Titus Techera
Titus Techera
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Titus Techera is a graduate student in political science and liberal arts, a Publius fellow, and a roving writer for Ricochet and National Review Online.
Why We Need The Oscars, Even Though The Show Gets Worse Every Single Year

What’s bad for the Oscars really is bad for America. Movies are far more important for our sense of right and wrong than we like to admit.

Chris Rock’s Netflix Special ‘Tamborine’ Shows A Comedian Losing His Touch

The millionaire lifestyle and its problems have caught up to Chris Rock, and it’s hard to find what he might have in common with people who play tamborine to his lead vocals.

‘Black Panther’s’ Achievement Is Offering A Black Hero Who Lives In Freedom

Yes, America, this is a story about the legacy of black pride and the civil rights struggle after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’ Squanders Its Potential To Examine Key Questions

The show, made after a series by British author Richard Morgan, is an indictment of a future where the wealthy are immortal through buying themselves new bodies.

’12 Strong’ Is A Fascinating Look At What Makes American War-Fighting Unique

Here we have a bunch of cowboys conducting ancient-style warfare with the help of space technology.

Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan Dies At Age 46

It is a serendipitous fact that O’Riordan is named Dolores, which means pain, because she put art into making suffering humane.

The 3 Best Movies Of 2017

These are the best movies out of Hollywood this year. They are not happy stories, but they all testify to the importance of nobility in times when humanity seems in danger.

Why You Will Enjoy Watching This 1945 Christmas Comedy

‘Christmas in Connecticut’ has not just fun and beauty to recommend it, but also a great range and serious insights into American society.

Why Americans Are In Love With ‘The Crown’

Why should America, by vocation and war a republic, love a show about the British monarchy? It is not merely the great success of the show, but the alternative, too, that we should consider.

In ‘Coco,’ Hollywood Says Family Identity Is Better Than Celebrity

The central conflict opposes loyalty in love to a dangerous individualism. Who would have thought that Hollywood would take on celebrity culture?

‘Jim And Andy’ Underscores The Almost Forgotten Life And Times Of Jim Carrey

Comedy is not what it was, and neither is Jim Carrey, but he has emerged as the bane of Hollywood pretension and American celebrity worship.

Netflix’s ‘Punisher’ Uses A Blue-Collar Hero To Heap Scorn On America

Netflix can be happy that after duds like ‘Iron Fist’ and ‘The Defenders’ they’ve returned to something gritty that works without ridiculous fairy tales.

Mike Judge’s ‘Tales From The Tour Bus’ Ruminates On America’s Fascination With Celebrity

‘Tales from the Tour Bus’ is an animated series Mike Judge has produced for Cinemax, about the stars of country music from the ‘50s onward.

‘American Made’ Is A Disconnected Rumination On The American Character

If you see the movie, you’ll see there is something amazing about how it helps a man grow up to learn he cannot get away with everything forever.

Spielberg’s ‘Close Encounters’ Is A Masterpiece, But Incomplete

‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ is when Spielberg switched from his early career, which was heavy on horror and terror, to the genial magician America has come to know and love.

In Storytelling, ‘The Defenders’ Is Prestige Television At Its Worst

The new Netflix-Marvel series asks interesting questions about human dignity, but falls into individualism and identity politics instead of answering them.

‘The Defenders’ Substitutes Politics For Storytelling, And The Result Is Boring

This is the level of writing in prestige television in its golden age: preemptive declarations of liberal grievances instead of a real plot.

‘Comrade Detective’ Is A Double Agent For A Pro-America Perspective

The main characters in ‘Comrade Detective’ play enforcers for a totalitarian tyranny, but you cannot distinguish their lines from those of latter-day irate progressives.

‘Game Of Thrones’ Is The Ugliest Show On Television. That’s Why We Love It

In our post-therapeutic culture, we’ve become obsessed with evil, decay, and corruption. That’s why we love ‘Game of Thrones.’

Marvel’s New ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Portrays The Ideal American Millennial

This new ‘Spider-Man’ has none of the sweetness of the old comics or movies, none of the suffering—but all the gadgets and heroism audiences want.