Arts Review “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 An interview with Ted Dawe, author of <em>Into the River</em> Dawe’s novel has been attacked in the media and by fundamentalist Christians because of its realistic depiction of New Zealand society, from the point of view of a working-class Maori teenager. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z Interview with Indian filmmaker Rahul Roy, director of <em>The Factory</em> Roy’s film chronicles the struggle of autoworkers at the assembly plant operated by Maruti Suzuki India, in Manesar, northern India. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z Interview with Denny Tedesco, director of <em>The Wrecking Crew</em> The WSWS recently spoke with Denny Tedesco, son of legendary guitarist Tommy Tedesco and director of <em>The Wrecking Crew</em>, a documentary about the 1960s’ musical scene in Los Angeles. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z <em>Spotlight</em>: A telling exposé of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church Tom McCarthy’s <em>Spotlight</em> is a taut, quasi-political thriller that chronicles the <em>Boston Globe</em>’s 2002 exposure of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the Boston area. Thu, 03 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-03T05:00:00Z <em>The 33</em>: A drama of the 2010 Chilean mine disaster The new film from Mexican-born director Patricia Riggen tells the story of the 2010 mine disaster in Chile, in which 33 miners were trapped underground for more than two months. Wed, 02 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-12-02T05:00:00Z <em>Trumbo</em> and the history of the Hollywood blacklist Jay Roach’s film about the anti-communist Hollywood witch-hunt, though politically limited and marred by the conventions of the biopic genre, deserves to be widely seen. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-30T05:00:00Z Sarah Gavron’s <em>Suffragette</em>: What do Mrs. Pankhurst and an East End laundress have in common? British filmmaker Sarah Gavron’s <em>Suffragette</em> is a fictionalized account of the women’s voting rights movement in Britain in the pre-World War I period. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-28T05:00:00Z <em>Iraqi Odyssey</em> opens in the US This elegantly composed documentary attempts to interweave the complex saga of the director’s own family with the larger history of Iraq over the past half-century or more. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-27T05:00:00Z <em>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2</em>: Worn seriously thin by now The new film treats the climax of the struggle in Panem between the rebels, morally led by Katniss Everdeen, and the forces of the Capitol, presided over by the tyrannical President Coriolanus Snow. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-26T05:00:00Z Red Pill’s <em>Look What This World Did To Us</em>: The “everyman mentality,” its strengths and weaknesses <em>Look What This World Did To Us</em> (April 2015, Mello Music Group) is the third full-length studio album from Detroit-area rapper/producer Red Pill (born Chris Orrick, 1987). Fri, 20 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-20T05:00:00Z The Holocaust as Via Dolorosa: The mysticism of Piotr Chrzan’s <em>Klezmer</em> Piotr Chrzan’s directorial debut deals with the subject of the organized search for the Jews, or the Judenjagd, in Nazi-Occupied Poland. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-19T05:00:00Z New Orleans songwriter, musician Allen Toussaint dead at 77 On tour at the time of his death, Toussaint suffered a heart attack following a performance at the Teatro Lara in Madrid, Spain. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-12T05:00:00Z <em>Our Brand is Crisis</em>: US political consultants at their dirty work in Bolivia Based on a documentary, the new David Gordon Green movie, <em>Our Brand is Crisis</em>, is a comedy-drama about the activities of American political operatives in the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. Mon, 09 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-09T05:00:00Z Beethoven’s <em>Fidelio</em> distorted beyond recognition at 2015 Salzburg Festival The opera was written in the aftermath of the French Revolution, and expressed the composer’s devotion to the ideals of the Enlightenment. Sat, 07 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-07T05:00:00Z “Foul deeds will rise…”: <em>Hamlet</em>, in a world on the brink The weight of our time is felt, even if unevenly, in the overall mood of the recent production of <em>Hamlet</em> with Benedict Cumberbatch. Thu, 05 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-05T05:00:00Z The impact of the refugee crisis: <em>Lampedusa</em> by Anders Lustgarten at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre Lustgarten’s play attempts to convey the lives and plight of ordinary people and avoids the self-absorption of many artists. Thu, 05 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-05T05:00:00Z <em>Truth</em>: The victimization of CBS’s Dan Rather and Mary Mapes The film at least partly reveals the role of the media as a virtual propaganda arm of the military and the CIA. Wed, 04 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-04T05:00:00Z <em>Steve Jobs</em> fails to transcend conventional mythologizing Based on Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography, the film presents its title character as a clairvoyant and brilliant business leader with significant character flaws. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-02T05:00:00Z F.W. Murnau’s classic, groundbreaking Nosferatu in US theaters … Several movie theaters in the US are currently screening F.W. Murnau’s classic silent film, <em>Nosferatu</em> (1922). We also look briefly at <em>Rock the Kasbah</em> and <em>Beasts of No Nation</em>. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-10-30T05:00:00Z Seventeenth-century Dutch paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston The exhibition is not huge, but its 75 paintings from 40 institutions in the US, Canada and Europe, a third of which have not been seen in the US before, were thoughtfully chosen. