Politics / Political Films: Articles


Roy Rogers & 'Under Western Stars': Remembering Singing Cowboy's 'Socialist' Western

Roy Rogers, Singing Cowboy of 1940s and 1950s Hollywood. Known for his affable characterizations and, both on and off screen, “traditional values” stance, the King of the Cowboys – step aside, John Wayne & Gene Autry – toplined the “subversive” 1938 musical Western Under Western Stars. Sound bites: Remembering Roy […]


'Barry' Obama & Me: Finding Common Ground with the Future U.S. President

Barry Obama (Devon Terrell) reads Ralph Ellison's 1952 sociopolitical novel Invisible Man – not to be confused with H.G. Wells' 1897 sci-fi novel The Invisible Man. 'Barry' & me: Finding common ground between this reviewer and U.S. President Barack Obama While thinking about Barry, Vikram Gandhi's 1981-set film about a […]


'The Aviator' Movie Review: Leonardo DiCaprio & Cate Blanchett Miscast in Heavy-Handed Biopic

The Aviator movie with Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes: Bizarre billionaire bloated biopic. 'The Aviator' movie review: Leonardo DiCaprio is excellent – but not as Howard Hughes Imagine Citizen Kane directed by the Steven Spielberg of The Color Purple, Schindler's List, Amistad, and Saving Private Ryan. The final result would […]


Quentin Tarantino Walk of Fame Star Unveiling Ceremony: Peaceful Despite Police Threats

Quentin Tarantino star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also in the photo: Demián Bichir, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth and other 'The Hateful Eight' cast members. Quentin Tarantino gets star on Hollywood Walk Fame: No police protests or anti-Tarantino rally Quentin Tarantino, who has been making movies for nearly […]


Republicans Want Agrabah Bombed: What Has Aladdin Done to Deserve It?

Agrabah: 'Aladdin' city that Republicans want to bomb. Is Agrabah Burning? Nearly 1 in 3 Republican primary voters want to bomb 'Aladdin' city According to a new poll by Public Policy Polling, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, nearly one third of 532 Republican primary voters support bombing Agrabah. Agrabah? Is […]


War on Christmas: Movies to Remember & Fighting 'Haters and Atheists'

Donald Trump vs. Starbucks' War on Christmas: Movies to remember range from 'Rosemary's Baby' to Kirk Cameron documentary. The War on Christmas: Movies that come to mind & fighting 'haters and atheists' We're still in November, but the War on Christmas – according to online buzz, a second cousin once […]


Norma Shearer: 'Queen of MGM' & 'Liberated Woman'

Norma Shearer movies: Hollywood's early 'liberated woman' remembered. A top movie star of the 1920s and 1930s, Norma Shearer was known as the 'Queen of MGM.' Norma Shearer movies: Early 'liberated woman' & Best Actress Academy Award winner was the 'Queen of MGM' For decades a largely forgotten name, in […]


'Trumbo' Movie: Bryan Cranston & Helen Mirren Excellent in Blacklist Drama

Trumbo movie: Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren superb as left-wing screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and right-wing gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. 'Trumbo' movie review: Highly entertaining 'history lesson' toplining an outstanding Bryan Cranston Full disclosure: on the wall in my study hangs a poster – the iconic photograph of blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter […]


Charles Brackett Diaries: Ugly Politics and Juicy Gossip in Old Hollywood

Charles Brackett ca. 1945: Billy Wilder screenwriting partner (1936–1949), producer (1945–1949) and Hollywood diarist. Q&A with 'Charles Brackett Diaries' editor Anthony Slide: Billy Wilder's screenwriter-producer partner in his own words Six-time Academy Award winner Billy Wilder is a film legend. He is renowned for classics such as The Major and […]


'Truth' Movie: Cate Blanchett Flawless in Compelling But Slanted Drama

Truth movie: Cate Blanchett “flawless” as 60 Minutes' Mary Mapes. 'Truth' movie: Gripping and well-acted drama can't hide '60 Minutes' producer Mary Mapes' role in the 'devolution of TV journalism' The devolution of TV journalism into partisan point-scoring and sophistic bloviating was in full stride by the time 60 Minutes […]


'Eye of the Tiger' Band Survivor Lawsuit vs. Christian Extremists Mike Huckabee, Kim Davis

'Eye of the Tiger' band Survivor: Lawsuit against a couple of radical Christians. Infamous radical Christian county clerk Kim Davis, far-right U.S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee sued by 'Eye of the Tiger' band Survivor The band Survivor, whose song “Eye of the Tiger” underlined the critical dud (but box office […]


James Woods Twitter Lawsuit: Slander Case or Social Media Freedom of Speech Attack?

James Woods in Videodrome. James Woods in $10 million Twitter lawsuit feud: Crassly vocal right-wing actor goes after two crassly vocal users who attacked him In a letter dated Aug. 21, '15, Twitter attorney Ryan Mrazik ridiculed Surf's Up and Scary Movie 2 actor James Woods, while also highlighting the […]