Larry Wines: When we see Supreme Court cases in religious swaddling clothes, a movie may appear trivial. It isn’t. Hollywood drives culture, beliefs and opinions disproportionately, just as TV megachuch pastors do.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Art has added energy to advocacy — and it reaches people at deeper emotional levels, conveying what cannot be said with mere facts.
Arsenio Hall brought the “edge” to late night when a tarnished Presidential hopeful came on the show in June of 1992—wearing sunglasses .
Quantrills Raid: This bizarre moment should give pause to us all when we consider the small and the large of our own lives.
Love in Films: I sometimes think that in life we are meant to proceed by shrinking our egoism while broadening and intensifying our love.
Russian Valentine: Russian ladies enjoying courier-delivered roses will be members of online dating services with overseas “boyfriends.”
Few Women Behind the Camera — For the past five years, only about 30 percent of character actors on the big screen have been women.
Steve Mikulan: When Pete Seeger died Monday, he left behind a legacy of tolerance, optimism and an unbreakable faith in the common man.
Progressive Culture I envision would battle against our still dominant capitalist consumer culture.
Perfect Gift — Much better was the photograph of a Wisconsin barn from our children and their partners, framed in barn wood.
Blacks in Hollywood — For many people of color, going to 21st century movies is a soul-sucking exercise in seeing power through white eyes.
Ed Rampell: Since the collapse of capitalism in 2008 there has been a rebirth of left-leaning theatre, and Nickel and Dimed is one of this dissident theatrical wave’s finest, most compelling dramas.
Ed Rampell: Both the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum’s Merlin, Harbinger of Peace and Sacred Fools’ Watson and the Dark Art of Harry Houdini have succeeded in taking a new look at and breathing new life into characters who have been popular for literally centuries.