This is a cursory listing of ways in which the website RogerEbert.com primarily preaches one school of thought through their reviews. That school of thought, whether pejoratively described as woke or generously described as championing identity politics, is not something that many readers and movie fans subscribe to as seen by the comment sections of some of these articles or the differences in Rotten Tomato user scores and critic scores in films where identity politics is an issue.

I am one of those users. I am a lifelong democrat who campaigned on the ground in swing states last year to…


The War on Chris Pratt and Where I Fit In

This is an introspective 2,000 word aritcle, that is split into two parts. The first is the typical attempt to poke holes at Woke Thought and Cancel Cutlure. The second is an attempt to be introspective on my role in it. If you’ve already read my doing my shtick with the first half, skip along to the second half.

Roxana Hadadi’s review of The Tomorrow War is quite possibly the most offensive thing I’ve ever read from a reviewer. As I’ve written about elsewhere, there have been movie reviews that that ring like public service announcements to remind us of…


Humor Article: Suggested Tweaks to the Olympics by Sport

Sadly this article was written a little late into the process and got rejected twice. I first wrote this lying down on my cell phone because I had an exhausting week (mainly watching so many Olympic events; hard to keep up):

Surfing-The idea of making the Olympics more groovy through the addition of surfing culture is pretty solid. I’m sure we can find some great Jeff Spicolo types to do for the Summer Olympics what Shaun White or Chloe Kim do for the Winter games. The problem is how do you…


I had a weird encounter with a waitress this past weekend that I believe latently had to do with me being a bad tipper. When I heard that a colleague of mine had to create a script from scratch for the 48-hour film fest, I thought I’d try to create a short story for her that could be used in the script so that my bad encounter with this waitress could be immortalized on film.

Unfortunately the colleague broke the news to me that she couldn’t use any art created before 7 pm tonight, so oh well. I’m not a…


Despite a bloated cast — can we officially declare that the show’s vets have zero exit strategy? — this has been a surprisingly successful season of SNL that was a much-needed respite through the ups and downs of Covid and political upheavel.

Here are eleven of the best sketches:
Wario on Trial (Elon Musk): This sketch reminds me of the College Humor sketches that crossed a newer media concept with an older genre (a few alumni from the YouTube sketch channel have crossed over to SNL so it’s no surprise). …


Looking through the news this week:

Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry turned her back on the National Anthem and prominent Republican voices like US Rep. Dan Crenshaw and Sen. Tom Cotton consider that unpatriotic. Berry has been firing back at her and mobilizing the currents by which people already consider anyone with an R next to their name. Meanwhile, the worst of cancel culture has come after her for every slightly off-color thing she’s ever written on Twitter.

If celebrity psychologist Sharon Marcus posits that the way we talk about celebrities is a way we indirectly negotiate societal values, then…


While I have been vocal of wokeness (which I would define as the overapplication of critical race theory as a weapon), the early 2000s version of Orrin Konheim was an enthusiast of critical race theory.

I went to the University of Mary Washington for two years and everything from English 101 to Urban Geography to Film Studies had elements of CRT in them. One of the big four civil rights figures (Congress of Racial Equality co-founder), James Farmer, had a teaching post at Mary Washington when he died and the James Farmer Multicultural Institute bought over several speakers and so…


What I’m Watching: June Edition

Cruel Summer (Freeform)-Teen melodramas are a dime a dozen and a few of them like The Society (Netflix) and 13 Reasons Why (Netflix) have chosen to incorporate life-and-death stakes into their premise rather than something like “The O.C.” which went from glittery and fun to heavy only in later seasons.

This series is generally in the former camp but it toggles between three successive years in the lives of two teenage girls as if the editor was fidgeting with a remote control. The two teenagers — privileged, popular Kate (Olivia Holt), and reserved Jeannette (Chiara…


Mosquito Coast (Apple TV) (through two episodes)-Based on a novel in the 1980s that was adapted into a Peter Weir film starring Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, and river Phoenix. The protagonist, Allie, was inspired by novelist Paul Thoreaux’s self-reliant father (who would often take his kids dumpster diving) along with American cult leaders like Jim Jones and Joseph Smith (father of Mormonism) who wanted to take what they viewed as the American ideal and create a utopia with it somewhere else.

Fortunately, Allie does not want to kool-aid a thousand people to their deaths or marry dozens of women. He…


A week ago when I was puzzled why Elon Musk was getting such vicious crap, I noticed a cyber-acquaintance had posted an article on him at the AV Club and in responding to what I considered to be an off-base assessment, I found myself commenting and subsequently getting caught in the comment loop as I found articles that seemed to be misleading or show an obvious bias.

I’m a journalist and I always try to make the argument against peers that the news is unfairly smeared, but the coverage on Elon Musk and the AV Club newswire is not doing…

Orrin Konheim

I’m a freelance journalist w/ work in 3 dozen publication and doer of other stuff. Patreon: http://www.patreon/com/okjournalist Twitter: okonh0wp

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