Monthly Archives: May 2013

“Before Midnight”

(Welcome Marginal Revolution readers.  Feel free to browse.  This is an eclectic blog and you might find something to catch your interest.) Fenster writes: Film may be better at war-war than jaw-jaw, but if you love words as I do you are … Continue reading

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“Ask the Dust”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Written and directed by Robert Towne from the novel by John Fante, you’d never know from watching this film that the source material was one of Charles Bukowski’s primary influences. Set in Depression-era Los Angeles, Fante’s novel … Continue reading

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Taking Down Krugman

epiminondas writes: “The Republican party is still defined by a coalition of Church people, Chamber of Commerce people, and Military people. And as anyone who has so much as flipped through an issue of Reason or The American Conservative can … Continue reading

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“Marked for Death”

Paleo Retiree writes: Steven Seagal movie from 1990, and — not that I’m a scholar of Seagal’s work, mind you — one of his best, IMHO. It’s slickly directed (by Dwight H. Little), amusingly designed (by Robb Wilson King), and … Continue reading

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Of Kings, Coinage, and Castration

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: I recently watched the first two seasons of “Monarchy,” a BBC series covering the history of the English kings and queens going back to the late Roman period. Despite the ridiculously affected speech of narrator David … Continue reading

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Letter from China: In-flight Rhetoric

Fenster writes: Sponsored rhetoric will always reflect the interests, and interest, of the sponsor. We get that automatically in the Era of Spin, that you can’t much trust any statement on its face, and that your brain has to automatically … Continue reading

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A Day at the Ballpark

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Went to a Dodger game this weekend for the first time in many years. A few random observations: The most annoying thing was the constant music/sound efx to keep the crowd amped up. There was dance music … Continue reading

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Cocktail Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes: The “Wry Lemon” cocktail at Greenwich Village’s great Cornelia Street Café: Templeton Rye, Cynar, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Dutchess Colonial bitters. The drink is special to the Cornelia Street Café but it’s so excellent, and in … Continue reading

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Lloyd Fonvielle on “A.I.”

Fenster writes: A thank you to Lloyd Fonvielle for writing a wonderful and insightful piece on Spielberg’s A.I.  Thanks for the piece itself, which is an excellent read, and for sparing me the trouble of writing at too much length … Continue reading

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“Rust and Bone”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: This movie might have been something had director Jacques Audiard bothered to give it a shape and some conciseness. I love Marion Cotillard; she reminds me a bit of Nadia Sibirskaia, though there’s a smidge of … Continue reading

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