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On Cleveland

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Commentary | 0 comments

I get frustrated when I read about Cleveland. It was my home for six years, three of which I spent living inside the city. It’s not just the jokes about a city that really is on the rise that bug me, though. It’s the way the Clevelanders defend it. I loved Cleveland for a lot of reasons, and had I not had the opportunity to move to Austin, Texas, a cinephile paradise, I would probably still live there today. But these are not reasons I would have stayed: If anyone else wants to make up a list about Cleveland, feel free to mention our world-renowned Cleveland Museum of Art, world-class Cleveland Orchestra and world-famous Cleveland Clinic. If you toss in University Hospitals Case Medical Center and MetroHealth, you’re in medical Mecca. That was Regina Brett’s defense in her article “Cleveland is a city on fire.” She wrote that article with good reason. Once again, Cleveland jokes became headlines when the RNC announced it was chose for the 2016 Republican National Convention and Lebron James said he was going home. But world-class this and old culture that don’t make Cleveland, Cleveland. Another reason I wouldn’t want to live in Cleveland? Affordable housing, colleges, diversity, young professionals or pretty much anything listed in this Thought Catalog post....

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TARGETS, Guns and the Violence Norm

Posted by on Jul 13, 2014 in Commentary | 0 comments

I come from a gun family. There were more guns in my house than there were pieces of furniture. It wasn’t due to paranoia or even the idea of safety. No, my father simply like to hunt. And my first gun was a .30-06, which I used to shoot my first—and last—deer. I didn’t have the stomach for it. Still, guns have never put me off. The gun I used while hunting was the same type a spree-killing sniper uses in Peter Bogdanovich’s first movie Targets. It’s a film both modeled after and in response to the Charles Whitman massacre at the University of Texas, where, after killing his wife and mother, he climbed the UT Tower and killed another 16 people. He wounded 32 more. At the beginning of the film, there’s a message tacked on by the studio positioning the film as pro-gun control picture. It was, after all, released just months after the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But there’s something disingenuous about the message at the start of the film. It never really feels like a pro-gun control picture, but rather a reaction to what was at the time unimaginable violence, be it Vietnam or Charles Whitman or political assassinations. Even the horrors on screen...

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AFFLUENZA’s Strengths Outweigh Its Weaknesses

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Movie Review | 0 comments

Redhead Review: Affluenza Affluenza, the newest feature from Holy Rollers (2010) director Kevin Asch, is a fairly predictable, formulaic glimpse into the lives of entitled teens and their absent, equally spoiled parents living in Great Neck, Long Island during the summer preceding the 2008 financial crisis. The film centers specifically on middle-class teen Fischer Miller (Ben Rosenfield) who spends the summer there with his rich cousin Kate (Nicola Peltz) and her friends, selling weed to them and expertly photographing...

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Rian Johnson Is The Latest Boring White Guy To Get A STAR WARS Gig

Posted by on Jun 22, 2014 in The Pictures | 0 comments

Because what Star Wars needed is another boring white guy in charge of franchise movies, Disney has hired Rian Johnson, director of two okay films like (Brick and Looper) and one bad one (The Brothers Bloom), to take the reigns of the sequel trilogy after J.J. Abrams finishes the relaunch with Star Wars VII. According to Deadline, Johnson is set take on the major task of writing and directing Star Wars VIII and IX, which will conclude the new trilogy.   I’m happy for Rian. He’s worked hard for this...

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HOMEMAKERS Lacks Direction But Speaks To Lost Souls

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Movie Review | 0 comments

Readhead Review: Homemakers Homemakers finds part-time Austin-based punk singer Irene McCabey, played by Rachel McKeon, off to claim her inheritance in Pittsburgh—after her grandfather passes away, she is left with an abandoned and dilapidated three-story house. She runs into a long-lost cousin (turned drinking partner) named Cam, and they attempt to restore the house together, or demolish it—it is, at least initially, troublingly unclear which, or what Irene really even wants. She says she wants to sell it, but she...

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