Sean Penn

“Gangster Squad” and Why Winter is the New Summer

In the wake of the shootings last year in Aurora and Newtown, movie violence is under heavier scrutiny than we have seen in years. Many pundits and elected officials have raised the issue as a potential part of the problem of gun violence, but due to Wayne LaPierre’s polarizing press conference, it seems less likely…

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“Looper” Offers a Ride but Misses the Point

The time-travel movie is a genre unto itself, and in order to satisfy the fan base, each one must address a very specific set of paradoxes. What happens if you meet your future self? When you change the past, how do you experience that in the present? Of course, in the end the biggest question…

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Smalltown, USA: Recap and Thoughts on Conservative Movies

Last week, we counted down the Top 5 Most (Secretly) Conservative Movies of All-Time. When I started thinking about the list, I was as shocked as you were to see some of my favorite movie stars in such conservative movies. Does this mean that the actors, writers, and directors involved in those movies are really…

Bruce WIllis

The Most (Secretly) Conservative Movie of All Time

Over the past two days, we have counted down four of the top five most conservative movies of all-time. Feel free to check out part one and part two. But now we have come to #1, the most conservative movie of all time. Action movies in the 1980s essentially functioned as feature-length campaign videos for…