Arts Review http://www.wsws.org/topics/site_area/arts/ Bioshock Infinite and the video game phenomenon http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/17/bios-a17.html The third in the <em>Bioshock</em> series of popular video games, <em>Infinite</em> follows thematically in the footsteps of its predecessors. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5b9bfb87-6b36-4d36-9234-830bf8b3537L/bios-a17.html 2014-04-17T05:00:00Z <em>Captain America—The Winter Soldier</em>: So much noise and action you almost fall asleep http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/15/capt-a15.html This is the latest film installment featuring Marvel Comics’ character Captain America, one of the most prominent and patriotic superheroes introduced in American comic books in the World War II era. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7118dfa3-4cc5-4dae-bae1-18c7b33e1deA/capt-a15.html 2014-04-15T05:00:00Z New York City radio drive collects 2,500 musical instruments for public school students http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/14/musi-a14.html The used instruments were accumulated in a ten-day drive conducted by classical station WQXR that ended on April 7. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d132e41a-592f-41d0-89aa-48c5663e789F/musi-a14.html 2014-04-14T05:00:00Z A concert of twentieth century masterworks by Britten, Bartók and Shostakovich http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/11/phil-a11.html The program performed April 2 by the New York Philharmonic was a powerful demonstration of the heights reached by classical music in the first half of the last century. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/417139cd-245a-4b1d-b79f-c85b184f7c2N/phil-a11.html 2014-04-11T05:00:00Z Artistic resistance to the US-backed juntas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/10/arte-a10.html The exhibition, presented in Madrid in 2012 and recently in Lima, Peru, is a fascinating compilation of works from the 1980s that voiced opposition to the militarized regimes in Latin America. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5331c54a-fde0-4a11-aa1b-1a1130fe846I/arte-a10.html 2014-04-10T05:00:00Z WSWS arts editor David Walsh speaks at The New School in New York City http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/09/wals-a09.html The lecture was a part of the tour to promote the new book, <em>The Sky Between the Leaves</em>, a selection of film reviews, interviews and essays on cinema and cultural issues. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e5335bc0-05cc-4e1f-8a1c-a89d80c98abD/wals-a09.html 2014-04-09T05:00:00Z <em>A Permanent Member of the Family</em>: Responses to trying and frustrating times—short stories by Russell Banks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/09/bank-a09.html In recent years, novelist Russell Banks has shifted his focus to upstate New York, where he lives, making it the locale of many of the stories in this interesting new volume. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5526d447-011b-42e5-b7d5-62efb327bb0F/bank-a09.html 2014-04-09T05:00:00Z Mickey Rooney, popular film star of the 1930s and 1940s, dies http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/08/roon-a08.html Longtime film, television and stage actor Mickey Rooney died on Sunday at the age of 93. Rooney was one of the most popular American movie stars in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f44c60d4-1da3-4948-95fb-67cf661e7fcA/roon-a08.html 2014-04-08T05:00:00Z More artworks discovered in Salzburg: Second Act in the Gurlitt case http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/07/nazi-a07.html The affair surrounding Cornelius Gurlitt, son of Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, has taken a new turn with the discovery of 238 more artworks hidden in Gurlitt’s Salzburg house. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f2165bd8-9b85-4b9f-a000-f4615fa4cf5E/nazi-a07.html 2014-04-07T05:00:00Z San Diego Opera closure announcement meets with widespread opposition http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/07/sdop-a07.html The recent decision to shut down the San Diego Opera Company after 49 seasons has evoked widespread popular outrage, with more than 20,000 signatures gathered in opposition to the closure. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3ae241b9-82ab-4bdf-900e-2fb1d82a0ddN/sdop-a07.html 2014-04-07T05:00:00Z <em>Beautification</em>: An exhibition by Sri Lankan artist Chandraguptha Thenuwara http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/04/then-a04.html Thenuwara’s show partially revealed a post-war Sri Lanka reality that the government wants to hide. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/117a9816-97af-4fa6-9c0c-51477fb3d4fI/then-a04.html 2014-04-04T05:00:00Z Jason Bateman’s <em>Bad Words</em>: An inauspicious debut http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/03/badw-a03.html Actor-director Jason Bateman plays Guy Trilby, a petulant, miserable 40-year-old who breaks into the spelling bee circuit by taking advantage of a loophole in the rules. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7d91f36c-4812-4188-a1cb-e283a3a4e93N/badw-a03.html 2014-04-03T05:00:00Z David Walsh continues book tour at Cornell University http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/01/itha-a01.html WSWS arts editor David Walsh discussed problems of art, culture, and cinema at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on March 27. