‘Master of None’ and the Virtuous Millennial

The millennial role model is here. It’s not a brash comedienne or an idealistic politician—it’s a short Indian dude. In the second season of Aziz Ansari’s Netflix series, Master of None, the show focuses on a millennial protagonist trying to do the right thing, a welcome change from the cynical ethos of many shows on … Continued

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Why Those ‘Woke’ Feminist Movies and TV Shows Are So Bad

When does a television show cross the line from entertainment into propaganda? Consider the upcoming Netflix show, GLOW. The setup is promising. The series is a fictionalized look at the female wrestling franchise (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) from the 1980s. Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin play dueling wrestlers fighting more than just each other. Spoiler … Continued

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Is Porn OK If It’s Made by Women?

Women probably make better porn than men. But that doesn’t mean that anyone should embrace it. Erika Lust disagrees. The feminist filmmaker featured in the first episode of the new Netflix series, Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On, wants everyone to believe that if a woman is in charge, porn is suddenly a powerful, positive force … Continued

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Everybody Hates Capitalism but Nobody Hates Netflix

Remember when you had to go to Blockbuster to rent an actual movie? You had to get there Friday before 6:00 pm to make sure the newest releases were still in stock. Enter Netflix. It not only saved a trip to the store, but after experimenting with mailing DVD’s, it started streaming movies via the … Continued

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Bill Nye, the Ideological Science Guy

You may remember Bill Nye from Bill Nye the Science Guy, the beloved 90s kid’s science show. But Nye’s new Netflix show, modestly titled Bill Nye Saves the World, targets adults—and ruins his legacy in the process. Saves the World tackles contemporary issues like GMOs, artificial intelligence, and homeopathy. Nye tries to explain with his … Continued

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Two New Movies Agree: Mean People Suck

Two new movies suggest something any Facebook user already knows: We’re getting far too good at being bad to our neighbors. The main character in the film, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, might be the most milquetoast heroine in recent memory. Ruth is a loner living in a nondescript home in … Continued

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Good Grief in ‘Gilmore Girls’

There is a quote in Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray that has a tinge of truth, as most quotes by Oscar Wilde do: “It is only shallow people who require years to get rid of an emotion. A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. … Continued

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Yes, Binge Watching Makes You Stupid

Binge is the new black. That’s what Netflix, and other media outlets tell us as they rev up for the holiday season. Are your in-laws too much? Kids driving you nuts? Had enough holiday cooking, cleaning, and entertaining? Well, take a break from real life and the stresses of the holidays and focus on something … Continued

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