Category Archives: democracy

The Post: Nixon-Trump, Bullshit, and the Forgotten Woman

The flawed comparison of Nixon with Trump is pursued through a trite investigative structure, which leaves a much more interesting story unexplored: the story of a woman who takes ownership of her own self. There are times when the story-teller … Continue reading

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Vice. Trumpesque Hollywood for a Disenchanted Era

Vice is a missed opportunity. A more coherent, subtle, and ironical effort could have presented Dick Cheney as a key actor in ushering in the descent into the current paranoia, conspiracy theories, and anti-establishment populism. Dick Cheney was Secretary of … Continue reading

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The Golden Door – Migration and Europe

The Golden Door (Nuovomondo) is a beautiful film. It’s touching, but never sentimental. It is hard, but never gritty. It is the story of Sicilian migrants to the US at the turn of the 20th century. Back then, the US … Continue reading

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The Olden Days – The Nation & the EU

Exchanging views with Brexiteers I could not help but notice a lack of sense of history. It is not a mere knowledge of history, which is certainly lacking, but an understanding that break-ups of geopolitical systems (be they an empire, … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead – Anarchy (S 3-4)

It didn’t get better, it got laughable. The gun festival continued unabated. The zombie doomsday scenario might mean being short of food but not of artillery. The action scenes still lack tension. They are interspersed with “let’s pretend we’re deep” … Continue reading

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West Wing – The Male American Dream

West Wing made TV history notwithstanding its many weaknesses. It is still worth watching for C.J. and President Jed Bartlett, played by a very charismatic Martin Sheen. Sheen steals the show, which was supposed to be more about the staff … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead – Patriarchy & Guns (S 1-2)

It’s intolerably bad. The Walking Dead tries to be a straight drama with zombies, but fails to deliver any character development. The action becomes quickly repetitive and tiresome and the moral dilemmas constituting the plot are dealt with superficially. All … Continue reading

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