Entertainment

Commentary on entertainment, movies, videos, plays, video games, etc.

Why Teen Depression Rates Are Rising Faster for Girls Than Boys

Why Teen Depression Rates Are Rising Faster for Girls Than Boys

Teenage girls experience a much higher rate of depression compared with boys. There are several reasons for this disparity.

Jane Austen Fans Deserve Better Than 'Sanditon'

Jane Austen Fans Deserve Better Than 'Sanditon'

The new edition of Jane Austen's unfinished novel "Sanditon" is decidedly un-Austen like, unnecessarily sexed up, and just poor quality across the board.

Gollum and the Spirit of Christmas

Gollum and the Spirit of Christmas

Gollum is more like Ebenezer Scrooge than one might think, and his story teaches us an important Christmas lesson as well.

‘The Far Side’ Is Returning… But Can the PC Crowd Handle It?

‘The Far Side’ Is Returning… But Can the PC Crowd Handle It?

People can’t take a joke anymore. Will Larson’s humor still be appreciated, or will he unintentionally poke at the sacred cows of political correctness and mortally offend the nation?

Star Wars Actor: Ignoring Trolls Is a Sign of Mental Strength

Star Wars Actor: Ignoring Trolls Is a Sign of Mental Strength

Are those suffering from social media trolls just "not mentally strong"? Or is there more to surviving a stream of Twitter abuse?

Huge Baseball Contracts Come With Record Breaking Taxes

Huge Baseball Contracts Come With Record Breaking Taxes

Three players signed contracts for a total of $814 million recently. If they'd signed those contracts for different teams, they'd be taking home a lot more.

The Rise and Rise of Modest Fashion

The Rise and Rise of Modest Fashion

Why is it that attitudes, after the laissez faire ones of the sixties and onward, now may be changing?

Lost Innocence: Let’s Give Children a Childhood

Lost Innocence: Let’s Give Children a Childhood

Educating includes how we shape our children's reading choices. 

Painting Tinseltown Red

Painting Tinseltown Red

Just last week, the citizens of Los Angeles awoke to find these posters plastered on bus stops and public benches.

Rolling Stone: Men Who Abstain From Porn Are Dangerous Alt-Righters

Rolling Stone: Men Who Abstain From Porn Are Dangerous Alt-Righters

The fact that Rolling Stone attempts to cite science to justify porn and villainize self-control shows our lack of consensus on virtue.

When Guests Come In, Your TV Should Go Off

When Guests Come In, Your TV Should Go Off

Why is it that so many people leave their TV running when guests come over? What kind of message does that send?

Obama and Kanye on Woke Culture: ‘Get Over That Fast’

Obama and Kanye on Woke Culture: ‘Get Over That Fast’

Kanye and Obama have something in common. 

Copycatting Melania Trump

Copycatting Melania Trump

Melania Trump is a model first lady. We can learn a lot from her humility. 

When Will #MeToo Blow the Whistle on IVF Clinic Pornography?

When Will #MeToo Blow the Whistle on IVF Clinic Pornography?

IVF porn is one of those sordid things that everyone knows about but no one has the stomach to talk about.

Can Royalty and Victimhood Co-Exist?

Can Royalty and Victimhood Co-Exist?

Does material luxury remove immaterial problems? 

Let the Free Market Fight Chinese Censorship

Let the Free Market Fight Chinese Censorship

South Park, the NBA, and Blizzard show us that Americans still value freedom. 

Biological Male Wins Women’s Cycling World Championship

Biological Male Wins Women’s Cycling World Championship

Is it an affront to society's ability to meaningfully assess female sport performance when biological men begin to compete? 

LeBron James Echoes the American Olympic Officials Who Appeased Hitler

LeBron James Echoes the American Olympic Officials Who Appeased Hitler

The Olympic attitude towards Hitler's rise parallels LeBron's attitude towards China's abuses. 

How Playing Boardgames Can Help Us Live Better Lives
Why We Love Spiderman

Why We Love Spiderman

It's more than shooting webs or super strength. 

Ignoring Adult Porn Is a Disaster for Our Children

Ignoring Adult Porn Is a Disaster for Our Children

We tolerate adult pornography, but not child sexual abuse imagery. Why? 

The Media Must Stop Playing Armchair CEO

The Media Must Stop Playing Armchair CEO

Salary transparency might not be as fair as we might be led to think. 

Downton Abbey: Making Goodness Fashionable

Downton Abbey: Making Goodness Fashionable

Downton Abbey stunned the film industry this month by pulling in over $31 million at the box office opening weekend

Trump, Greta, and the Faint Heartbeat of American Humor

Trump, Greta, and the Faint Heartbeat of American Humor

A few people still know how to laugh at themselves and others.

In Defense of Jane Eyre

In Defense of Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is a perennial novel for me. Yes, I teach it every year, but more importantly, I reread it every time. Not just a skim. A full read. And this is why.

Dave Chappelle and the Public Thirst for ‘Sticks and Stones’

Dave Chappelle and the Public Thirst for ‘Sticks and Stones’

Our moral outrage about Dave Chappelle speaks volumes.

Batman vs. Modern Art

Batman vs. Modern Art

Critiques of modern art, or anything, are perhaps done best with a healthy dose of good-natured humor.

50 Years Later, the Spirit of ’69 Feels Like a Hangover

50 Years Later, the Spirit of ’69 Feels Like a Hangover

What remains of 1969? One might recall some of Fonda’s last words in Easy Rider, “We blew it,” and think of them as an epitaph for an era as well as a film.

Pages