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Real Diversity or Ethnic Mask? Big Hero 6 vs. The Book of Life

Two animated features hit theaters this fall starring predominantly minority casts, but only one of them truly celebrates diversity (guess which). Disney’s Big Hero 6 got lots of praise in … Continue reading

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Bent, not Broken: 5 Love Stories for Damaged Romantics

Inspired by my finally getting around to watching the excellent Silver Linings Playbook, here are five of my favorite stories about couples that help each other overcome emotional traumas. We’ve … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

BFC’s Guide to the 2014 California Statewide Propositions

It’s that time again, California citizens! The propositions on this year’s ballot may seem drab, but they could mean big changes for the future of Californians. BFC highlights the 2014 … Continue reading

November 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Passion of Donovan: Why the Beautiful Game needs an American Injection

The people of the Baha’i Faith accept the validity of all religions and see their founders as Manifestations of God, divine messengers sent with a revelation specific for the time … Continue reading

June 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

Captain America battles a new Secret Empire in ‘Winter Soldier’

Mass surveillance, drone warfare and a government conspiracy animate the Star-Spangled Avenger’s latest film outing, a modern take on Steve Englehart’s seminal Cap tale from the 1970s. (Contains mild spoilers) … Continue reading

May 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why does Hollywood keep blowing up the White House?

Hollywood’s latest blockbusters provide the narrative for America’s never-ending war on terror by perpetuating the irrational fear of random, anti-US terror attacks and foreign invasions. Movie plots inform policy in … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · 4 Comments

Why more athletes should be taking steps to preserve their mental health

American soccer star Landon Donovan earned scorn for taking a self-imposed sabbatical at the beginning of the 2013 MLS season, but he’s far ahead of his contemporaries in understanding the … Continue reading

June 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

Does ‘Side Effects’ ring true with ever-growing number of Depressed Americans?

With 1 in 10 Americans seeking treatment for depression, anxiety and other psychological disorders, users of drugs like Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft are almost as ubiquitous as the ads for … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Surreal New Marines Ad: ‘Toward the Sound of Chaos’

As the 10-year anniversary of the Iraq War sparks somber reflection among Americans, the Marines pimp good, old-fashioned American interventionism with a troubling new recruitment video. Ominously titled “Toward the … Continue reading

March 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

SNL’s Hugo Chavez parody showcases liberal cowardace

Justin Timberlake celebrated his fifth time hosting SNL last weekend by opening the show with a sketch parodying late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Playing Elton John, Timberlake rattled off “hilarious” … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Oscars snub Marxist ‘Cloud Atlas’, affirms the Randian ‘Django’

This year the Academy tried desperately to appear relevant, showcasing the juvenile sexism and folksy Irish-Catholic racism that made host Seth MacFarlane a pop culture phenom and awarding Quentin Tarantino … Continue reading

March 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Animated Feature Casually Perpetuates Myth of Prehistoric White People

Dreamworks’ new animated movie The Croods is the latest in a line of films and TV shows (both animated and live-action) that depict a somewhat colloquialized version of humankind’s prehistory. … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Trouble With Zombies: Exploring Geek Culture’s most troubling themes

For nearly a decade, popular culture has been overrun with zombie fiction. Movies like the Dawn of the Dead remake, 28 Days Later and the parody Shaun of the Dead … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

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