Arts Review Art, war and social revolution—Part 2 This talk was given by WSWS arts editor David Walsh at San Diego State University, University of California Berkeley and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in April and May. Wed, 01 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-06-01T05:00:00Z Art, war and social revolution—Part 1 This talk was given by WSWS arts editor David Walsh at San Diego State University, University of California Berkeley, and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in April and May. Tue, 31 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-31T05:00:00Z <em>Sing Street</em> from Ireland, <em>A Bigger Splash</em> from Italy: Neglected realities John Carney’s <em>Sing Street</em> is a musical comedy-drama set in Dublin in the mid-1980s. Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s <em>A Bigger Splash</em>, based on a 1969 French thriller, takes its name from a painting by British artist David Hockney. Sat, 28 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-28T05:00:00Z <em>High-Rise</em>: A film version of J.G. Ballard’s novel Like the novel, the film—set in the mid-1970s—begins with its central character calmly sitting on the balcony of his 25th floor apartment eating roast dog. Fri, 27 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-27T05:00:00Z <em>Cash Only</em>: What interests contemporary filmmakers and what doesn’t <em>Cash Only</em> is an independent American film set in the Detroit area. The film takes place in the Albanian community. Wed, 25 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-25T05:00:00Z <em>Captain America: Civil War</em>—A waste of resources, technology and human skill What are these performers doing in this film? Is there any major film actor at present who would say “No” to this sort of project? Mon, 23 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-23T05:00:00Z <em>Maggie’s Plan</em>, <em>Frank &amp; Lola</em>, along with Dreyer’s <em>Vampyr</em> (1932) Some not very good new films—and better old ones. Fri, 20 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-20T05:00:00Z <em>Money Monster</em>: Who are the criminals? <em>Money Monster</em> is the latest film to depict the consequences of the 2008 financial crash and the criminal manipulations of the financial elite. Wed, 18 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-18T05:00:00Z <em>Radio Dreams</em>, about Iranian Americans—and the problem of images without insight <em>Radio Dreams</em> is a pleasurable experience. Other films at the San Francisco festival––<em>The Event</em>, <em>No Home Movie</em>, <em>Counting</em>, <em>Five Nights in Maine</em>––fared less well. Tue, 17 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-17T05:00:00Z An interview with Babak Jalali, director of <em>Radio Dreams</em> The WSWS spoke to Babak Jalali during the recent San Francisco International Film Festival. Tue, 17 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-17T05:00:00Z <em>The Return</em>, about released prisoners, and other social dramas (or comedies) In a number of the films screened at the festival, their creators were evidently overwhelmed by the disintegrating social structures in some of the most impoverished parts of the world. Fri, 13 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-13T05:00:00Z Look at today’s filmmaking … then look at the world The recent San Francisco International Film Festival, in its 59th edition, screened some 175 films, including approximately 100 feature-length films, from 46 countries. Wed, 11 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-11T05:00:00Z <em>Everybody Wants Some!!</em>—Richard Linklater goes to college <em>Everybody Wants Some!!</em> is the latest coming-of-age tale from the American independent film director. Tue, 10 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-10T05:00:00Z <em>Looking for Grace</em>—a strangely cold story about a teenager leaving home The movie centres on the efforts of a lower middle-class couple to find their runaway teenage daughter and only child. Mon, 09 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-09T05:00:00Z Are the films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet a genuine alternative to contemporary filmmaking? The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, beginning May 6, is presenting a retrospective of the films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, the Franco-German filmmakers. Sat, 07 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-07T05:00:00Z <em>Elvis &amp; Nixon</em>, <em>A Hologram for the King</em>: Trivializing culture, history Two ostensible comedies, <em>Elvis &amp; Nixon</em> and <em>A Hologram for the King</em>, drain their stories of their most important social and historical content. Fri, 06 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-06T05:00:00Z <em>Papa: Hemingway in Cuba</em>—The banalization of the novelist and his art The film follows the relationship that develops after a young American journalist in Miami in the mid-1950s writes an admiring letter to novelist Ernest Hemingway, then living in Havana, Cuba. Wed, 04 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-04T05:00:00Z David Walsh speaks on “Art, War and Social Revolution” at meetings in California Walsh presented the history of 20th century anti-war cinema and sought to uncover the roots behind the present cultural stagnation in the light of the eruption of American imperialism. Tue, 03 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-03T05:00:00Z <em>Songs My Brothers Taught Me</em>: The plight of a Lakota youth The film is a lyrical and honest look at the poverty and social neglect that affects one of the most historically oppressed communities in the United States. Mon, 02 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-02T05:00:00Z <em>Class Divide</em>: A close-up look at gentrification, inequality in New York City Children of hedge fund managers attend private school on Manhattan’s Tenth Avenue, across the street from one of the city’s public housing projects. