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Logan: Where Progressive Bitching and Populist Paranoia Meet

March 5, 2017

Here’s a recipe: 1 part Bernie Sanders style progressivism hatred for patriotism 3 parts Trump populism that hates GMO’s, thinks businesses are all monopolies, hates automation 1 part the terribly pretentious film Children of Men 1 part the over-rated Western Shane 1 part an X-men spinoff franchise that has never made a good movie 50,000… Read More ›

Elementary Politics at Phoenix Comicon

The writers at Elementary Politics all have a lot of different obsessions. Some of us read books about the Revolutionary War like they’re going out of style, some of us read Supreme Court case briefs for fun, and others like to argue with people about foreign policy. The one thing we all have in common though… Read More ›

Elementary Politics review of 2016 in film–just about the only good thing in this year.

So this year was good for quality movies but light on honorable mentions, which honestly I can deal with.  But still we miss the magic number of a top 10 movies. I fear we may never get to that magic number, especially since, as we’ll see at the end of the article not too much… Read More ›

Collateral Beauty: Great movie, bring tissue

“Just be sure to notice the collateral beauty.” Okay, so, I can’t really talk about Collateral Beauty due to all the spoilers that would be needed to talk about it in any depth. Short version: Go see it and bring tissues because you will cry.  Also this movie is remarkably clever and funny at unexpected… Read More ›

Suicide Squad–a look at the prison system

“Don’t forget, we’re the bad guys.” “On the inside, you’re ugly.” “We all are!” The extended cut for Suicide Squad is out which finally gives us the chance to talk about the film in some depth. And it would appear that while not as central to the movies directed by Zach Snyder, the fact that… Read More ›

Doctor Strange: It’s a Trip Within A Trip

Doctor Strange was surrounded by fandom irritation at the wrong casting of Doctor Strange and the so called white washing of the important character of the Ancient One. But how does the movie really do?

Denial: Important history, mediocre movie

Sometimes there are stories in history that must be told and work very, very well on camera.  Schindler’s List, The King’s Speech, John Adams.  Arguably they’re not always perfectly historically accurate, but they are good enough to tell the core of the truth but still be a good work of cinema.  Sometimes good history makes… Read More ›

The Accountant: One of the Best Films of the Year

Unquestionably one of the best movies of the year…and depending on how the rest of Oscar season goes it might actually be the best. The story of an autistic accountant who is a little more than meets the eye. Okay let’s start with the spoiler free stuff. This movie is exceptional.  It is not only… Read More ›

In the midst of all the action, Inferno asks some deep political questions

Is saving the world worth billions of lives? That’s what some of Inferno‘s characters think. They believe every problem facing us can be traced to overpopulation, and they’re willing to release a plague to reduce our numbers. It’s a timely issue – has been for decades. And yet, the catastrophe radical environmentalists predict keeps failing to… Read More ›

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children–enjoyable, worth seeing but nothing great.

As you might expect, as usual, I went into this movie with less than high expectations (I think it’s best, it allows you to be pleasantly surprised).  After all, so many of the movies based on young adult fiction have all been less than stellar over the last decade or so (I’m honestly trying to… Read More ›

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