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SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 1:08PM

Giving a bit of rum to babies?


Giving a bit of rum to babies: Good sleep aid or bad parenting?


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As you got older, which dreams did you compromise or give up all together? Looking back, was it necessary? Read full post »


Should all people on welfare have to submit to regular drug testing? Read full post »


How important is it that a politician accepts evolution?

Don't be afraid, just say what you think.  This works best when the people who reply are direct about their ideas.  I only ask that when you reply or discuss with opinions, you stay away from ad… Read full post »

  The Dollar Return For States

For about a year I've been encouraging discussions online with short questions that hopefully encourage people to actually discuss their beliefs honestly.   On facebook and twitter, these conversations have led to provocative and interesting conversations about religion, gove… Read full post »

  Countdown to Zero

Countdown to Zero, a documentary about the history of nuclear weapons, lays out the most non-sensationalized, perfectly rational argument for complete nuclear disarmament I have ever seen presented on screen or off.   Many of the world’s nuclear experts show that the id/… Read full post »

JULY 23, 2010 12:47PM

Salt: A Bloody Belly Flop


Salt Movie Poster


Russia and America have to worry about agent Salt.  Salt answers the age old question: What’s worse than an action movie with no plot?

CIA agent Evelyn Salt’s (Angelina Jolie) life is thrown into turmoil when her loyalty is questioned in front of her bosses… Read full post »

  The Last Airbender Movie Poster

The Last Airbender does not just bend air to his will, he is in charge of keeping the world in balance – but he is not ready for the task.  Atrocious writing is the pustule on a strikingly beautiful movie with decent acting and captivating action sequences.

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After years of being banished to the toy box, Andy’s toys have to ask themselves, what comes next?  Charming, chock full of adventure, and emotion, Toy Story 3 lives up its predecessors and delivers a beautifully animated, heartwarming experience for viewers of all ages.

Andy, a 17 year o… Read full post »

  Gay Flag

The story of how elderly gay couple, Clay and Harold, were treated by the County of Sonoma in California could shock even the most homophobic.  Using every legal protection available to them wasn’t enough to protect them from being separated at the end of Harold’s li/… Read full post »

APRIL 16, 2010 1:24AM

Kick Ass - It's fun but that's it.

  Kick Ass Movie Poster

Tired of watching innocent people get hurt, an awkward high school boy takes justice into his own hands, invents a super- hero persona he calls Kick Ass, and heads off to fight crime.  Even though it is a bit bumpy in places, the cheeky nature of combat makes KickRead full post »

  Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie Poster

Sixth grader Greg Heffley learns important lessons about friendship, being a good friend and identity in Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  A light-hearted, middle-school buddy movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a perfect dump and run movie.

Entering middle school wasn’t as easy as… Read full post »


Shutter Island Movie Poster



U.S. Marshalls go to Shutter Island, a mental hospital for the criminally insane, to find an escaped prisoner and stumble across a bigger mystery.   Brief, but frequent moments of shoddy writing and cinematography damage the experience of what might have otherwi… Read full post »

  What if this was your neighborhood?

The suffering in Haiti is in such a scale, we may not be able to wrap our mind around it.  The only doctors, except CNN TV doctors are running away from hospitals because they are scared of potential violence.  People are literally dying in the street or under buildings,… Read full post »

  The Lovely Bones Poster

 In The Lovely Bones, a young girl struggles to reach out to her grieving, self-destructive father as he tries to solve her death.  Segmented bits of semi-connected subplots sever the audience’s connection to the story.

Jack Salmon’s (Mark Wahlberg) world comes c… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 20, 2009 1:57AM

Red Cliff (Chi bi) - Exquisite

  Red Cliff Movie Poster

In Red Cliff (Chi bi), the people of China’s southlands face a power-hungry Prime Minister bent on taking over the entire country.   Compelling story telling, exquisite visuals, and captivating battle scenes weave together to create a brilliant cinematic tapestry.

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  Twilight New Moon Movie Poster

Twilight:  New Moon is a 14 year old girl’s dream movie.  It reminded me of the romances I had as a teenager – a wreck.

Something happened before Twilight: New Moon began, what that was, the audience doesn’t know.  It’s obvious there is a romance b/… Read full post »

  2012 Movie Poster

In 2012, the world sinks into… the world.  A ridiculous, nonsensical, pseudo-comedic bit of film making, 2012 made me wish for the end of the world.

Metamorphosing gamma rays zingalinged the subterranean super magma in the core of the earth, when the sun had a temper tantrum/… Read full post »

Over the past few weeks I've been talking with Skeptical Inquirer Magazine about writing reviews for skeptics on their website. I'm elated to say the kinks have been worked out and it's official; I'm their voice in the dark (theater). This is a fantastic opportunity for me to write for people… Read full post »


A Christmas Carol Movie Poster


Animated and in 3D, Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday story, A Christmas Carol, spills onto screens again.  A garish demonstration of the capabilities of the new 3D technology, the story only pops out when it possesses an opportunity to show off the technology.

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Cirque du Freak  The Vampires Assistant Poster


 Marvelous reckless abandon in Cirque du Freak – The Vampire’s Assistant, falls prey to an invisible, ill timed hand of meaningless restraint.  The restraint is not only unnecessary, it puts a lampshade over the brilliance in this movie.  

Goodie-two-sh… Read full post »

In 1980, Citibank was going broke.  Rises in inflation meant that they were paying more to borrow money than they could get by lending it to their credit card customers.  New York’s strict usury rules (caps on interest rates to consumers) sent Citibank out on a hunt for a new base… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 1:33AM

Love Happens - Unfortunately

  Love Happens Poster

Even motivational speakers can be stricken with bouts of insecurity and Burke is no different.  Love Happens’ flat main characters are almost saved by complex and well portrayed secondary characters who steal the scenes whenever they are on screen.

After the death of his w… Read full post »

There are few things that can get under my skin like the education system in America. We do not do enough to teach our kids about the real wonders in the world through logical inspection and we fail miserably to teach them to respect or understand history. Schools that respect the… Read full post »