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-29T05:00:00Z Prince (1958-2016) While music icon Prince, who died April 21 at the age of 57, was among the more electrifying performers of his generation, his work could be terribly uneven. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-27T05:00:00Z The paintings of Eugène Delacroix at London’s National Gallery The stated intention of the organisers is to give visitors “the opportunity to (re)discover” the “revolutionary artist” Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863). Tue, 26 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-26T05:00:00Z A concert of relative rarities by American composer Aaron Copland Copland’s jazz-influenced Piano Concerto deserves a higher profile in the orchestral repertoire. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-23T05:00:00Z <em>The Hope Six Demolition Project</em>: PJ Harvey takes on war and global poverty Harvey’s new album is the product of the artist’s investigation into the poverty and devastation being inflicted on different parts of the globe. Fri, 22 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-22T05:00:00Z <em>Demolition</em>: Take an investment banker apart, and what do you find? The film tells the story of Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal), a New York investment banker who experiences an emotional unraveling after his wife dies in an automobile accident. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-20T05:00:00Z A conversation with Stephen Parker, author of <em>Bertolt Brecht: A Literary Life</em> WSWS writers Sybille Fuchs, Stefan Steinberg and David Walsh recently spoke to the author of a valuable new biography of the famed German playwright and poet. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-19T05:00:00Z Stephen Parker’s <em>Bertolt Brecht. A Literary Life</em>—a welcome biography that raises big historical issues One of the most talented and influential playwrights of the 20th century, Brecht adapted to Stalinism, with pernicious consequences for his career and work. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-18T05:00:00Z <em>Colonia</em>: Under Pinochet, a disposal center for enemies of the state German director Florian Gallenberger’s political thriller <em>Colonia</em> takes place during and after the US-backed Chilean military coup in September 1973. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-16T05:00:00Z SEP/IYSSE meetings in California: Art, War and Social Revolution WSWS Arts Editor David Walsh will speak at meetings in San Diego and Berkeley, California, addressing the political and cultural situation in relation to American imperialism’s relentless war drive. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-14T05:00:00Z <em>Born to Be Blue</em> and <em>Miles Ahead</em>: Why so much fiction when life is fascinating enough? Films based on the lives and personas of post-World War II jazz musicians Chet Baker and Miles Davis have been released recently. Thu, 07 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-07T05:00:00Z <em>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</em>—Doom and gloom, with capes The price tag of the film, including production and marketing costs, approaches half a billion dollars, and some analysts believe it would need an $800 million box office to recoup its investment. Wed, 06 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-06T05:00:00Z UK documentary exposes Saudi role in global terror operations The Saudi ruling family spent $70 billion exporting its particularly repressive form of Islamism through books, the media, Islamic welfare institutions and charities. Tue, 05 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-05T05:00:00Z The New York Times on race and art A review published in this Sunday’s <em>New York Times Book Review</em> advances a racialist view of art and culture with thoroughly reactionary implications. Mon, 04 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-04T05:00:00Z From Cuba a grim drama (<em>La obra del siglo</em>) and from Argentina a political thriller (<em>El Clan</em>) and a road trip (<em>Camino a La Paz</em>) The festival showcased films and documentaries from throughout the Spanish-speaking world, including Cuba, Spain, Mexico, and South and Central America. Fri, 01 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-01T05:00:00Z <em>Eye in the Sky</em>: The liberal war on terror <em>Eye in the Sky</em> is a political-military thriller in which British and American officials weigh the consequences of a drone strike in Nairobi, Kenya. Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-31T05:00:00Z Professors’ group charges Obama administration with undermining academic freedom and due process A report by the American Association of University Professors points to the reactionary role of the sexual harassment industry on university campuses. Wed, 30 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-30T05:00:00Z The human cost of the drug war in Mexico and a drama from Venezuela: <em>Retratos de una búsqueda</em> and <em>Dauna. Lo que lleva el río</em> The San Diego festival showcased films and documentaries from throughout the Spanish-speaking world, including Cuba, Spain, Mexico, South and Central America. Wed, 30 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-30T05:00:00Z Films from Argentina, Spain and Guatemala: <em>El Movimiento</em>, <em>Hablar</em>, <em>Ixcanul</em> and <em>Tras Nazarin</em> The festival showcased films and documentaries from throughout the Spanish-speaking world, including Cuba, Spain, Mexico, South and Central America. Mon, 28 