J Lee The Media Critic


I have no shortage of opinions to spout off.  I do try, however, to make those opinions well-reasoned and not just emotional ranting.  My opinions do get emotional sometimes, but at least I attempt to base them in reason.

In this section, the term “media critic” is rather broad.  I include here book, movie, and TV program reviews.  (Music reviews are found in my Music Central section.)  Also included here are my opinions about topics brought up in the media, as well as my opinions about the news media itself.

I like being on my soapbox!


I have reviewed a a few movies at Amazon.com.  Click here to see all my reviews (sorry, movie reviews are mixed in with CD & book reviews).

Here are some movies I have reviewed on my blog:

March Of The Penguins

This charming documentary should definitely be seen on a big screen if possible!


This movie was made in Afghanistan soon after the Taliban was brought down.  It tells a story set in the Taliban era of a girl who pretended to be a boy in order to be able to work to feed her and her mother.

Control Room

A documentary about the Al-Jazeera network.  It gives a different picture than the ominous tone usually given by U.S. news media.

The Battle Of Algiers

This movie gave me an entirely new perspective on the issue of dealing with terrorism.  It was made in the 1960s and is about Algeria’s struggle for independence from France.

Bowling For Columbine

In this movie, Michael Moore thoughtfully ponders the question of why Americans have so much gun crime, even though other nations may have more guns per capita than we do.  While Michael Moore regularly distorts facts, sometimes to the point of giving false impressions, he is a master of the edit and his movies are entertaining.

Citizen Ruth

This movie covers the abortion debate through the story of one woman who becomes pregnant and doesn’t want to be.  It is amazingly objective on the issue.

Supersize Me

This documentary covers the experiment of a guy who decides to see what happens if you eat too much fast food.


See this section of my blog where I comment on various things I’ve read about or seen in the news media.


See this section of my blog where I discuss debates going on in the Culture War, particularly focusing on media coverage of them.

J Lee the Media Critic is a sub-website of J Lee Harshbarger’s personal website.  To visit other sub-websites, click the links below.

All about music!  My Annual Music Awards, my music Hall Of Fame, and other writings about music and musicians I like are found here.../Music_Central/Welcome.html
An index to my writings about movies, books, and the media in general, such as news coverage and media bias

My political and religious beliefs, and my commentary
 on society and politics.http://www.jleeharshbarger.me/Society_Central/Society_Central_Index.html

Photo albums from some of my travels outside of Michigan.  Eventually I hope to include travelogues too.http://www.jleeharshbarger.me/J_Lee_The_Traveler/Welcome.html

                     Various photos
                           I’ve taken
                     not connected
                            to any of
                            my web-
                            site pages.http://gallery.mac.com/catservants

What does it mean to follow God?  What should the church be like?http://www.jleeharshbarger.me/Pondering_God_And_Church/Statement_Of_My_Religious_Beliefs.html

A list of all the churches I’ve attended, plus full stories about some of them. http://www.jleeharshbarger.me/Churches_Ive_Regularly_Attended/Churches,_Part_1.html


Stories about churches I’ve visitedhttp://www.jleeharshbarger.me/Churches_Ive_Visited/Churches,_Part_2.html


I have reviewed a number of books at Amazon.com.  Click here to see all my reviews (sorry, book reviews are mixed in with CD reviews).

Here are some reviews I’ve also posted on my blog:

Righteous: Dispatches From The Evangelical Youth Movement

A secular journalist decided to see just who these crazy people were who voted for George W. Bush in 2004.  She hung out in a variety of evangelical youth subcultures and wrote about her impressions of them.

The End Of Racism

A scholar looks at all that surrounds the racism issue and dissects it, giving critical analysis to the flaws found in current arguments about racism, as well as a history of how it developed.

The Divine Conspiracy

The most thorough and inspiring book I’ve read on spiritual growth.

Here are some book reviews that you will find in my website section, Pondering God & Church.

