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Demonizing radical Islam diminishes our own humanity

Sam Chapman

January 29, 2015

I'm stealing a bit from my thesis-in-progress to begin making this point. Beloved "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien has often been accused of racism, due to his unfortunate tendency to characterize his players based on their ancestry: elves like forests, dwarves like beer, orcs like human flesh....

A surprising maturity in “The Lego Movie”

A surprising maturity in “The Lego Movie”

Nathan Fisher

February 13, 2014

Even though my bedroom at home is filled with my years of Lego projects, the trailers for "The Lego Movie" seemed dull and boring. When a couple of buddies and I were searching for a movie to see on Friday, we were shocked to see that "The Lego Movie" was rated at 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Noth...

Thor Rescues Woman Who Should Save Herself

Thor Rescues Woman Who Should Save Herself

Nathan Fisher

November 14, 2013

Think about the formula for some of the most successful movies in recent history: a little humor, maybe a touch of violence and throw in a superpower or two and I'm sold. Add in Marvel's magic and the whole world will line up to see the movie. This past week I donned my Avengers t-shirt and headed do...

Willis Proves it’s Not a Good Day to ‘Die Hard’

Willis Proves it’s Not a Good Day to ‘Die Hard’

Nathan Fisher

February 21, 2013

Disclaimer: I am a HUGE "Die Hard" fan, and in my book, Bruce Willis is THE MAN.  Needless to say, for months I've been anticipating Valentine's Day, not for the sugar high or the "love is in the air" feeling, but for the premier of "A Good Day to Die Hard," the fifth installment of one of my favorite franchises. After a marathon...

‘Skyfall’ Restores James Bond to Former Glory

‘Skyfall’ Restores James Bond to Former Glory

Nathan Fisher

November 15, 2012

This year marks the historic 50-year anniversary of the James Bond franchise (remember Sean Connery in the 1962 classic "Dr. No"?). Not surprisingly, I had no problem convincing six carloads of friends to attend the midnight premiere of "Skyfall," the 23rd Bond movie, starring Daniel Craig. And we were certainly not disappoint...

Love tries to outshine pools of blood in “Lawless”

Nathan Fisher

September 6, 2012

Unfortunately, none of this week's new movie releases excited me. The best of the bad seemed to be "Lawless," a movie that couldn't quite figure out if it wanted to be a gangsta, hillbilly or period flick. "Lawless" follows the Bondurant brothers and their moonshining business in Virginia. The trio includes Forrest (Tom Hardy...

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