As we contemplate our present and future around the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, are we being myopic? Is our politics focused mainly on marginalia while real change, big change, is being prepped elsewhere?
For this week's super-sized show, the MovieFilm gang is joined by Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh, hosts of the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast, for a wide-ranging conversation about the pluses and (mostly) minuses of Terminator Genisys, the fifth film in the futuristic franchise.
It's been thirty-one years since the The Terminator first wowed audiences, and my fear as I stare down the abyss into the dark future is that they'll just keep cranking these things out forever and always until the end of time. They. Will. Not. Stop.
With the state suffering through the most severe drought on record and everyone from Central Valley farmers to L.A. homeowners cutting back on their water usage, the image of kayaking on the Los Angeles River may seem counterintuitive.
Did you know that California is not in the West and that the "real America" is the Old Confederacy?
The velocity of events and the fragmentation of the media culture are such that it can be difficult to keep up with how we're doing in various national security crises around the world. Here's the latest state of play on some of the most pressing.
For weeks there were signs of a potential California budget fight between Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislators, with the press spinning it up a bit. The Legislative Analyst Office was estimating billions more in revenue than the Brown administration.
California's economy hasn't thrived because it's run by Democrats, but rather because of liberal culture. Not liberal values in the classic sense -- equality, peace, and justice -- but rather the liberal mindset that's open and flexible.
The manic energy that Verhoeven is renowned for was evident throughout our chat, and was infectious. By the time our all-too-brief lunch was over, I found myself waving my hands while I spoke in rapid clips, and using more bounce than usual in my stride.
While it's impressive and inspiring to hear stories of a self-made celebrities who carved out their fortunes without a college degree to their names, you might be surprised to see the 20 millionaires that landed on this list by attending community college.
The big drought has Californians worried. There are major controversies over Governor Jerry Brown's order to cut water consumption by 25 percent, not to mention some furious to-and-froing on climate change and demands for tax hikes and tax cuts.
The truth is that, intriguing as Scotland always is, it was in Iraq -- and in the reaction to Iraq -- where Labour got off the winning course.
In a movie year marked by a raft of famous genre franchises, the Marvelverse is set once again to lead the way. What Marvel calls its interlocking "Marvel Cinematic Universe" features the return of the Avengers, and a quirky new title, Ant-Man, coming on July 17.
It's time once again for a MovieFilm CommentaryTrack! For this go-round, Brian and I chat up our thoughts and drop copious amounts of useless trivia as we watch one of our favorite films of all time: Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
Ladies and gentlemen (or to avoid being gender-specific) members of The American Copy-Editors and Fact-Checkers Guild: It is my pleasure to welcome each one of you and, of course, "you" in the plural sense, to this evening's Hall of Fame Banquet.
It's hard to know just how many kids have been in the middle of a parent's infidelity because we don't know how many people are cheating; estimates are from around 25 percent to as high as 70 percent.