‘Stranger Things’ and Eighties Nostalgia

There was no mistaking the distinctive voice of Vincent Price in the trailer for the new season of the Netflix show Stranger Things, nor could viewers miss the many references to the 1980s—from Ghostbusters to the pleasures of arcade games. Although I was born in 1983, a year after Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was released, I … Continued

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A Dystopian Movie with a Surprisingly Pro-Family Message

We never tire of dystopian plot lines, or so it would seem from the abundance of books, movies, and television series that feature oppressive, futuristic regimes. According to the Encyclopedia for Science Fiction, dystopian stories point “fearfully at the way the world is supposedly going in order to provide urgent propaganda for a change in … Continued

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Seinfeld Shows It’s Not Easy Being Clean

About half-way through watching Jerry Before Seinfeld, the comedian’s new special on Netflix, I had a revelation. There was no need to wait until my children went to bed to turn this on. I’m not the first person to note that Seinfeld is a family-friendly comedian. As Mark Oppenheimer wrote in Tablet last week, “When … Continued

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‘The Defenders’ and the Challenge of a Christian Superhero

Like millions of others, I eagerly devoured Marvel’s latest Netflix miniseries, The Defenders. It was…ok, but certainly not on the level we’ve come to expect from Marvel. It set the bar pretty high with its previous Netflix shows—well, except Iron Fist—and I couldn’t wait to see my favorite part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or … Continued

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Selective Editing Sinks Press Freedom Documentary ‘Nobody Speak’

The new Netflix documentary, Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press, sets out to defend the media. However, its deceptive editing undermines any sympathy that a careful viewer might have had for the film or its subject. Directed by Brian Knappenberger, Nobody Speak’s thesis is that the First Amendment and press freedom are being threatened … Continued

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‘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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