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Riddle of the Sands

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In Robert Farley
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On September 7, 2011
Last week at APSA I chaired a panel on IR Theory and Grand Strategy.  I discuss one of the papers in this week’s WPR column: In 1903, the novel “Riddle of the Sands” was published to great acclaim in the United Kingdom. Written by Erskine Childers, the novel told the story of a secret German […]

San Pietro

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On September 6, 2011

Loomis has been badgering me for a while to watch The Battle of San Pietro, and in a moment of weakness I finally succumbed. It’s truly fantastic; some thoughts: Mark Clark’s intro is just

I hadn’t read Andrew O’Hehir’s screed against unemployed movie critic bellyaching until Wolcott linked to it, but I think that both O’Hehir and Wolcott make solid points about the future of film criticism. Wolcott: I miss those days, but they’re not coming back, any more than the doors of CBGB’s will open to reveal the […]

Valkyrie

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On July 2, 2010

I finally watched Valkyrie this week, and I ended up liking it a lot more than I expected. Unlike many critics, I thought that Cruise did a solid job as Stauffenberg; within the parameters of the film

So, the Avatar Thing..

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In Robert Farley
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On January 23, 2010
Saw Avatar last week, and apparently I must weigh in. Lot’s o’ spoilers ahead… Is Avatar racist?Sure, but that’s not a very interesting question. Back before I saw 300, I was prepared to be irritated by its racism, ethnocentrism, and violence to history, but after watching for about 20 minutes I realized that all of […]

Rebuilding Your Reputation

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On September 24, 2009

I just have one thing to say about the Red Dawn remake: I will not complain that it is “too wingnutty.” In fact, I’ll complain if it’s not wingnutty enough. If Barack Obama isn

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