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Re: “How Fred Rogers used his neighborhood to teach important, often radical, lessons

I have to agree with Faith of Fred here. Although Mr. Rogers is, obviously, not here to weigh in himself, what I have studied about his character and beliefs leads me to think that he would feel very conflicted about today's "pride" culture.

On one hand, I think that he would have, as always, felt the need to show others kindness and love, regardless of their labels. On the other hand, I also think that he would be deeply distraught and horrified by the way the Pride Movement and its narrative have forced sexuality into our children's lives and allowed them to be abused and exploited.

Tragic as it is, it may have been merciful that he left us before this cultural dumpster fire began.

Posted by Alan Herberger on 07/17/2019 at 3:44 PM

Re: “The Last Black Man in San Francisco vacillates between relevant and overwrought

While I appreciate any post bringing attention to this beautiful film, youve completely missed the point about the the purpose of Kofis death in the movie. Gun violence is a superficial characterization of what was happening. Kofis character was meant to foil Jimmy and Monts Characters. Black men are rarely allowed to be vulnerable, especially with each other. This is evident in the other men teasing them. On the flip side, you have Kofi and his friends. They deal with pain in the way that society expects them to: with violence and teasing each other. What is the risk of being vulnerable for a Black Man? As we see with Mont and Jimmy, the risk is being outcasted. But what is the risk of not being vulnerable? In Kofis case, death.

I hope others will take the time to think through this movie instead of making superficial statements about it. Thank you for your review.

Posted by Dana Miller-Cotto on 06/29/2019 at 9:37 AM

Re: “How Fred Rogers used his neighborhood to teach important, often radical, lessons

Tolerance and acceptance are two completely different things. Mr. Fred Rogers showed tolerance and that's a very big deal. Using Fred Rogers' picture with "Pride" and colors of the homosexual flag are a stretch. Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister, so he knew what the Bible said about homosexuality along with other sins. A Christian is commanded to love and that love is shown through long suffering and perseverance. A Christian should be tolerant of one who is living in sin to the point that the person is willing to listen to the Word of God and consider turning away from sin, but a Christian cannot accept sinful behavior that runs contrary to God's word.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Faith of Fred on 05/30/2019 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Doctors risk their lives to provide abortions in After Tiller

Little surprise to me that after reading your delusional article about the injustice of a pierogi holding a purse, that I would find an article written by you supporting 3rd trimester abortions. You are what is wrong with the world.

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Posted by Panda on 05/22/2019 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Rogen and Theron's odds at romance are far better than Long Shot wants you to believe

Actors with two Jewish parents: Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Logan Lerman, Paul Rudd, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bar Refaeli, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Adam Brody, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Erin Heatherton, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Esti Ginzburg, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Margarita Levieva, James Wolk, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Corey Stoll, Michael Vartan, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Julian Morris, Debra Winger, Eric Balfour, Dan Hedaya, Emory Cohen, Corey Haim, Scott Mechlowicz, Harvey Keitel, Odeya Rush, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is Jewish, too (though I dont know if both of his parents are).

Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers: Timothe Chalamet, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Joaquin Phoenix, River Phoenix, Emmy Rossum, Ryan Potter, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Sofia Black DElia, Nora Arnezeder, Goldie Hawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Brandon Flynn, Amanda Peet, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Ben Barnes, Patricia Arquette, Kyra Sedgwick, Dave Annable, and Harrison Ford (whose maternal grandparents were both Jewish, despite those Hanukkah Song lyrics).

Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jewish and/or identify as Jewish: Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zac Efron, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Andrew Garfield, Winona Ryder, Michael Douglas, Ben Foster, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nikki Reed, Jonathan Keltz, Paul Newman.

Oh, and Ansel Elgorts father is Jewish, though I dont know how Ansel was raised. Robert Downey, Jr., Sean Penn, and Ed Skrein were also born to Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers. Armie Hammer, Chris Pine, Emily Ratajkowski, Mark-Paul Gosselaar are part Jewish.

Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism: Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

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Posted by Wendy Moss on 05/01/2019 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Dystopian drama Level 16 is bleak and dull

It's not just trendy to make art about repressed women, it's trendy to make female empowerment movies in general now. The over saturation of this 'movement' is turning movie-goers off in droves. It really beguiles the the art of film making when every film is about a female lead character overcoming some sort of atrocity in order to gain some surreal independence. The same trite narratives that women have generally complained about in decades past have now taken a 180 and have in themselves become their own trite narratives. Every action film now requires a bad-ass female counterpart overpowering and defeating their enemies. Strong female leads don't require masculine traits or the perception of being discriminated against. Hollywood simply cannot seem to write a proper female character in general, it's either buttercup or Xena. These productions, and their sheer volume, may appeal to coastal elites, but the general viewing audience is turning away from this overused narrative.

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Posted by Terry Flus on 03/02/2019 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt For Justice examines possible serial murders in Pittsburgh

I just watched the episode on Geib and it makes no sense. If he was held for 21 days he would have metabolized the alcohol in his system also the drugs unless they were consistently fed to him. This is unless his body was refrigerated. Was there any cellular damage from that and was there any sign of sexual contact.

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Posted by James Meade on 02/25/2019 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt For Justice examines possible serial murders in Pittsburgh

Smiley Face killings are a pattern, that can easily be observed as a global cause and effect pattern. Under the assumption that individuals are programmed to commit murder based on movie scenarios the following movies are triggering that event: "Virtuosity (1995)" , The Mentalist TV Series, others. Programmed killers might be some stupid global defense strategy and therefore responsible individuals might not be able to admit glitches in illegal programs. Also the program might be out-dated and are gone wild and open. At least that is my theory about it. If it created a pattern it cannot be denied.

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Posted by Eva Lewinter on 01/19/2019 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Dick Cheney biopic Vice is a tedious and incomplete analysis

Patricia Arquette just gained wait for her role in Escape at Dannemora and won the Golden Globe, so....

Posted by Shirtboy on 01/08/2019 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Steelers WR Antonio Brown is the only known contestant on The Masked Singer

Isn't Antonio Brown more famous than the judges?

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Posted by Shirtboy on 01/08/2019 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Elf on the Shelf goes ultra-creepy with short film The Elf in the Room

Good. I never liked being force-fed this new elf concept with accompanying merchandise to make money for somebody else. My disappointed kids would just be told the elf doesnt come to our house because he knows mommy doesnt like elves.

Posted by Amber on 01/08/2019 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Holiday Movie Advent Day 2: A Shoe Addict's Christmas

I though this was the best one of the 12 I watched over the last few days. The movie covered Noelles life in its entirety. It wasnt just about her finding the perfect man. It was about her fixing her career and family life.

Posted by Ericka C on 12/27/2018 at 3:27 AM

Re: “Holiday Movie Advent Day 6: Life-Size 2

I loved this movie just as much as the first one. I'm so glad they made a sequel.

Posted by Rose_Skylar on 12/07/2018 at 1:13 AM

Re: “The incomplete feminism of Widows


Posted by Shirtboy on 11/16/2018 at 7:36 PM

Re: “The incomplete feminism of Widows

Soot on

Posted by Shirtboy on 11/16/2018 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Barely mediocre Bohemian Rhapsody undersells the legend of Freddie Mercury

If only the movie was as much of a mess as this review.

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Posted by Banky Chase on 11/02/2018 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Box office struggles, fan remakes and oversaturation: The state of Star Wars

Nice article. I agree with several points. But I would add that everything was going well until Last Jedi. Disney purchased a movie franchise worth $4B and then alienated its fan base. They are now suffering the consequences.

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Posted by stevehooktown on 07/11/2018 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Isle of Dogs

I didn't like the movie, but wow this was a horrible review. It really is a shame people like this have jobs.

Posted by offendedbyeverything on 06/21/2018 at 12:40 AM

Re: “Isle of Dogs

So many things to complain about, so little time to fit them into my rough schedule of constant bitching

Posted by Logan Sullivan on 04/21/2018 at 5:12 PM

Re: “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Thank you! I realise this is old..but I just had the misfortune of watching this film..and you are the only one who hates it in exactly the same way I do.

Posted by Chris Carpenter Oursler on 04/19/2018 at 2:17 AM

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