, nor are certain associations. We don’t seek out the company of pathological liars.  We don’t invite women who have a habit of hitting on married men to dinner parties.   We don’t invite Holocaust deniers to speak on public platforms, (unless you’re Columbia University.)  We..

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