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/49b9f767-cacd-4bf5-9430-ef69e0bd0ecK/itha-a01.html 2014-04-01T05:00:00Z <em>Finding Vivian Maier</em>: A brief comment … http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/28/maie-m28.html The subject of this documentary is American photographer Vivian Maier (1926-2009), who made virtually no efforts to publish her remarkable photos during her lifetime. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e143414c-8a7d-462a-91d8-7674a0e6e04G/maie-m28.html 2014-03-28T05:00:00Z <em>Divergent</em>: A different sort of dystopia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/27/dive-m27.html <em>Divergent</em>, billed as the “next <em>Hunger Games</em>,” offers greater depth. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ae3cd1c6-60cd-46fa-b518-3d5db1e3ef7B/dive-m27.html 2014-03-27T05:00:00Z <em>The Grand Budapest Hotel</em> from Wes Anderson http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/25/buda-m25.html <em>The Grand Budapest Hotel</em> is a stylish, fantastical film, sometimes comic and sometimes tragic in its re-imagining of the period between the two world wars and the emergence of fascistic forces in Europe. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/89d9b1b1-4f6e-409f-bfff-f1f169034fdO/buda-m25.html 2014-03-25T05:00:00Z Charlie Chaplin’s <em>The Gold Rush</em> comes to Lexington, Kentucky http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/24/gold-m24.html On March 14, the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied a showing of Charlie Chaplin’s classic film <em>The Gold Rush</em> in Kentucky. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6d02ae12-7e7c-4e34-ba52-dd2b4c7951eN/gold-m24.html 2014-03-24T05:00:00Z Moscow weighs the fate of historic Shukhov radio tower http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/19/towr-m19.html The Shukhov radio tower, a symbol of the revolutionary aspirations of the early Soviet Union and a technical marvel, is threatened by profit-hungry real estate speculators in central Moscow. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1213b753-f3c2-49f0-bc05-d8067413e45M/towr-m19.html 2014-03-19T05:00:00Z Australian government threatens arts funding following Sydney Biennale protest over refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/17/sbie-m17.html Attorney-General George Brandis demanded new arts funding protocols following the Biennale’s decision to end a funding deal with Transfield, a refugee camp contractor. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d0c33303-0edb-44bc-bb4d-4e3a24fd006I/sbie-m17.html 2014-03-17T05:00:00Z Drive-by Truckers release new album, <em>English Oceans</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/10/dbtr-m10.html The Southern alternative-country group has set high standards after 18 years of making music—but they have not outdone themselves on their newest release. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f6bb0976-2d62-4610-a387-b31b4350f90A/dbtr-m10.html 2014-03-10T05:00:00Z <em>Tim’s Vermeer</em>: Art and technology http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/08/verm-m08.html The intriguing documentary centers on the attempt by Texas inventor Tim Jenison to explore the possibility that painter Johannes Vermeer used optical devices to help achieve his intricate interweaving of light, color and proportion. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/37fca1fd-86aa-452a-b476-ca8dda40fe3O/verm-m08.html 2014-03-08T05:00:00Z Art and commerce: Austrian documentary <em>The Great Museum</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/07/bff6-m07.html Austrian director Johannes Holzhausen’s film is a fond, and at the same time scathing documentary about the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) in Vienna. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1f408d2f-702d-426a-a2c3-9e1a85ab532N/bff6-m07.html 2014-03-07T05:00:00Z <em>Age of Cannibals</em> and <em>Amma and Appa</em>: Two sides of globalisation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/05/ber5-m05.html German films were well represented at this year’s Berlin film festival, with no less than four productions screened in the festival competition programme alone. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fc72ae89-9609-4fef-889d-6f70c74ed2fH/ber5-m05.html 2014-03-05T05:00:00Z <em>The Past</em> from Iran’s Asghar Farhadi: Something of a disappointment http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/05/past-m05.html <em>The Past</em> takes place in Paris. Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) arrives from Tehran to finalize a divorce from his French wife, Marie (Bérénice Bejo, The Artist ), after a four-year separation. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8e91dec0-f6c7-4123-8558-2bcbb43aa75F/past-m05.html 2014-03-05T05:00:00Z 2014 Academy Awards: Life versus the film industry http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/04/acad-m04.html Sunday’s awards ceremony in Hollywood was undistinguished for the most part by excitement, urgency or social insight. