Fantastic, so-called, Beasts and Where to Find Them

— WARNING: Spoilers ahead. — No Harry Potter movie has been as good as the book, and that has not changed with J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Whereas the motivating premise of the Harry Potter series was a boy discovering that he was a...

Sex and the City 2: Abu Dhabi Doo-Doo

—Spoilers, should such a thing be possible with this kind of movie, follow— Background Bearing in mind that I know nothing about the characters that I didn’t learn from the horrid first movie (review here), let me catch you up to date: The protagonist, Carrie,...

Sex and the City: The Movie

— Warning: Spoilers, to the extent a movie of this nature can be spoiled, follow — Opening voice-over: “Year after year 20-something women come to New York City in search of the two Ls: Labels and love.” If this is true, it’s a horrible indictment of...

Secretariat

We’ll start with the positives: Diane Lane is gorgeous, and it helps considerably that she’s in virtually every scene. The film is well-acted. It’s based on a true story. Secretariat is arguably the best race horse ever. Um…I’m running...

The Culture of Fear

Author Barry Glassner tries to make the case in The Culture of Fear that Americans are afraid of the wrong things. Although I don’t think he hits all his points square on, he’s far more right than wrong. For the most part, Glassner correctly blames media...