Movie Trivia


If those four Chinese characters in my 2011 predictions look vaguely familiar to you, it’s because you are, or once were, a Bruce Lee fan. (Though in the movie they’re written old style, right to left.)

2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, by the way. Starts February 3rd. If you were born in (give or take a few days for the calendar difference) 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927, 1915, or 1903, you are a rabbit; though if either of those latter two dates applies, go easy on the hopping.

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Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
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Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More