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By Rich Cohen | March 14, 1995
I GUESS MY father was always dumb. But in the decades when he was at his dumbest, the 1970s and 1980s, a high premium was not placed on random acts of stupidity. So whenever he behaved in a way that seemed somehow less than intelligent -- like the time he put a pile of forks in the microwave saying, "I just have to know" -- there were no critics there to call it art.Like lots of dumb people, my dad was born too early. His stupidity was something done in private, something only the family could enjoy.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 1, 2014
Oh, my Lord, where to begin? You already know what this column is about. You know even though we are barely three sentences in. You knew before you saw the headline. There are days in the opinion business when one story makes itself inevitable and unavoidable, one story sucks up all the air in the room. This is one of those times. One story. Well ... two, actually: the misadventures of Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling. Mr. Bundy, of course, is the Nevada rancher whose refusal to pay fees to allow his cattle to graze on public land made him a cause celebre on the political right.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | December 16, 1994
"Dumb and Dumber" is funny and funnier. It's even funniest, as in "funniest movie of the year."But the best thing about it is the refusal to romanticize its idiotic heroes, Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunn (Jeff Daniels). It grants them no conditional grace, no last-second reprieve from the consequences of their mega stupidity; it portrays them, at the fullest extension of their disconnection from the way the world actually operates, as truly irritating.Here's the premise of the movie: These two guys are really stupid.
SPORTS
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2011
I couldn't do it again. Honest, I tried, but I just couldn't. I saw Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf on my TV screen at the top of the Ravens telecast Sunday, and I knew I couldn't spend another Sunday afternoon listening to dumb and dumber of CBS Sports without my head exploding. It was radical, I know, but after too many Sundays spent with Gumbel and Dierdorf, I dared to consider the possibility of actually enjoying a Ravens game over the airwaves. And so, I did what dozens of readers have been encouraging me to do all season: I watched images of the game on CBS, and I listened to the play-by-play and analysis on WBAL radio from Gerry Sandusky, Stan White and Qadry Ismail.
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,Sun Staff Writer | January 12, 1995
Of all the disturbing developments in our lives, surely the most disturbing is this: Suddenly it's cool to be dumb.All around us, the Culture of Dumb is in ascendancy. In fact, the dumber you are, the better. Dumb as a rock. Dumb as a fence post. Sitting slack-jawed, vacant-eyed and slobbering in front of MTV -- these are all good things now.Remember that old put-down: "Well, he's no rocket scientist"? Today that's considered the ultimate compliment to some. These people will actually come up and kiss you for saying that.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | January 6, 1995
HIGHER LEARNINGMusic from the Motion Picture (550 Music/Epic Soundtrax 66944)What do Ice Cube, Tori Amos, Rage Against the Machine, Me'Shell NdegeOcello and the Brand New Heavies have in common? Musically, not much, and that's the problem with the soundtrack album from "Higher Learning." Like the students found in the film itself, the artists included on the soundtrack represent a wide range of excellence, from the guitar-driven alterna-rock of Liz Phair to the rumbling, bass-heavy hip-hop of OutKast.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | May 22, 1995
Do the following words make your heart beat just a little faster?'One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Shlemiel, shlimazel, hasenpfefer, incorporated."
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | July 26, 1996
Just what the world needs: Another bowling movie!Much funnier than "Those Wacky Ten-pins," but not nearly as funny as "Strikes, Spares and Tons o' Fun!," here's the one about the one-handed bowler and the Amish kid and the gal with real big, uh, attitude.Conceived and directed and produced by the same idiots who brought you "Dumb and Dumber," this one is dim and dimmer. No, it's not. I just said that because I thought it was kind of funny. This one is actually not as funny as "Dumb and Dumber," but still, it's pretty funny.
NEWS
February 26, 1995
American popular culture has always been distinguished (if that's the right word) by a certain degree of low-brow style, dating at least as far back as P.T. Barnum and as recently as "Beavis and Butt-head." By and large, this is a good thing. It helps to ground us in the unpretentious ways that make our democracy tick. It reminds us -- sole superpower though we are -- to keep our heads unswelled, our shirts unstuffed, our sense of self-importance under control.But like all good things, a dose of low-brow can be done to wretched excess.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | January 13, 1995
Alas, poor A.G.S. and S.L.P! They take umbrage that a critic could give both "Dumb and Dumber" and "Forrest Gump" three stars."We can not imagine how you could give the same rating to a movie about drinking urine from/disposing of urine in beer bottles . . . to a movie about a man with truly righteous beliefs TC and strong moral values . . . We could go so far as to say 'Dumb and Dumber' lacks taste."A.G.S. and S.L.P., do yourselves and me a favor: Stay out of "Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight."
