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Film Review: It Was A Wonderful Life*

What would the Christmas holiday season be like without Frank Capra’s 1946 classic, It’s a Wonderful Life? For millions around the world...

Mar 25, 2020
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7 Mins
Wonder Woman: Post-Feminist Heroine?

The Amazons, the ancients tell us, were a violent bunch. “The Scythians call (them) Oiorpata, or as it may be interpreted, men-slayers

Jun 12, 2017
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Jennifer Anju Grossman
3 Mins
Films that Make Us Feel Alive

In The Romantic Manifesto: A Philosophy of Literature, published in 1971, Ayn Rand articulated a simple framework for classifying art.

May 20, 2017
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Vinay Kolhatkar
8 Mins
On Viewing Forbidden Planet on Its 60th Anniversary

Science fiction reflects our hopes and fears for the future and, at its best, it offers an elixir of inspiration. On viewing the 1956 film F

Jun 2, 2016
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Edward Hudgins
7 Mins
Marguerite - movie review

Sometimes you might tell a little white lie because you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. But the lies often end in tragedy...

Apr 4, 2016
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Edward Hudgins
5 Mins
Disney’s Zootopia Teaches Kids about Inept Government


The popular Disney kid-flick Zootopia does something unusual for Hollywood: it takes a swipe at government...

Mar 29, 2016
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Edward Hudgins
3 Mins
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - review

The Force Awakens recycles plot elements, scenarios, reveals, bar scenes, Death Stars, and surviving characters from the original trilogy

Dec 22, 2015
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Edward Hudgins
4 Mins
On Viewing 2001: The First Transhumanist Film

A Space Odyssey again on the big screen. That’s the best way to see this visually stunning cinematic poem, like I saw it during its...

Nov 20, 2015
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Edward Hudgins
5 Mins
Steve Jobs (movie review
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If you’re a fan of Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder and digital age revolutionary, you might find Steve Jobs the movie a bit hard to take...

Oct 22, 2015
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Edward Hudgins
7 Mins
The Martian (movie review)

The Martian, from director Ridley Scott, is an exciting film about an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet. It celebrates the heroism that

Oct 2, 2015
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Edward Hudgins
6 mins
Ex Machina movie review

As work in robotics and merging man and machine accelerates, we can expect more movies on this theme. Some, like Transcendence, will be

May 12, 2015
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Edward Hudgins
6 Mins
Review of Interstellar

Interstellar shouts to the world that Americans should be achievers, but then it steals from them the ability to succeed.Interstellar-movie

Dec 3, 2014
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4 mins
Ayn Rand, the Movies, and the Idea of America

The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) has recently released a little-known monograph by Ayn Rand called "Textbook of Americanism." The

Oct 2, 2014
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The Moral and Cultural Significance of "Genie, you're free"

“Genie, you’re free.” In Disney’s Aladdin, those are the words in which the Genie learns that after thousands of years of being forced to...

Aug 13, 2014
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Alexander R. Cohen
3 Mins
The Sanction of the Victim

The central plot device in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is the strike of the producers led by John Galt. And the essential purpose of the

Aug 6, 2014
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David Kelley
2 Mins
Climate Kerfuffle on Cosmos

I’m a big fan of the Cosmos reboot series, just as I was of the Carl Sagan original. But the host Neil deGrasse Tyson recently stumbled very

May 23, 2014
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Edward Hudgins
4 Mins
Bitcoin and the Ayn Rand Imagination

Bitcoin is a digital money sweeping the world and offering some degree of freedom from government currencies. It imitates the scarcity of...

Apr 24, 2014
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5 Mins
Cosmos Reboot and Sagan's Legacy

Fox and the National Geographic Channel are broadcasting a reboot of astronomer Carl Sagan’s classic 1980 TV series Cosmos: A Personal Journ

Mar 10, 2014
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Edward Hudgins
5 Mins
Dallas Buyers Club Says "It's Your Life!"

Congratulations to Matthew McConaughey for winning the best actor Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club! The film and his fine performance highlight

Mar 4, 2014
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Aaron Day
3 Mins
Minecraft, Video Games, and Objectivist Values

Thanksgiving evening at home — snow on the ground outside, the hum of the dishwasher in the kitchen, half-eaten pies on the counter. The ...

Dec 10, 2013
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3 Mins
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