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Five Reasons You Should Absolutely be (Re)Watching The West Wing

Since the advent of TV on DVD (and even more so since the creation of Netflix’s instant streaming service), I’ve been a shameless proselytizer for the many excellent TV programs of the last, say, decade and a half that I’ve caught up on once their original audiences moved on or well after the original audience […]

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Open Heart

We find ourselves in another friday in which I have delayed writing my required weekly post. So in lieu of an attempt at relevant social commentary with more than a healthy amount of sarcasm, I offer you another movie. Open Heart is up for an Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject. I am guessing you will not […]

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A Place At The Table

I listen to NPR. I listen to NPR a lot. I may have even donated to my local station for two consecutive years. I may or may not also have a Bob Dylan tribute CD because of said donations. That CD may or may not be in the trash right now because Miley Cyrus and […]

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On Torture and Abortion and Art and Moral Responsibility

Over Christmas break, a friend of mine in town from Los Angeles (he works in “the industry,” and he said that without any irony whatsoever) was discussing with me the slate of then-upcoming theatrical releases we were both excited to see. One of us mentioned Zero Dark Thirty and I said that I’d read somewhere […]

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#26 Five Underrated Movies of the 2000s

Administrator’s Note: We here at TTAF are taking a break from blogging for the rest of the year. We feel that it is important that we take some time off to spend with friends and family, and also to relax a bit as the past year has been hectic for all four of us. We […]

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#27 The Dark Knight Rises and the Trouble with Expectations

Administrator’s Note: We here at TTAF are taking a break from blogging for the rest of the year. We feel that it is important that we take some time off to spend with friends and family, and also to relax a bit as the past year has been hectic for all four of us. We […]

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#35 Five Overrated Movies of the 2000s

Administrator’s Note: We here at TTAF are taking a break from blogging for the rest of the year. We feel that it is important that we take some time off to spend with friends and family, and also to relax a bit as the past year has been hectic for all four of us. We […]

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Coming Attractions: Five Movies I Really Want to See

Movies get better in the fall, mainly because award season is right around the corner, and studios want their films to still be in critics’ consciousness when their Oscar ballots arrive. The whole let’s-just-wait-and-release-all-the-good-movies-from-October-to-December thing has actually gotten so out of hand that it’s almost shocking when a good movie comes out at any other […]

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Robin Williams Doesn’t Exist

Or, at least, the character he played in Dead Poet’s Society doesn’t. “Carpe Diem. Sieze the day. Make your lives extraordinary!” With these words, English teachers the world over fell in love with Dead Poets Society and its talismanic teacher, John Keating. Played by Robin Williams, Mr. Keating brims with the confidence, inventiveness, and genius […]

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