Category Archives: Columns

A Few Thoughts on The X-Files – Season 10

The X-Files Season 10, despite some reviews saying it lost a step, couldn’t have more captured the original show. It was the classic mixture of absolutely-off-the-cuff bullshit sold as its “mythology,” a single genius episode buried within, a couple worthy … Continue reading

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The American Gun Debate: How Can We Curb Gun Violence?

Last New Year’s Eve, in Florida, a mother shot her daughter to death because she thought she was an intruder. In California, a father killed his son’s bedridden mother, girlfriend and friend before the son wrestled the gun away and … Continue reading

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7 Movies (And 5 Trends) To Watch Out For In 2016

7. Zoolander 2 Release date(s): February 12 Ah, the Wall Street 2 of comedy sequels. The cultural timing seems right but can it break the comedy sequel curse? Anchorman 2 was supposed to, then missed the mark wide. Skepticism aside, … Continue reading

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Fear, Our Old Friend

Dear Readers, 2016 is upon us and that means 2015 is behind us. Last January, I set out to write a blog for a year. I’d become far too insulated during my college years. Time I would have spent reading … Continue reading

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Sam’s Top 7 Movies of 2015

7. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Dir. Christopher McQuarrie (The Way of the Gun, Jack Reacher) Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin, Simon McBurney, Tom Hollander Tom Cruise never fails to entertain … Continue reading

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Dear Republicans, You Need to Evolve, Part 2

(UPDATED: December 8, 2015) Dear Grand Old Party, Hey. It’s me. Listen, I know we don’t get along. At all. The animosity has gotten out of hand at times but who hasn’t forced their roommate to invade another guy’s house based on … Continue reading

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Next on The Walking Dead – Season 6 . . . and 7 and 8

As you’re hopefully aware, The Walking Dead, like cultural counterpart Game of Thrones, spawned from separate-but-equal source material, in this case an ongoing comic series by Robert Kirkman. I wrote an article back when Season 5 concluded in March of … Continue reading

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State of the Slog

Dear Readers, Back in June, prior to my Chautauquan sojourn, I asked you what features you wanted more of from the Slog. The poll revealed that the majority of this blog’s visitors favor my reviews over other content so for the … Continue reading

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A Look at a Hypothetical Trump Presidency

Let’s look in our crystal ball and see what kind of President Donald Trump would be. The last few weeks have been rough for The Donald. Sure, he very specifically called a whole nation a bunch of criminals and rapists … Continue reading

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Dear Republicans: Not To Trample On Your Religious Liberty, But You Got to Evolve

The best view death I’ve ever read was from Steve Jobs, a former hippie who became one of the biggest corporate icons of the modern era. In other words, he was a Frankenstein monster conservatives and liberals still love to debate. He … Continue reading

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