Monthly Archives: March 2013

Critics Bristle at Patriotism in ‘Olympus Has Fallen’

The newly released “Olympus Has Fallen” is an action movie, which, like so many others that have come out of Hollywood in the past few years, is a mixed bag artistically.

However, the film seems to have abnormally irritated a number of critics, not so much because of some of its inherent flaws, but rather because it includes a display of patriotism and additionally dares to contain a story line about a Western nation that is dealing with the real world challenges of terrorism.

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Privacy Concerns over Google Glass Hit the Web

A major buzz has been building in the mainstream and social media over a technological device that is being developed by search giant Google called Google Glass, which is a wearable computer, with a head-mounted display in the form of eyeglasses.

The Google Glass eyeglasses will reportedly display information to a wearer in a smartphone-like format and will allow a user to interact with the Internet via voice commands.

However, as has been seen with other types of data collection, tracking technology, and proposed devices that interface with the human body, the capabilities of such computing instruments raise some serious issues involving personal privacy, Google Glass being no exception.

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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’: Not-So-Great, but Powerful at the Box Office

In the making of the new movie “Oz the Great and Powerful,” director Sam Raimi has kept with the current filmmaking trend and succumbed to the temptation of sacrificing fundamentals only to rely on eye-popping computer generated effects.

The movie suffers considerably as a result of its weakness of dialogue, uneven story pacing, indelicate editing, and general miscasting of actors.

Notwithstanding some of its flaws, though, the film did succeed in securing one of the biggest March debuts ever, taking in about $80 million in North America and $70 million abroad.

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Actor John Cusack Decries Lack of Dem Support for Sen. Rand Paul

While the nation and the entire globe watched yesterday as Sen. Rand Paul conducted an historic filibuster, actor John Cusack used his twitter account to sound the alarm bells regarding the absence of support from Democrats in the Kentucky senator’s effort to highlight the issue of the possible use of drones by the government to summarily execute American citizens without due process.

“For gods sake where are democrats ??” Cusack asked, referencing a tweet by left-leaning cable network Democracy Now, which read, “Rand Paul: Obama Admin Response Drones ‘More Than Frightening.’”

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Caution Needed for ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’

The super dark fairy tale is a relatively new genre that is making its presence felt on the small and big screens.

Recent movies such as “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” and television programs including “Once Upon a Time,” are Hollywood cases in point.

It appears that some traditional fairy tales have mutated into entertainment fare with distinctly adult themes, the latest of which is this past weekend’s top box-office film, “Jack the Giant Slayer,” a sci-fi fantasy action movie loosely adapted from the children’s story “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

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