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-10-29T05:00:00Z <em>Coming Home</em>: A small, sincere film about big, complex times In the late 1970s, after two decades in a remote “rehabilitation camp,” a Chinese political prisoner returns to his long-suffering wife, who does not recognize him. Tue, 20 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-10-20T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage speaks with the World Socialist Web Site Vithanage discusses <em>With You, Without You</em> and the political difficulties facing contemporary Sri Lankan filmmakers. Tue, 13 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-10-13T05:00:00Z <em>Black Mass</em>: The story of Whitey Bulger, gangster and FBI informant Despite exhibiting a healthy cynicism toward the authorities, the film fails to give a satisfying picture of Boston’s underworld, or the city’s social relations, in the 1970s and 1980s. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-10-10T05:00:00Z <em>The Martian</em>: A modern Robinson Crusoe One member of a manned mission to Mars is presumed dead and left behind on the desolate planet. Wed, 07 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-10-07T05:00:00Z <em>Time Out of Mind</em>: Richard Gere as a homeless man in New York City Some of the more authentic moments in the film come in the form of George Hammond’s difficulties with government bureaucracies and homeless shelter officials. Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-10-05T05:00:00Z <em>I Saw the Light</em> (Hank Williams) and <em>Janis: Little Girl Blue</em> (Janis Joplin)—Popular music and its discontents Country music performer Hank Williams (1923-1953) and rock and roll singer Janis Joplin (1943-1970) were both significant figures in the history of American popular culture. Sat, 03 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-10-03T05:00:00Z Re-released after 40 years: The strengths and weaknesses of Robert Altman’s Nashville The nearly three-hour work follows two dozen characters over the course of several days in the city of Nashville, Tennessee, the official capital of country music. Wed, 30 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-30T05:00:00Z The physical and emotional toll that capitalist society takes The 40th Toronto International Film Festival screened some 285 feature films and 110 shorts from 71 countries. Sat, 26 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-26T05:00:00Z <em>99 Homes’</em> director Ramin Bahrani: “The villain is the system” Iranian-American writer-director Ramin Bahrani (<em>Man Push Cart</em>, 2005; <em>Chop Shop</em>, 2007; <em>Goodbye Solo</em>, 2008) has created a compelling work that puts flesh and blood on the foreclosure epidemic. Thu, 24 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-24T05:00:00Z Diego Rivera murals in San Francisco—Mostly hidden and obscured The American public’s access to Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s murals has never been easy, as their social and political content has provoked opposition in powerful circles. Now, an artist joins the effort, with little to offer in return. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-14T05:00:00Z Shirley Baker: A compassionate photographer of 1960s working class life The show is an opportunity to see the compassionate and humorous photographs of working class life by someone whose work rarely reached a wider audience during her own lifetime. Sat, 12 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-12T05:00:00Z Noah Baumbach’s <em>Mistress America</em> offers some hints of humanity A young student in New York City, an aspiring writer, meets her energetic, difficult stepsister-to-be. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-10T05:00:00Z <em>Woman</em>: The confessions of R&amp;B singer Jill Scott The latest album from the neo-soul singer is an interesting but uneven effort. Wed, 09 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-09T05:00:00Z Jacques Tourneur’s <em>Out of the Past</em> (1947): The weight of history Tourneur’s film, adapted from <em>Build My Gallows High</em>, a novel by American writer Daniel Mainwaring published in 1946, has one of the most suggestive titles in cinema history. Sat, 05 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-05T05:00:00Z <em>Phoenix</em>: After WWII in Germany, a woman rises from the ashes Set in the immediate aftermath of World War II, a Jewish concentration camp survivor, Nelly Lenz (Nina Hoss), is grossly disfigured and traumatized. Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-03T05:00:00Z Young Euro Classic: A music festival in Berlin opposing war and nationalism The annual Young Euro Classic youth orchestra festival recently concluded with a memorable performance in the Berlin Concert Hall. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z David G. Spielman’s <em>The Katrina Decade</em>—An unsentimental look at how things are now Spielman is not given to the current fetish for “Ruins Photography.” There is no romanticism in these pages. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z Jonathan Demme’s <em>Ricki and the Flash</em> and <em>American Ultra</em>: Tired or clueless filmmaking Jonathan Demme’s film deals with a woman who left her husband and children decades ago, and now returns for a family crisis. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-27T05:00:00Z Dismaland, Banksy’s parody theme park: A despairing response to a complex world Coming through the main gates into Dismaland, the spectator is confronted with a vision of a world that is terribly sick. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-26T05:00:00Z <em>Straight Outta Compton</em>: an uncritical picture of the rise of American “gangster rap” <em>Straight Outta Compton</em> is a hip hop biopic focusing on the rise to prominence of the influential hip hop group N.W.A. in the late 1980s. