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 an era when reality and what is presented as such by the media have become increasingly dissonant. A terror attack on the White House has…

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 Sound of Chaos”, the ad plays like the trailer to an awesome Roland Emmerich movie, with marines rushing bravely toward some unknown danger in treacherous…

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” facts about the late president to the tune of “Candle in the Wind”. The sketch poked fun at Chavez for brandishing pistols at a press…

Cui bono: How Viacom Stole Black America’s Voice

Originally published Oct 17, 2012 I watched the 2012 BET Awards a couple nights ago. Of all the myriad, bizarre images to mark the night, and that includes rapper 2Chainz performing in front of a church choir, this one of Mike Epps introducing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may have been the most revealing: The…

Race in Comedy: Ironic or just racist?

Originally published Aug 2, 2012 I’ve noticed a greater tendency in modern mainstream comedy to attempt to ironically co-opt racist stereotypes. Ideally this type of race comedy can combat racist ideas by laughing at the absurdity of the stereotype and those who believe them and not the stereotype itself. This is a difficult line to…

Birth of a “Bootquel”: A Prometheus Review

Originally published July 10, 2012 To make it a little easier to digest, I divided the review into seven sub-sections that lend some narrative to what I thought were the problems with the movie: 1. Prometheus is a “Bootquel” 2. What is Prometheus About? 3. Things Happen in Prometheus just because they happened in other…