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One of These Things Is Not Like the Others

Jan 6, 2022

By Don Mohler In his documentaries, Ken Burns often reminds us that it is the actual words of those who were present that create the most powerful historical records. With that in mind, this is a special edition of the “Front Porch,” commemorating a horrific day in American history – January 6, 2021. “One of…

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Spider-Man: No Way Home and Its Epic Conclusion

Dec 29, 2021

Noted film and pop culture historian Clint Tsao visits the Front Porch with a holiday movie recommendation. By Clint Tsao Spider-Man: No Way Home not only concludes a trilogy, but it is the culmination of every Spider-Man film. It is the most ambitious Marvel film since Avengers: Endgame. Continuing Spider-Man: Far from Home, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is revealed…

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Address School Violence Now: The Clock is Ticking

Dec 11, 2021

By Don Mohler In 1955, the nation was horrified by the film “Blackboard Jungle.”  It showed an inner-city school out of control where students terrifying teachers was a daily rite of passage. I saw the film in the early 60s, and I shuddered when Vic Morrow turned to Glenn Ford to say, ”You want to…

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King Richard and a Remarkable American Family

Nov 20, 2021

In this guest commentary, film and pop culture historian Clint Tsao visits the Front Porch to discuss one of the holiday’s most anticipated films, By Clint Tsao Family bonds and destiny are at the heart of King Richard, the true story of a father’s unwavering vision to groom his daughters into world champions and achieve the…

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They Should Have Seen It Coming

Nov 4, 2021

By Don Mohler Early in the morning on January 20, 2021, Democrats cracked the champagne and joined together in a robust version of “Happy Days are Here Again.”  Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock delivered improbable victories in Georgia, a state that President Biden won by the infamous 11,000 votes just two months earlier. Democrats…

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Emotional Farewell in “No Time to Die”

Oct 16, 2021

Occasionally, noted film and pop culture historian Clint Tsao visits the Front Porch with his latest observations. By Clint Tsao Daniel Craig formally bows out as superspy James Bond in No Time To Die, (directed by Cary Fukunaga), a rousing swan song and consummation of four preceding films. James Bond (Craig) has retired with Madeleine…

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An Unsettling Wake-Up Call for Team Franchot

Oct 2, 2021

By Don Mohler The race to represent the Democrats in the gubernatorial election next June should pretty much be a done deal. But as so often happens in politics, the voters seem to have other ideas. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot was first elected to the House of Delegates back in 1986, meaning that he has…

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Family Bonds in SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS

Sep 19, 2021

Guest Visit By Clint Tsao An Asian cast and director (Destin Daniel Cretton) begin a new chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the film adaptation of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a rousing, action packed adventure that focuses on family ties and legacy. ‘Shaun’ (Simu Liu) leads a normal life with…

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This Is Not a Drill

Sep 9, 2021

By Don Mohler Over the years I’ve made it a point to try to avoid discussions regarding abortion. It is far too personal. Individual beliefs on this issue are often rooted deeply in religious convictions, and I’ve never seen anyone change his or her mind at the end of a debate. Recent legislation in Texas…

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