NRB Book Club: Neil Postman’s Technopoly


Is the technological and digital revolution good for us? Astute cultural critic Neil Postman takes on such a complex question in Technopoly. Postman pushes the importance of history while showing us that some people appear to be treating technology as a deity. This is a great read for anyone who has an interest in the [...]

NewsReal Blog Film Club: Is It Now Time to Buy The Lord of the Rings Trilogy?


NRB’s Managing Editor David Swindle used to be a film critic. He’s still a cinema enthusiast and DVD/Blu Ray collector.
“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy came out on Blu Ray on Tuesday. He had this to say:
Most reviews of the set are pretty negative for one reason: the films released are the theatrical editions, not [...]

We Might Let Horowitz Appear, If He Has Three Keepers


Has this become the new face of Catholic higher education?
St. Louis University, a Catholic institution, continues on a path designed to made it a laughingstock in the annals of academic freedom, maintaining its ban on yours truly while proclaiming its commitment to intellectual diversity and… academic freedom.
From Inside Higher Ed:

David Horowitz can’t seem to get [...]

Citizen Ebert: Roger’s Culturally Illiterate Tweets


As someone who was a working film critic for nearly 20 years—and, I’m pretty sure, the only Baptist to win 2 Catholic Press awards for movie reviews—I probably owe Chicago Sun Time film critic Roger Ebert (and his late partner Tribune critic Gene Siskel) a nod of tribute for popularizing such writing.
Siskel and Ebert were, [...]

The Hurt Locker: Great Action Film or Anti-War Propaganda?


If you saw the Film Critic’s Choice Awards on Saturday you know that Kathryn Bigelow’s thriller set in wartime Iraq, The Hurt Locker, won for best picture. This is an important award because it isn’t like the Oscars that only amount to Hollywood patting itself on the back. The Critic’s Choice Award is decided by, [...]

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Midnight Snack – Top 10 Films of 2009


As joyous a year as 2009 was for me — I got married and started working for the Freedom Center — there does remain a regret: I had to give up being a film critic. My former employer’s budget got cut and I simply did not have the time for it with all that NRB [...]

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Ebert Gives Limbaugh Health Scare Two Thumbs Up


When I first read that Rush Limbaugh was in the hospital, I did a quick look at “tweets” with his name as keywords. What I found was a disgusting collection of death wishes. Of course, anytime a major figure might be staring death in the face there will always be a soulless group who wish [...]

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Iran’s Resurgent Revolution – by Ryan Mauro


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The death of dissident cleric Ayatollah Montazeri energizes the democratic opposition.

Big Government: LA Times Defends Commie Ornaments


L.A. Times Art Critic Defends White House Commie-Chic Xmas
by Publius
Over at the L.A. Times today, art critic Christopher Knight went after Big Government for reporting on the White House Christmas tree ornaments and the man, Simon Doonan, tapped to oversee the decorations for the White House.  Knight’s objection to Big Government’s coverage of the administration’s decision to inject left-wing [...]

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Midnight Snack


I took The Wife to see the new Disney movie the other night. (She has a childlike side and particularly appreciates children’s movies. This is one of the aspects of her that I cherish the most.)
She loved this attempt to revitalize Disney’s tradition of traditional animation. And while it’s certainly great to see the company [...]

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