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Movie Notes: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Writer-director Martin McDonagh explores coginitive biases and dissonance against a backdrop of abuse, intolerance, bias, authority, revenge, and despair. Though a dark film, it's not gloomy. With high-energy actors and actresses, enough dark comedy to lighten the load, and a solid screenplay, the film works as a philosophical and emotional exploration. [More]

On Philip Seymour Hoffman

While Hoffman's passing is upsetting, I have an overall sense of gratitude and found myself actually envying his accomplishments rather than fixating on his death. He left us something and he used his great skill as an actor to show us something about the world and about ourselves. Few of us, even if we live to a ripe old age, will have either the talent or the opportunity to do what he did. [More]

Manufactured Meaning

The crime you see now, it's hard to even take its measure. It's not that I'm afraid of it. I always knew you had to be willing
to die to even do this job. But I don't want to push my chips forward and go out and meet something I don't understand. A man would have
to put his soul at hazard. He'd have to say, "OK. I'll be part of this world." [More]

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  • Professor of Religion and Professor of Philosophy
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  • Teaches Philosophy at Portland State University (Oregon)
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