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-28T05:00:00Z Atom Egoyan’s <em>Remember</em>: A Nazi criminal hunted… Two Auschwitz concentration camp survivors plot to kill the SS guard who murdered their families in Atom Egoyan’s latest film, <em>Remember</em>, a psychological drama. Fri, 25 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-25T05:00:00Z “We make the terror:” Season four of <em>House of Cards</em> The latest season of the Netflix series suggests that the US government facilitates terrorism to keep a lid on domestic opposition, spies on the population for political gain, and conspires to go to war for Machiavellian ends. Thu, 24 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-24T05:00:00Z Anthony Doerr’s <em>All the Light We Cannot See</em>: All the history the novelist cannot see Doerr’s second novel takes a moralizing, ahistorical view of events during the Second World War. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-23T05:00:00Z Ten years since the death of hip hop artist James “J Dilla” Yancey A talented musician, Yancey is considered by many to have been among the greatest of all hip hop producers. Mon, 21 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-21T05:00:00Z Novelist Jonathan Franzen’s <em>Purity</em> Franzen’s highly praised fifth novel is a largely––and carelessly––misanthropic, right-wing work that fails to create complex or plausible characters. Thu, 17 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-17T05:00:00Z Beatles producer George Martin dies at 90 Legendary music producer George Martin, who supervised almost all of the Beatles’ recordings, died on March 8. Tue, 15 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-15T05:00:00Z Flight and persecution—yesterday and today (<em>The Diary of Anne Frank</em> and <em>Meteorstraße</em>) A new adaptation of the immortal <em>Diary of a Young Girl</em> by Anne Frank, about Nazi persecution, and a film about Palestinian refugees in contemporary Germany. Mon, 14 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-14T05:00:00Z <em>A Perfect Day</em>: 24 hours in the Bosnian War Spanish filmmaker Fernando León de Aranoa’s movie <em>A Perfect Day</em> deals with international humanitarian aid workers in the Balkans near the end of the war in the mid-1990s. Sat, 12 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-12T05:00:00Z <em>Race</em>: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics Stephen Hopkins’ film centers on critical events in the life of African-American track and field legend Jesse Owens. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-10T05:00:00Z <em>American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson</em>: An indictment of American celebrity culture The FX series examines the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in June 1994, for which former football star O. J. Simpson was charged. Tue, 08 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-08T05:00:00Z <em>Alone in Berlin</em>—a working class couple opposes the Nazis Vincent Pérez’s film is a new adaptation of Hans Fallada’s novel <em>Every Man Dies Alone</em> (published posthumously in 1947). Mon, 07 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-07T05:00:00Z Two poor films on the Afghanistan war—<em>Whiskey Tango Foxtrot</em> and <em>A War</em>—and Jonás Cuarón’s <em>Desierto</em> <em>Whiskey Tango Foxtrot</em> is a semi-comic treatment of the tragic Afghan conflict; <em>A War</em> from Denmark is ostensibly a more serious effort. <em>Desierto</em> takes up the war against Mexican immigrants. Sat, 05 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-05T05:00:00Z Eighty-eighth Academy Awards: Hopeful signs amidst reactionary “diversity” campaign The Oscar awards ceremony Sunday night included some welcome notes and surprises, and generally, despite the disorienting campaign waged under the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, revealed a more humane side of Hollywood. Tue, 01 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-01T05:00:00Z A critique of Europe’s refugee policy: On the Berlinale’s Golden Bear for <em>Fire at Sea</em> This is the second in a series of articles on the recent Berlin international film festival, the Berlinale, held February 11-20, 2016. Sat, 27 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-02-27T05:00:00Z Refugee crisis takes centre stage at the Berlinale The main prize of the festival went to <em>Fire at Sea</em> (Fuocoammare) by Gianfranco Rosi, dealing with the fate of refugees attempting to enter Europe. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-02-22T05:00:00Z John Patrick Shanley’s <em>Prodigal Son</em>: A working class youth at a Catholic high school in the 1960s The playwright raises some important issues and then proceeds to skirt them, leaving the audience with little more than a banal liberalism. Fri, 19 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-02-19T05:00:00Z <em>Woman at the Window</em>: Oratorio remembers the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Students at the Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts in Los Angeles tackle the deadliest industrial disaster in US history in an honest and compelling work. Tue, 16 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-02-16T05:00:00Z Jia Zhangke’s <em>Mountains May Depart</em>: Three periods in modern China, a good deal of confusion Veteran independent Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke’s <em>Mountains May Depart</em> is opening in theaters in the US this week. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-02-13T05:00:00Z Leo Tolstoy’s <em>War and Peace</em> dramatized in a new television series Tolstoy’s titanic novel has received a new adaptation by the BBC and is now airing in numerous countries. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-02-11T05:00:00Z The Coen Brothers’ <em>Hail Caesar!