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | February 20, 1998
A common complaint in cinematic circles is how difficult it is to get a movie made these days. "Palmetto" suggests that it might be all too easy.Someone could have told screenwriter E. Max Frye to go back to his day job. Volker Schlondorff's better angels might have deterred the director, whose credits include the searingly powerful war drama "The Tin Drum," from attaching himself to Frye's ridiculous script. The agents, new-best-friends and pool boys that serve as gurus to the stars might have advised such promising talents as Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Shue, Gina Gershon, Chloe Sevigny and Michael Rapaport to pass.
NEWS
October 3, 1996
JOHN G. GARY and Robert R. Neall are normally thought to be astute politicians, but the decision by the current county executive, Mr. Gary, to hire his predecessor and political mentor, Mr. Neall, as a consultant without a written proposal or contract reflects poorly on them both.This informal arrangement may be totally above board, but its appearance is not. Mr. Gary's decision to bypass normal county procurement channels shows a surprising lack of judgment. He lTC could have made a case for hiring Robert R. Neall Associates without competitive bidding to examine the feasibility of privatizing the new detention center on Ordnance Road.
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By Barry Rascovar | September 8, 1996
WHAT COULD BE a huge generator of local jobs and taxes, the enlarged Convention Center, opened last week. It offers exciting potential for an impoverished city. The first thought should be: How do we maximize its vast potential?When you've got a sparkling gem, promote the heck out of it. That's a no-brainer. But not to Mayor Kurt Schmoke. Instead, he undermined efforts to draw conventions. He has refused repeatedly to find the money for a first-rate promotion drive in the hotly competitive convention industry.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | July 26, 1996
Just what the world needs: Another bowling movie!Much funnier than "Those Wacky Ten-pins," but not nearly as funny as "Strikes, Spares and Tons o' Fun!," here's the one about the one-handed bowler and the Amish kid and the gal with real big, uh, attitude.Conceived and directed and produced by the same idiots who brought you "Dumb and Dumber," this one is dim and dimmer. No, it's not. I just said that because I thought it was kind of funny. This one is actually not as funny as "Dumb and Dumber," but still, it's pretty funny.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | May 22, 1995
Do the following words make your heart beat just a little faster?'One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Shlemiel, shlimazel, hasenpfefer, incorporated."
NEWS
By GARRY WILLS | April 19, 1995
Chicago. -- I was called by a newspaper reporter to comment on the dumbing-down of America. That is the latest worry cultivated by our worriers-of-the-day. The Oscars won by ''Forrest Gump'' make people fear a rush of dumb-is-good movies, one already begun with ''Dumb and Dumber'' and ''Tommy Boy.''Other evidence is cited to show that we are turning into idiots: polls proving that people cannot recognize famous events; the silly things said by callers on radio talk shows; our alleged shorter attention span; the replacement of print by visual stimuli, and so on.Well, there is always enough dumbness to go around in any collection of human beings.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | February 20, 1998
A common complaint in cinematic circles is how difficult it is to get a movie made these days. "Palmetto" suggests that it might be all too easy.Someone could have told screenwriter E. Max Frye to go back to his day job. Volker Schlondorff's better angels might have deterred the director, whose credits include the searingly powerful war drama "The Tin Drum," from attaching himself to Frye's ridiculous script. The agents, new-best-friends and pool boys that serve as gurus to the stars might have advised such promising talents as Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Shue, Gina Gershon, Chloe Sevigny and Michael Rapaport to pass.
NEWS
By GARRY WILLS | April 19, 1995
Chicago. -- I was called by a newspaper reporter to comment on the dumbing-down of America. That is the latest worry cultivated by our worriers-of-the-day. The Oscars won by ''Forrest Gump'' make people fear a rush of dumb-is-good movies, one already begun with ''Dumb and Dumber'' and ''Tommy Boy.''Other evidence is cited to show that we are turning into idiots: polls proving that people cannot recognize famous events; the silly things said by callers on radio talk shows; our alleged shorter attention span; the replacement of print by visual stimuli, and so on.Well, there is always enough dumbness to go around in any collection of human beings.
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