Why Men Hate Going To Church

This hard-hitting book pillories the overly feminine focus of churches, giving both anecdotal and statistical proofs as to how this focus keeps men away from church.

Dancing Alone: The Quest For Orthodox Faith In The Age Of False Religion

This book is even more hard-hitting than the one above, so much so that I jokingly call it “Convert to Orthodoxy--or else!”  In this review I evaluate Frank Schaeffer’s claims that the Orthodox Church is the one true church.

The “Home” section: my front page, the descriptions for each of my sub-websites, and the descriptions of all the places where I hang out on the web.../Bananaleaf_Central/Front_Page.html
  1. Bullet Waking The Dead by John Eldredge

  2. Bullet The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

  3. Bullet Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

  4. Bullet The End Of Racism by Dinesh D’Souza

  5. Bullet The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents Are Going Broke by Elizabeth Warren & Amelia Warren Tyagi

  1. Bullet Rachel Maddow (MSNBC)

  2. Bullet Erin Burnett (CNN)

  3. Bullet Anderson Cooper (CNN)

  4. Bullet Greta Van Susteren (Fox)

  1. Bullet I switch fairly evenly between CNN and MSNBC

  1. Bullet The Wall Street Journal

  1. Bullet Jim Carrey

  2. Bullet Eddie Murphy

  1. Bullet Bruce Almighty

  2. Bullet Dogma

  3. Bullet Amelie

  4. Bullet Coming To America

  5. Bullet Trading Places

  6. Bullet Liar Liar

  7. Bullet The Mask

  8. Bullet Dumb And Dumber

  9. Bullet The Secret Of My Success

  10. Bullet A Beautiful Mind

  11. Bullet The Austin Powers movies

  12. Bullet The Distinguished Gentleman

  13. Bullet The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming

  14. Bullet Tampopo

  15. Bullet A Taxing Woman

  16. Bullet A Taxing Woman Returns

  17. Bullet Bowling For Columbine

  18. Bullet The Red Tail

  1. Bullet The Colbert Report

  2. Bullet The Daily Show

  3. Bullet Family Guy

  4. Bullet The Simpsons

  5. Bullet American Dad

  6. Bullet ‘Til Debt Do Us Part

  7. Bullet Meerkat Manor

  8. Bullet Ninja Warrior

  9. Bullet The Unbeatable Banzuke

  10. Bullet This Hour Has 22 Minutes

  11. Bullet Royal Canadian Air Farce

  12. Bullet Reno 911

  13. Bullet Robot Chicken

  14. Bullet South Park

  15. Bullet King Of The Hill

My Blog

J Lee’s Soapbox is my “official” blog, where I give you my two-cents’ worth on various topics.

Web  Communities

You can find me camping out at the web communities listed below.  If you are a part of any of these communities, please let me know.

Currently where I’m most active, since many members of my extended family, my friends from church, and some old college classmates are all         on here.

This has been my major blogging community since October 2004.  Most of my online-only friends are here.

My Amazon.com Home Page

I have written reviews for over 100 CDs and books at Amazon. You can find these plus my Listmania lists and Wish Lists at this page.


My Twitter ID is “songsequencer.” I only tweet about music, mostly what I’m listening to at the moment.

I’m only here so people can find me.  If you’re on MySpace, go here to find my MySpace spot and add me as your friend.

A community for alumni of Anderson University.  Includes reminiscing of college days and current discussions.


A place for customer reviews of all kinds of products.  I have some reviews here.

A place for travelers to review hotels, restaurants, and sightseeing attractions.  I plan to add my own reviews as I have time.


I joined this when I worked at Borders because they have a presence there.  I intended to make it
a place I’d chatter about books, but now I’m out of the book industry and my page is dormant.  It’s billed as a “MySpace for adults,” but I don’t like the community atmosphere there very well--people are too sensitive.


There’s not much to see here; this is just where I’ve posted my profile at Yahoo.com.