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eb0de8df-1778-4d87-a0d2-941e920eca2F/acad-m04.html 2014-03-04T05:00:00Z Between faith and the striving for truth: German films in competition at the Berlinale http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/28/bff4-f28.html German films were well represented at this year’s Berlin film festival, with no less than four productions screened in the festival competition programme alone. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/96b47ead-3971-4341-8a99-f55f061da9eM/bff4-f28.html 2014-02-28T05:00:00Z <em>We Come as Friends</em> and <em>Run Boy Run</em>: Two more films that take a serious approach http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/26/ber3-f26.html Hubert Sauper’s documentary examines the record of Western intervention in Africa, while Pepe Danquart’s fiction film recounts the experience of a fatherless Jewish boy in wartime Poland. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/34cf25a5-d93b-417d-a770-0ba1aefa91eO/ber3-f26.html 2014-02-26T05:00:00Z A serious approach to history: <em>Non-Fiction Diary</em> by South Korea’s Jung Yoon-suk http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/24/berl-f24.html A refreshingly serious approach to history is taken by South Korean filmmaker Jung Yoon-suk in his new documentary, <em>Non-Fiction Diary</em>, which deservedly won a prize at the 64th Berlinale. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3aae9219-e710-491d-8161-126983968c3E/berl-f24.html 2014-02-24T05:00:00Z <em>House of Cards</em>, season 2: The American politician as conspirator and murderer http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/21/hous-f21.html The second season of <em>House of Cards</em>, the series produced by Netflix, reveals more of the exploits of Frank Underwood, Democratic Party vice president and chief conspirator. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f319372e-9bf6-4716-8365-43ebe304698C/hous-f21.html 2014-02-21T05:00:00Z Spanish artist sued for insulting fascist dictator Franco http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/17/fran-f17.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> spoke to Spanish artist Eugenio Merino, who is being sued by the National Francisco Franco Foundation for offending the honour of the fascist dictator. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3a013089-18d6-4bb0-86b8-6cc034cd9baJ/fran-f17.html 2014-02-17T05:00:00Z <em>The Monuments Men</em>: An establishment film, in almost every way http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/11/monu-f11.html George Clooney’s new film is the story of a squad of art experts serving in the US and Allied military who, toward the end of World War II, attempt to rescue art masterpieces stolen by the Nazis. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/870945a6-afe1-47bf-aa79-621b446e502N/monu-f11.html 2014-02-11T05:00:00Z Portuguese government tries to auction 85 works by Joan Miró http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/08/miro-f08.html Portugal’s right-wing government is attempting to sell off works of art rightfully belonging to the Portuguese people. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/120171f0-cdbe-4bcf-b092-636e0542d97I/miro-f08.html 2014-02-08T05:00:00Z Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/03/hoff-f03.html Philip Seymour Hoffman, the award-winning American film and stage actor, has died of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 46. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/263bdc27-9723-43ec-9b56-4c1155c9bbfF/hoff-f03.html 2014-02-03T05:00:00Z Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski revisited: <em>Camera Buff</em> (1979) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/03/came-f03.html There are issues and problems associated with both periods—before and after Stalinism—of Kieślowski’s work. However, particularly in his earlier works one finds a sincere attempt to portray social reality. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b1c8ef98-f129-4524-bfa1-05acb905948A/came-f03.html 2014-02-03T05:00:00Z The unknown women of Joan Fontaine (1917-2013) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/01/font-f01.html Actress Joan Fontaine, who passed away in December at the age of 96, contributed a number of remarkable performances to Hollywood films of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4b790d96-6672-41e4-bc8b-0c4ea3a2edcG/font-f01.html 2014-02-01T05:00:00Z Argentine poet Juan Gelman dies in Mexico City at 83 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/29/gelm-j29.html Argentine poet Juan Gelman died in Mexico city on January 14. Gelman was considered one of the most important Spanish-language poets, as well as a fighter against the Latin American dictatorships of the 1970s. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/009796ae-dc5c-4edd-ad14-1c1321b1693B/gelm-j29.html 2014-01-29T05:00:00Z The political and theoretical sources of <em>The Sky Between the Leaves</em>—Part 2 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/28/sky2-j28.html WSWS arts editor David Walsh gave a talk in Detroit recently to SEP members and supporters to mark the publication of <em>The Sky Between the Leaves</em>. This is the second of two parts. