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Update: ‘The Green Zone’ Bombs At The Box Office

. . .Universal/Relativity’s Green Zone fired up $14.5 million off 3,003 sites in second, with a total worldwide weekend of $24.2 million. While most Middle Eastern war pics face a challenge at the box office, Universal vied to overcome that stigma in its marketing by hyping up the connection between star Matt Damon, director Paul Greengrass and their Bourne action films. Next to its lofty $130 million production cost, the weekend doesn’t bode well for Green Zone with grosses falling way outside the range of the $50 million-plus bows associated with the Bourne franchise

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The Other Case against Reparations

Reparations are an ethical disaster. Proceeding from a doctrine of collective guilt, they are the penalty for slavery and Jim Crow, sins of which few living Americans stand accused. An offense against common sense as well as morality, reparations would take from Bubba and give to Barack, never mind if the former ... Read More
Politics & Policy

May I See Your ID?

Identity is big these days, and probably all days: racial identity, ethnic identity, political identity, etc. Tribalism. It seems to be baked into the human cake. Only the consciously, persistently religious, or spiritual, transcend it, I suppose. (“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor ... Read More

White Cats and Black Swans

Making a film of Cats is a bold endeavor — it is a musical with no real plot, based on T. S. Eliot’s idea of child-appropriate poems, and old Tom was a strange cat indeed. Casting Idris Elba as the criminal cat Macavity seems almost inevitable — he has always made a great gangster — but I think there was ... Read More


Someone tweeted this cartoon today, which apparently is intended to depict me. A few thoughts: I love the caricature. It’s really good. I may steal the second panel and use it for advertising. I hear this line of criticism fairly often from people who are not very bright or well-informed; in truth, I ... Read More