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8 Spooky Films to Watch This Halloween

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Although Halloween has passed, don’t be afraid (see what I did there?) to check out these pumpkin-holiday favorites!

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With Halloween only a few days away, every one is basking in October’s spooky spirit. This year, our Entertainment Team was very excited to craft together an Agnes-worthy Halloween movie marathon for you! Check out our list of eight staff-picked films and reviews, spanning from the 1960s to the present:

#1: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

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17000980889_21f9268f9f_oHorror films are notoriously harsh on female characters. During the late 70s and 80s, the popularity of slasher films made the genre synonymous with bimbos, boobs, and blood, to the point where directors are now satirizing the “Scream Queen” trope (as seen in the Scream franchise, as well as in Cabin in the Woods). For this reason, I’m always interested in horror films that allow women protagonists some depth, and Rosemary’s Baby (1968) is one of the first to do so. Despite Director Roman Polanski’s questionable personal history with consent (see his 1977 sexual abuse…

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Is Creative Commons Good for Copyright?

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Interesting read. How many of you use Creative Common licenses? If you’re one of the many, like myself, I would suggest giving this article a gander.

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One of the beauties and frustrations of dealing with issues online is the immediate feedback loop and the possibility that such a loop amounts to little more than people talking at each other, rather than with each other. We experienced this last week, when we posted the following thoughts to our Twitter account (@copycense):

Empirical question: how much is it worth in publicity, goodwill for creator to use Creative Commons license vs. copyright registration?

Empirical question: How many creators involved in the arts actually take the time to learn copyright basics? How do they do it?

Empirical question: If creators don’t understand basic copyright, how can they reasonably distinguish between copyright & Creative Commons?

Would energy behind CC be applied better to calibrating U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 to be more neutral to citizen creators? (See Canada)

This chain of thoughts began while we watched a talk by filmmaker…

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Recommended reading / viewing / listening

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This week: ‘Force Awakens’ trailer sets record / Obama and the Charleston shooting / What ‘Back to the Future II’ correctly anticipated / Rachel Dolezal’s hair / Drunk Nixon during a Mideast crisis

Most of these great items come from my social media networks. Follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Facebook for more fascinating videos, photos, articles, essays, and criticism.

1.After Charleston Shooting, a Sense at the White House of Horror, Loss and Resolve
By Peter Baker | The New York Times | June 18
“After a series of police shootings, protests and riots, this latest eruption of violence reflected a country on edge and a president struggling to pull the American people together. Any hopes of what supporters once called a ‘postracial’ era now seem fanciful as Mr. Obama’s second term increasingly focuses on what he termed ‘a dark part of…

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Is Freedom an Illusion?

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Short answer: Yes.
This post deserves a lengthy reply. Very interesting.

The Politics of Writing

Let me be very clear when I say I do not mean free will, that is a different discussion. When I talk about freedom I refer to complete liberation. So many ideologies pride themselves with liberating man from government, social expectations,

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religious and moral standards, ect. But whether complete liberation is possible is still up for debate.

A man can be free of government in the case that there is no government, but he will not be free from man altogether. The abolition of government still leaves social rules to dictate the actions of man. Let’s say a man lives in an anarcho-syndicalist society and they have just freed themselves of the shackles of government. Any rules that the society puts forth, as just as they may be, limit the man. For instance that man would not be free to take things from…

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Superhero Movies Are Pretty Much The Worst

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Superhero movies ain’t what they used to be. It’s a shame that CGI now distracts from the formulaic plot lines, thin backstories, and shallowly likable characters.

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Hold on…it’s Hot Take Friday!

Yes, I’m not a fan of superhero movies and perhaps that puts me in a minority among middle-aged males, but I can’t help it.

Don’t get me wrong…I used to like the superhero films. I remember watching the early versions of Superman with Christopher Reeve and the late 80s-early 90s cheesy Batman movies.

I enjoyed them as a kid. Now, though, I’d probably rather watch a Lifetime movie starring an aging Jason Priestley.

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