@rkylesmith



No One Saw ‘Moonlight.’ Why Did it Win the Oscar?

The hilarious fiasco that ended the 89th annual Academy Awards may have given us all something to talk about, but Oscar’s real problem isn’t that he tripped over his own shoelaces. It’s that he has turned his back on us. For decades, the top honors from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences went … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

The Latest Front in the Culture Wars? Historical Correctness

If you think political correctness is disturbing, you probably aren’t fully aware of how deeply entrenched it is in American culture. But it is such an immutable characteristic of the Left that it can never be satisfied, and must always push on to the next frontier to satisfy its grievances. And the Left has already … Continued

Culture


The Real Motivation Behind the Left’s “Niceness”

It might be difficult to believe in the wake of the recent election, but if there is a guiding principle to today’s left-leaning bourgeoisie, it is niceness. The votes of this group depend largely on which party is seen as being nicer to those most in need. Being nice to minorities, women, the disabled, gay … Continued

Culture



Hey, ‘Hamilton’ Stars: Stop Your Ridiculous Liberal Grandstanding

To understand how conservatives feel about the disgraceful decision of a Broadway actor to single out Vice-President-elect Mike Pence from the stage following a performance of Hamilton and lecture him, picture a young black man walking into a jewelry store to buy a present for his mother. He’s never been in the store before, but … Continued

Culture

The Great Celebrity Freak-Out Over Trump

Take a deep breath, celebrities. When oxygen returns to your brains, you’ll realize a few things. You want to sell tickets to the 52 percent of Americans who didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton. You want your shows to be watched by people who live between the coasts. Maybe (and this is going out on a … Continued

Politics

Why Movies Like ‘Moonlight’ Favor Pity Over Storytelling

According to the review aggregator Metacritic.com, this year’s best movie is Moonlight, which on its initial day of release sported a near-perfect score of 99 percent on the site, meaning that it is receiving virtually the highest possible marks from critics across the board. Directed by Barry Jenkins, the movie is a sensitive, poetically realized … Continued

Entertainment, Movies