Archive for the ‘Movies & Television’ Category

World Trade Center

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

I finally saw the movie “World Trade Center.” It’s a very, very good film – extremely powerful and moving. If Oliver Stone has any conspiracy theories concerning 9/11, he left them out of the film. I highly recommend it.

Censorship By Any Other Name…

Friday, September 8th, 2006

I touched on this earlier, but it’s worth revisiting, especially this paragraph:

The Communications Act of 1934 provides your network with a free broadcast license predicated on the fundamental understanding of your principle obligation to act as a trustee of the public airwaves in serving the public interest. Nowhere is this public interest obligation more apparent than in the duty of broadcasters to serve the civic needs of a democracy by promoting an open and accurate discussion of political ideas and events.

This sounds like a threat. Cancel the miniseries, or you’re off the air. Now, I doubt that this will actually happen, but for the Senate Majority Leader to make such a statement sends a chill down the spines of those of us who believe in free speech.

Is the series fair? I have no idea; I haven’t seen it. I’m sure that it’s full of exaggerations. But how many historical movies are actually accurate? Pearl Harbor? Titanic? Pocahontas? The series might be unfair; again, I don’t know. But it is protected by the First Amendment. For Reid to threaten ABC’s broadcast license shows a tinge of fascism behind his attack dog demeanor.

9/11 Miniseries Under Fire

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

This makes me much more interested in seeing the upcoming 9/11 miniseries.

50 Years of WBIR

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

WBIR is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary. In my book, WBIR is the best local news affiliate in Knoxville, with folks like Bill Williams, Robin Wilhoit, Russel Biven, Beth Haynes, Bill Landry, and Ken Schwall making their news broadcasts worth watching.

It’s Miller Time

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Dennis Miller is returning to the airwaves, as a contributor on Hannity & Colmes. I may have to start watching H&C again…

The Duh Vinci Code

Monday, May 15th, 2006

So yeah, I finished The Da Vinci Code. I’m no longer excited about the movie. The book was pretty blah.

It wasn’t bad, exactly. But it kind of reminded me of a good B- movie; good for what it is, but nothing more. Now imagine said B- movie being the biggest blockbuster of the summer. Yet, it’s still a B- movie. A good one even, but still a B- movie.

In a way it reminded me of National Treasure, a movie that was all the rage a while back but which I also thought was kinda lame. It had an interesting basic story, but it got far too implausible. How much can happen in one night? A lot, apparently.

I can vaguely understand the claim that this book is offensive to Christians, particularly Catholics, but it’s so ridiculously over the top that I doubt anyone can take it seriously. Sure it makes you wonder about what the church might be hiding, but only in a goofy sort of way, like Marvin Martian makes you wonder about life on other planets.

Anyway, if you have any interest in the book, I recommend reading it. You may love it (obviously, lots of people do). But color me unimpressed.

Bell Witch

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

So I saw “An American Haunting” last night.