Stump Ted Cruz: An Exciting New Game on the Campaign Trail!

Never try to troll a troll, Ellen Page / AP

The highlight of my weekend, news-wise, had to be the release of video of actress Ellen Page ambushing Ted Cruz on the campaign trail with “tough” questions about horrible no-good very-bad absolutely terrible discrimination against gays—you know, allowing religious bakers to say “no” to catering a religious ceremony they disapprove of.

The video is pretty entertaining; you can watch it here if you haven’t seen it. Warning: You may feel a bit bad for Page by the end. Politico‘s transcript pretty handily captures Cruz’s debate jiu-jitsu:

‘Hitman: Agent 47’ Review

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One of these days, Hollywood is finally going to do what it’s been trying to do for decades now: turn out a video game adaptation that is not only a critical success but also a box office smash. The fact that the industry has failed on both accounts literally every time they’ve tried is, apparently, not enough to stop the powers that be from hoping that, seriously, one of these days, eventually, somehow, someway, a video game will be turned into a great film.

The New York Times Versus Amazon

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In August of 2013, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos agreed to buy the Washington Post. Since then, the New York Times has published a great number of pieces that are highly critical of the Internet retailer that is now worth more than Walmart. The latest salvo in the Old Grey Lady’s war against Amazon dropped this weekend: It is an almost-6,000 word reported feature that reveals Amazon employees work hard and that some of their former employees who didn’t want to work hard quit.

That’s literally it. That’s the entirety of the story: Amazon expects people to work a lot and some people don’t want to work that much. There are no accusations of illegality. There is no evidence of discrimination. There are simply a string of anecdotes from people who are sad they couldn’t hack it at the world’s best online store.

I felt like I’d read a lot of anti-Amazon pieces in the Times lately, so I fired up Nexis and took a stroll through the archives. I wasn’t wrong! It seems that the Times isn’t terribly fond of the Post‘s new source of funding.* My favorite bit of trolling came in December of 2014:

Christopher McQuarrie on Violence in Film

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I reviewed Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation today despite the fact that it’s been out for a couple of weekends because I wanted a chance to rave about Christopher McQuarrie, its director. Like everyone else, I loved The Usual Suspects (which he wrote and for which he won an Oscar), but it’s The Way of the Gun that really made me sit up and take notice of the guy. A movie that’s by turns smart and funny and brutal, it is sometimes (rather unfairly, to my mind) categorized as a “Tarantino knockoff.” But it’s so much more, and it’s so depressing that McQuarrie spent 12 years out of the director’s chair after its failure at the box office.