Slavery Is Having a Hollywood Moment. What About the Rest of Black History in America?
January 20, 2014
Why are we still waiting for a great film about Martin Luther King Jr.?
A New Spielberg; and Others.
October 09, 2013
Steven Spielberg has made his own Holocaust museum.
Maurice Sendak's Blistering, Bizarre Final Interview
March 18, 2013
What I learned about "Where the Wild Things Are" when its author mused about terrorism, murder, and Alec Baldwin.
Tony Kushner's Real Source For "Lincoln"?
January 10, 2013
Tony Kushner's "Best Adapted Screenplay" was likely adapted not from "Team of Rivals" but from an obscure academic book.
Lincoln in Hollywood, from Griffith to Spielberg
December 21, 2012
Spielberg's film ought to put an end to the Lost Cause mythology.
Spielberg’s Lincoln is a Film for our Political Moment
November 13, 2012
This is a movie of negotiations in smoke-filled rooms; it could have been called "The Thirteenth Amendment."
Slideshow: Let Slip the Dolphins of War!
January 21, 2012
The prospect of Iran laying mines along the Strait of Hormuz is no laughing matter, but we did have to suppress a giggle when we found out what the U.S. response might involve: Flipper. Deploying dolphins to locate underwater mines (as a retired Navy admiral suggested in an interview last week with NPR) is, we learned, a tried-and-true military strategy.
Thomson on Films: ‘In Time,’ a Film That Can’t Deliver on Its Own Provocative Ideas
November 01, 2011
In Time is so crammed with provocative ideas it begins to feel over-crowded. At some time in a future that looks like the recent past of Los Angeles, human aging has been stopped at twenty-five. At that point of perfection, everyone has one year left to live, and their remaining span registers as a luminous green set of numbers (their “watch”), printed on the forearm. But this situation has turned time into the new money, and so—in the way of the world—some people are richer than others. People still look like twenty-five when they are eighty.
April 27, 2010
On October 19 of last year, the op-ed page of The New York Times contained a bombshell: a piece by Robert Bernstein, the founder and former chairman of Human Rights Watch (HRW), attacking his own organization. HRW, Bernstein wrote, was “helping those who wish to turn Israel into a pariah state.” The allegation was certainly not new: HRW had been under assault for years by American Jews and other supporters of Israel, who argued that it was biased against the Jewish state. And these attacks had intensified in recent months, with a number of unflattering revelations about the organization.
Apres NPH, le Deluge?
October 19, 2009
Even as Neil Patrick Harris's star continues to ascend--and polls capture the ongoing sea-change in public acceptance of homosexuality--putatively pro-gay Hollywood continues to maintain the celluloid closet. In a fascinating piece on the subject, LA Weekly reports: Only a year ago most of Hollywood was publicly appalled by Proposition 8, the anti–gay marriage ballot measure that passed in November.