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The Founder – a dark capitalist fairy-tale

The Founder tells the story of Ray Kroc, who turned a modest fast-food restaurant into McDonald’s by betraying the integrity, hard work, and perseverance. It espouses the American virtues of visionary entrepreneurship and self-made success while showing how success is … Continue reading

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Breaking Bad – The Puritan American Dream & the Family

Breaking Bad is one of those rare series that understands character development. The series is about Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a chemistry teacher, who discovers he has cancer and starts making top-notch meth. This is initially to cover his health … Continue reading

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Chef – Food, Class, and Salvation in America

Chef is an insipid comedy stuffed with movie stars but no bite. Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) is the head chef at a posh restaurant in California. He’s frustrated by the restaurant owner’s imposition of classical dishes, which stifles his creativity. … Continue reading

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National Treasure – Sacralising the Nation

It seems befitting the Fourth of July to write about American myth-making. By ‘myth’, I do not mean something false, but the narrative vehicle for what is held as valuable and meaningful. Myths are, therefore, ‘true’ rather than ‘accurate’ representations … Continue reading

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Grimm – beyond appearances

The action is bad, the romance cringing, and the acting is … well, I guess they are good looking. The only real reason to watch Grimm is Silas Weir Mitchell, who plays Monroe, a good lycanthrope. Yet, the series has … Continue reading

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