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Remembering Alex Trebek, the last consistent, comforting voice of TV

With Trebek’s death, the era of unifying cultural figures in America has ended.
November 13, 2020

It’s difficult to explain the role Alex Trebek has had in my life.  I’m a fan of “Jeopardy!,” and have been for as long as I can remember. Every weeknight at 7:30 p.m., I’d sit down with...

Coping with “The West Wing” never felt so good

A view of what government should be, or a liberal dreamscape? Regardless, “The West Wing” still has a place today.
Streaming recommendation of the week 11/6/20
November 6, 2020

This has been a crazy week. As of this writing, there is still no definitive winner of the 2020 Presidential Election, with vote counting still occurring and the current president illegitimately claiming...

“The Mandalorian” returns for Season 2 and foreshadows the future of “Star Wars”

Baby Yoda is back, along with his Boba Fett-esque protector, for another season of
November 6, 2020

The Baby Yoda Show is back! And by that, I, of course, mean the hit live-action “Star Wars” spin-off series, “The Mandalorian,” that has dominated pop culture conversation since its premiere in...

Discovering “The Shining” 40 years after release

This iconic shot is just one part of why Stanley Kubrick's
October 30, 2020

Some films have so much critical acclaim and notoriety they are actively intimidating, almost to a point where it dissuades you from watching them. The reputation they have of being so perfect, so amazing,...

Movies to stream this Halloween

Streaming recommendation(s) of the week 10/30/20
October 30, 2020

Halloween is finally here, and along with that comes Halloween movies. There’s nothing better than curling up under a blanket on a breezy October night with some warm apple cider and a scary movie. Right...

“The Social Dilemma” is a hokey but critical look at our digital lives

Netflix’s recent documentary, “The Social Dilemma,” highlights many of the problematic aspects of social media.
Streaming recommendation of the week 10/23/20
October 23, 2020

I don’t know about you all, but my screen time has ballooned since the pandemic started, with all my classes transitioning to online and my social life becoming a series of Zoom, Skype and Discord calls....

“Boys State” is the movie for an election year, the documentarians and subjects discuss

Follow Steven Garza's political journey through Texas Boys State.
October 2, 2020

American politics has become markedly more dirty, discivil and polarized in the past few decades. While it is easy to write this decline off as just the work of greedy, squabbling politicians, “Boys...

AsiaTown holds a Mid-Autumn Festival for action

AsiaTown celebrates its Mid-Autumn Festival.
October 2, 2020

In the AsiaTown neighborhood of Cleveland, in a normally vacant parking lot, the Mid-Autumn Festival marked a concerted effort to make people more engaged with their community. Taking place on Saturday...

“Ratched”: A Mixed Bag of Cuckoos

Witness the origin story of the infamous Nurse Ratched.
October 2, 2020

Disclaimer: Review contains spoilers "I believe there are some things that are worse to feel than simply feeling nothing," says Nurse Ratched in Netflix’s new series “Ratched.” Creepy in the context...

“RBG” (2018) encapsulates the legacy of a feminist icon

Witness the life and story of Justice Ginsburg in
Streaming recommendation of the week 9/23/20
September 25, 2020

Be honest, how many current U.S. Supreme Court justices can you name?  Even if you aren’t a political junkie, chances are that you’ve heard of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and there’s a reason for that....

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