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Oscars Too Old For You? Grow Up!

Posted on 03/1/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentAre you as sick and tired as I am of hearing about how this year’s Oscars skewed so old? You know: the host was old, the winners were old, the classic movie were old… The New York Times (that arbiter of all things hip and snappy) opined that the proceedings resembled “an AARP pep rally.” Well, yeah. Sorry, kids, but you’ll just have to get used to the fact that Billy Crystal is funnier than anyone you’ve got; actors, directors, …

The Last WWI Vet…and the Lasting Legacy of Film

Posted on 05/6/2011 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThe last combat veteran of World War I died the other day–Claude “Chuckles” Choules was 110 when he passed away at an Australian nursing home. With him passes the only first-hand memory of what it was like to don a helmet and go to war against The Kaiser—and so the responsibility of passing that legacy on falls to historians…and the movies. Not nearly enough films have been made about what was, for my money, the most pointless, shamefully wasteful war …