</em>: The “Passion” of a film studio troubleshooter <em>Hail Caesar!</em>, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, is a comedy about Hollywood set in the early 1950s. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z “The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film”—an exhibition The exhibition examines some of the remarkable photography, magazines, film posters and innovative films produced in the years that followed the October Revolution of 1917. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z <em>45 Years</em>: A nightmare on the brain of the living? In Andrew Haigh’s <em>45 Years</em>, a childless, middle class couple living in a provincial English town, are on the eve of their 45th wedding anniversary. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z Parents fighting lead poisoning denounce government inaction and lies Following a preview screening of the film <em>MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic</em>, which documents the epidemic spread of lead across America, a panel of parents was joined by the director of the film and a state expert for lead risk assessment. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z “Light lights in air”: Value, price, profit and Louis Zukofsky’s poetry Louis Zukofsky (1904–78), largely unknown today except in academic circles, was a remarkable American poet. In the late 1920s and 1930s, a supporter of the Communist Party, he wrote complex, modernist works. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-02-03T05:00:00Z Racialism, art and the Academy Awards controversy It is no exaggeration to point out that, in ideological terms, Cara Buckley in the <em>New York Times</em> and others, in their obsession with race, are spouting a conception of society and art identified historically with the extreme right. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z <em>13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi</em>—Michael Bay’s mythmaking Hollywood’s latest propaganda piece tells the story of the 2012 attack on a US base in Libya from a right-wing perspective, with predictable results. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z <em>Drone</em>, a Norwegian-made documentary: “We just made orphans out of all these children” The documentary brings together opponents of the CIA drone program and includes interviews with two former US Air Force drone pilots. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z A modern Antigone: <em>Son of Saul</em> by László Nemes The debut film of Hungarian director László Nemes depicts the horrors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp during the prisoner uprising of October 1944. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-28T05:00:00Z J.M.W. Turner and modern art: Comments on an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario Given the current upsurge of interest in representational imagery, the exhibition of the late work of J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851) at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto is of particular interest. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z Charlie Kaufman’s often charming, moving <em>Anomalisa</em> (and Michael Moore’s feeble <em>Where to Invade Next</em>) <em>Anomalisa</em> is an adult animated film created with stop-motion puppetry centering around an angst-ridden, self-help author. <em>Where to Invade Nex</em>t is a non-comment on Washington’s never-ending wars. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z Jazz album: <em>Crisis</em> by Amir ElSaffar and the Two Rivers Ensemble An album fusing Western jazz traditions and traditional Arab music preserves an endangered Iraqi art form and creates a new sound. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z The semi-boycott of the “whites only” Academy Awards Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith, both African-American, have indicated they will shun this year’s award ceremony on February 28. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z To create a genuine artistic “avant garde” means confronting critical historical issues The essay by David Walsh we are posting today considers whether or not an artistic vanguard exists today—and, if not, what such a vanguard would consist of and what questions it would have to confront. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z 30 Americans at the Detroit Institute of Arts: The art of identity politics 30 Americans is a collection of artwork created under the influence of racialist and gender politics, and it provides an opportunity to assess the aesthetic contribution of this outlook. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z <em>Neorealism: We Were Not Just Bicycle Thieves</em>—a documentary on Italian cinema The 72-minute film provides a general outline of neo-realist cinema, but it is a seriously limited one. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-19T05:00:00Z Picasso’s sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York MoMA has given Picasso’s sculpture blockbuster treatment, including more than 140 pieces. The handful of sculptures that are a discovery tend to get lost in the crowd. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-18T05:00:00Z <em>The Revenant</em>: Are we all savages? (And Paolo Sorrentino’s <em>Youth</em> ) <em>The Revenant</em> is a sensationalized account of the life of American fur trapper Hugh Glass, who famously survived a mauling by a bear. <em>Youth</em> is a banal meditation on aging. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-16T05:00:00Z The 88th Academy Awards nominations The Academy Award nominations revealed the usual muddle-headedness, liberal good intentions and severe limitations of the social grouping that decides these things. