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The Movies We Loved in 2014 -- By Friends of the Blog

We don’t tune into awards shows to be told what the best movie is. That’s not why they’re so popular. We tune in to disagree, to do it with friends and family around us, because the real show that night is what’s happening in front of the TV – it’s your arguments for and against the choices being made. 5,016 more words

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Proud to be in such esteemed company! Thanks, Gabriel, for including me! Here's my contribution - be sure to read the complete blog post at Gabriel's site ...

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Nightcrawler by Roy Sexton The movies this year that spoke to me at the most instinctive and visceral levels all seem to focus on people living in the margins, people faced with a world that chews them up and spits them out, people who won’t go down without a fight. Bad Words, Foxcatcher, Whiplash, Still Alice, and Nightcrawler all still resonate with me for these reasons – I was immersed in those five cinematic, corrosive worlds and I can’t (won’t) shake them off. Perhaps this reflects a midlife dyspepsia on my part, but these films captured my feelings toward a culture that seems more combative by the minute. In a strange way, they gave me hope – that there are others (the respective filmmakers) who view things as I do. As individuals, we are all one bad day away from utter collapse, but a kind word, a career opportunity, a tough life lesson, a toxic moment might save our souls, while still damning us to hell. Of these five films, Nightcrawler haunts me most. Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo are dynamite as two sides of the same Horatio Alger coin. Americans can be opportunistic and relentless to a fault, but the film never writes these characters off as sick parasites. We are them, and they are us. Bathed in noir blue light, Gyllenhaal’s predatory hustle is a fractured fairy tale of the American Dream as it exists today. Everyone wants to be an American Idol, a Snooki, a Kardashian. We don’t like admitting it, but we want to be something, to be remembered, perhaps at any cost. Nightcrawler is a cinematic allegory for the ages – of the lengths we can go to survive and thrive – giving us the antihero our troubled times deserve.

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Roy Sexton is a theatre actor and movie critic based out of Ann Arbor, MI. He writes witty, insightful film reviews at Reel Roy Reviews, you can check out his books, and he is closely involved with The Penny Seats theatre company.

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Bad Words Are Good For Your Health According To New Report!

Some people say that cursing shows a “lack of intelligence,” but a new report says that it is actually good for your health!

Time.com reports: 89 more words

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WARNING! THIS POST WILL BE OFFENSIVE TO MANY!!!

Bring Back the “C” Word

Long ago in a not faraway land there was a kid who had the idea that it was stupid to give symbols, including words, too much power. 921 more words

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6. Bad Words

I went into today telling myself I was going to watch a serious movie, but alas, succumbed to the pressure of a bored girlfriend and whacked on a comedy. 339 more words

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What slang word or phrase is most overused?

These days there are so many. For example, yolo, bae, hashtag, bish, hoe. There are so many more, but those are some of a few I hear on a daily basis. 84 more words

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Infographic: The Origin of Vulgar Words

Today’s post might be R rated.

If you’ve ever wondered when the vulgar names of certain body parts entered the English lexicon, then wonder no more. 218 more words

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The Worst Words in the World

When my girls were little, I decided not to allow words like hate, dumb, stupid or idiot to be used. I wanted to focus on the positive and I didn’t like the attitude that came with those words. 1,056 more words

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