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-25T05:00:00Z Xavier Dolan’s <em>Mommy</em>: The story of a troubled youth The fifth feature film by Quebecois director Xavier Dolan, only 25 years of age, won numerous awards in 2014 and 2015. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-22T05:00:00Z <em>The Good Fight</em>: the latest from Washington DC-based hip hop artist Oddisee While avoiding many of the more overt expressions of self-absorption, many of the Oddisee’s attempts to reflect reality remain purely on an individual and superficial plane. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-21T05:00:00Z Woody Allen’s <em>Irrational Man</em>: The familiar flatness and lack of conviction Allen’s latest film focuses on controversial philosophy professor Abe Lucas who arrives at fictional, liberal arts Braylin College in Newport, Rhode Island to teach a summer course. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-14T05:00:00Z <em>Amy</em>, a documentary film about the British singer Amy Winehouse Asif Kapadia’s documentary is a straightforward and compelling account of the performer’s life starting at the age of fourteen. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-12T05:00:00Z Harper Lee’s <em>Go Set a Watchman</em>: More of a moneymaking than a literary event? Harper Lee’s early draft of a novel, <em>Go Set a Watchman</em>, has sold over a million copies in the United States since its release two weeks ago. Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-03T05:00:00Z <em>Trainwreck</em>: The latest from Judd Apatow In Apatow’s <em>Trainwreck</em>, Amy Schumer, the stand-up comic and writer, is the psychological mess of the title. Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-01T05:00:00Z Billy Wilder’s <em>Double Indemnity</em> (1944) and the phenomenon of American film noir Turner Classic Movies, the US cable and satellite television network, presented Billy Wilder’s <em>Double Indemnity</em> (1944) at selected theaters on July 19 and 20. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-28T05:00:00Z R.W. Fassbinder at 70: the German filmmaker’s life on display in Berlin An exhibition at Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau pays tribute to German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder on the seventieth anniversary of his birth. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-23T05:00:00Z Artist Shepard Fairey arrested on felony charges for Detroit graffiti Fairey was arrested less than two months after completing a mural in Detroit, commissioned by billionaire Dan Gilbert. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-20T05:00:00Z USA Network’s <em>Mr. Robot</em>: A provocative start, but where will it go? Making a direct appeal to debt-ridden youth and branding itself as “anti-corporate,” <em>Mr. Robot</em> raises many issues. But how does it deal with them? Fri, 17 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-17T05:00:00Z Mary Ellen Mark: Photographer and humanist Acclaimed American photographer Mary Ellen Mark recently died, leaving behind an extensive and thought-provoking body of work. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-16T05:00:00Z <em>Manglehorn</em> and <em>The Cobbler</em>: The influence of social-gravitational forces The two films, <em>Manglehorn</em>, directed by David Gordon Green, and <em>The Cobbler</em>, directed by Tom McCarthy, both fall into the independent drama, or comedy-drama category. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-13T05:00:00Z Netflix’s <em>Orange Is the New Black</em>, Season 3: Life goes on in a women’s prison In the third season of the series about a fictional woman’s correctional facility, based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, privatization comes to Litchfield prison. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-11T05:00:00Z <em>Terminator Genisys</em> and the trajectory of American “independent” filmmaking A number of the independent filmmakers of the 1990s and early 2000s have found their way, like Alan Taylor, to one or another blockbuster franchise. Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-08T05:00:00Z NBC’s <em>American Odyssey</em>: Mercenaries, jihadists and Machiavellian US corporations <em>American Odyssey</em>, cancelled after the first season, exhibited some good intentions, but ultimately familiar confusion. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-06T05:00:00Z <em>Silicon Valley</em>: HBO’s satire of American tech culture Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, the series follows the ups and downs of six young men who live together in a Silicon Valley “business startup incubator.” Sat, 04 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-04T05:00:00Z <em>The Wolfpack</em>, <em>Dope</em>: American experiences, oddities <em>The Wolfpack</em> is a documentary about seven children who were locked away for many years in an apartment in a public housing project in Manhattan. Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-03T05:00:00Z <em>Voodoo</em>, a Harlem Renaissance opera, revived in New York H. Lawrence Freeman (1869-1954) was active as a composer, conductor and teacher, but his work was rarely performed during his lifetime. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-02T05:00:00Z The Apu Trilogy: “Art wedded to truth must, in the end, have its rewards” Indian director Satyajit Ray’s cinematic masterwork, The Apu Trilogy has been meticulously restored by Janus Films and is currently screening in North American cinemas. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-29T05:00:00Z <em>Redeployment</em>: Phil Klay’s short stories about the Iraq War only go so far The new collection makes certain telling observations about the experiences of American Marines and others who invaded and occupied Iraq. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-25T05:00:00Z Julie Taymor’s <em>A Midsummer Night’s Dream</em> The film was made during a run of Taymor’s version of Shakespeare’s play at the Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn in 2013-14. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-24T05:00:00Z