May 24, 2017

A Brief Review of 10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield LaneAlthough I liked Cloverfield (2008), 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) was a film I forgot to see when it was first released. I wanted to see it because I liked the first one and because I have liked John Goodman in almost everything I've seen him in. I even remember seeing a trailer for the film and wanting to see what he'd do with a role like this. But for whatever reason, I forgot all about 10 Cloverfield Lane until stumbling across it recently. Kind of like Don't Breathe, this is a film that is tricky to review without giving too much away and ruining it. Once again, I'll be careful not to do that.

To say that I came into 10 Cloverfield Lane with few expectations would be an understatement. I don't recall reading any reviews of it, and I remembered only 3 things about it: John Goodman was in it, it had something to do with an underground bunker, and it should not be considered a sequel to Cloverfield in that it bore little resemblance to the first film. Now that I've seen it, I'd have to say that this last point is fairly close to being accurate. Someone watching this film because they want Cloverfield 2 is likely to be disappointed. This film is so divorced from the previous one that one can safely watch it without ever having seen Cloverfield. It really is its own story, and a much better one, in my opinion.

May 23, 2017

Could Atheism Replace Religion?

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I was asked recently whether I thought atheism could replace religion. I said that I thought atheism could replace religion only in the sense that religion could eventually die out and then I suppose one might say that atheism had replaced it. In the absence of religion, we'd have atheism. I recognized that this wasn't really what the other party was really asking about, and so I explained that I did not think atheism could replace religion in the sense of being a viable alternative to religion or in meeting the various needs some have that are met by religion. Atheism doesn't have enough content to do anything of the sort. It is not a belief system and offers nothing beyond an answer to one small question. As far as a real substitute for religion, it seems like a poor one.

May 21, 2017

No Politician in History

I imagine most of you have already seen this image countless times, but I couldn't resist sharing it. The quote is yet another in a long series of "Trumpisms" from our president, complete with his characteristically oblivious narcissism and overly sensitive whining about the mainstream news media being mean to him. Poor snowflake!

May 19, 2017

Who is Responsible for the Negative Media Coverage of Trump?

Let's Talk About WhiningBelieve it or not, my Trump fatigue has subsided a bit. With virtually all the news in the last couple weeks being Trump-related, I wouldn't have guessed it either. My second wind probably won't last long, but I'll ride it out for now.

President Trump has been doing an awful lot of whining lately about the mainstream news media being mean to him. I guess this is nothing new. It was a central feature of his presidential campaign. It does seem to have intensified recently though.

Given his near constant and over-the-top criticism of the news media since he started his campaign and the incompetence he has demonstrated in office so far, I have to wonder why he would expect anything different. Does he really think reporters will ignore all the evidence in front of them and pander to his ego? Not even Fox News seems to be doing that, at least not consistently.

Media coverage of Trump is going to be primarily negative, at least in part, because he keeps screwing up and pushing unpopular policies. It wouldn't surprise me if it was also primarily negative because of the degree to which he has deliberately antagonized so many of the reporters who have to cover him. Instead of continuing to whine, maybe it is time for him to do something positive for the middle class. That just might bring him some positive coverage.

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