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z <em>Concussion</em>: Highlighting the perils of American football Despite its limitations, <em>Concussion</em> serves to bring before a mass audience the grave risks inherent in playing America’s most popular sport. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-14T05:00:00Z <em>Carol</em> and <em>The Danish Girl</em>: Real problems, but the danger of exclusivism The two films address significant subjects that could potentially shed light on society and its moral and psychological condition. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z Conductor and avant-garde composer Pierre Boulez (1925–2016) As a conductor who worked and recorded extensively with leading orchestras and opera companies, Boulez elicited powerful, precise, unpretentious and always tasteful performances, though they sometimes had a touch of coldness. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-07T05:00:00Z Racism and revenge: Quentin Tarantino’s <em>The Hateful Eight</em> Tarantino’s latest is a deeply unpleasant work, another in a long line of the director’s blood-soaked revenge fantasies. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-07T05:00:00Z Frank Capra: The Early Collection—The American filmmaker’s most ambitious and honest work The box set contains five pre-Code movies: <em>Ladies of Leisure</em> (1930), <em>Rain Or Shine</em> (1930), <em>The Miracle Woman</em> (1931), <em>Forbidden</em> (1932) and <em>The Bitter Tea of General Yen</em> (1933). Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z The failure of David O. Russell’s <em>Joy</em>, or, what any “sensible” person should know about modern society Russell’s film is loosely inspired by the life story of millionaire inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano, who created a self-wringing mop and other products. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-05T05:00:00Z <em>Lulu</em>: A new production of a challenging 20th century opera Alban Berg found ways to express drama and emotional power within the atonal framework pioneered by his teacher Arnold Schoenberg. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z <em>The Big Short</em>: The criminality of Wall Street and the crash of 2008 Adam McKay’s new film <em>The Big Short</em> is a hard-hitting comedy-drama about the 2008 financial meltdown. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-31T05:00:00Z Best films of 2015 The most interesting films we saw in 2015, both those that played in a movie theater in the US and those not yet distributed. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-31T05:00:00Z The year in popular music <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> music writers pick their favorite recordings of 2015. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-30T05:00:00Z <em>In Jackson Heights</em>: Documentarian Frederick Wiseman on life in a New York City neighborhood If nothing else, Wiseman’s new documentary is a reminder of the fact that, even in this wealthiest city in the world, the working class makes up the vast majority of the population. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-29T05:00:00Z <em>John Heartfield: Laughter Is A Devastating Weapon</em> <em>Laughter is a Devastating Weapon</em> presents 50 full-page images of John Heartfield’s work, revealing the power, impact and problems of the brilliant German artist’s satirical photomontages. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-28T05:00:00Z An interview with performer, educator and archivist of the Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein “I feel that this body of work is timeless, because it has a level of craft, inspiration and quality that transcends the era in which it was created.” Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z <em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em>: No real awakening The new <em>Star Wars</em> offering serves as the first part of a “sequel” trilogy that tells the story of the next generation by reusing many of the same ideas and visuals. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-22T05:00:00Z A new film version of Shakespeare’s <em>Macbeth</em> A new version of William Shakespeare’s <em>Macbeth</em> with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard emphasizes the bloody, barbaric times. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z <em>Hyena Road</em>: Neither pro- nor anti-war? Not so fast, Mr. Gross…! Paul Gross’s film follows the construction of a tactically important road being built in the heart of Taliban territory by Canadian forces in southern Afghanistan. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-18T05:00:00Z <em>Legend</em> and <em>Room</em>: Once again, celebrating the underworld—and a peculiar film about captives <em>Legend</em> is a British crime drama about the Kray twins, London’s most notorious gangsters in the 1960s; <em>Room</em> concerns a mother and her five-year-old son held prisoner in a shed for seven years. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z Who would celebrate Hitler today?: The German satirical film <em>Look Who’s Back</em> The satirical film, based on the novel of the same title by Timur Vermes, has been seen by over two million people, making it one of the most watched in Germany this year. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-16T05:00:00Z <em>Killing Them Safely</em>: The big business of police tasers The documentary is a disturbing look at TASER International, the company that has cornered the market for police electro-shock weapons. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z <em>Brooklyn</em>: Irish immigration through rose-colored glasses <em>Brooklyn</em> focuses on a young Irish girl who emigrates to America in the early 1950s and struggles with homesickness and adjusting to an alien environment. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-10T05:00:00Z