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/78d0e7c1-1ec9-408c-b381-00c2070dcb6E/sky2-j28.html 2014-01-28T05:00:00Z The political and theoretical sources of <em>The Sky Between the Leaves</em>—Part 1 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/27/sky1-j27.html WSWS arts editor David Walsh gave a talk in Detroit recently to SEP members and supporters to mark the publication of <em>The Sky Between the Leaves</em>. This is the first of two parts. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/63b1f75e-2cf9-4786-9906-9c1d3798a45J/sky1-j27.html 2014-01-27T05:00:00Z <em>August: Osage County</em> and <em>Lone Survivor</em>: Sound and fury signifying not too much…and a celebration of the US military http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/22/osag-j22.html John Wells’s film is a star-studded, “timeless” family drama set in rural Oklahoma; Peter Berg’s effort is a reprehensible tribute to American military death squads. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7eec5c7f-de6c-4b94-875c-7902934b2b1L/osag-j22.html 2014-01-22T05:00:00Z 2014 Academy Award nominations: Very few bright spots http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/18/acad-j18.html The Academy Award nominations were announced January 16 at a press conference at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1d06d3ef-a917-42cf-9052-01edd979eb7A/acad-j18.html 2014-01-18T05:00:00Z <em>The Blacklist</em> and <em>White Collar</em>: Once again, excusing the inexcusable http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/17/blac-j17.html With varying levels of style and blood-thirstiness, two more US television series seek to excuse the ongoing attacks on constitutional rights. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/942dfda7-563f-4605-bc15-05b2f2b6f87M/blac-j17.html 2014-01-17T05:00:00Z German writer Georg Büchner: 200 years since his birth—Part 5 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/16/buc5-j16.html An exhibition opened in Darmstadt, Germany, in October 2013 that centres on the life and work of the great writer, revolutionary and scientist Georg Büchner. This is the fifth and final part of a series. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4b0498cf-b7ea-428f-b1e4-8ba24fe246fP/buc5-j16.html 2014-01-16T05:00:00Z <em>Her</em>: A lonely man falls in love with his computer http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/15/jonz-j15.html The new film, <em>Her</em>, is writer-director Spike Jonze’s fourth feature film, following <em>Being John Malkovich</em> (1999), <em>Adaptation</em> (2002) and <em>Where the Wild Things Are</em> (2009). Wed, 15 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/75de2e59-4fa5-48d7-bb13-ea9071a94a8B/jonz-j15.html 2014-01-15T05:00:00Z German writer Georg Büchner: 200 years since his birth—Part 4 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/15/buch-j15.html An exhibition opened in Darmstadt, Germany, in October 2013 that centres on the life and work of the great writer, revolutionary and scientist Georg Büchner. This is the fourth part of a series. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1ed4c82a-10db-4919-92ff-7b984b8a066E/buch-j15.html 2014-01-15T05:00:00Z German writer Georg Büchner: 200 years since his birth—Part 3 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/14/buch-j14.html An exhibition opened in Darmstadt, Germany in October 2013 that centres on the life and work of the great writer, revolutionary and scientist Georg Büchner. This is the third part of a series. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/218a2113-2d06-407d-a2ba-6ba57fc5cfdF/buch-j14.html 2014-01-14T05:00:00Z German writer Georg Büchner: 200 years since his birth—Part 2 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/13/buch-j13.html An exhibition opened in Darmstadt, Germany in October 2013 that centres on the life and work of the great writer, revolutionary and scientist Georg Büchner. This is the second part of a series. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/99c8b411-221e-4c10-a290-11bfa9f4a03E/buch-j13.html 2014-01-13T05:00:00Z German writer Georg Büchner: 200 years since his birth—Part 1 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/11/buch-j11.html An exhibition opened in Darmstadt, Germany in October 2013 that centres on the life and work of the great writer, revolutionary and scientist Georg Büchner. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9b3dc45f-06f0-4332-a519-c6e3553d37bB/buch-j11.html 2014-01-11T05:00:00Z <em>Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom</em>: A film largely without history or even politics http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/10/mand-j10.html Director Justin Chadwick has taken a shallow, unserious approach in <em>Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom</em>, focusing on Nelson Mandela’s personal life and using his public activities as a mere backdrop. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/186253c1-a716-4dc4-a0be-134909838fcG/mand-j10.html 2014-01-10T05:00:00Z Frank Wess, Chico Hamilton, Yusef Lateef: A tribute to three important jazz musicians http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/08/jazz-j08.html These great, although lesser-known figures in jazz, who died in the last few months of 2013, left a legacy of beautiful music. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f6e6dd5b-eb56-48a3-8643-2a1f4f0fcf3F/jazz-j08.html 2014-01-08T06:00:00Z An appreciation of Phil Everly and the Everly Brothers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/07/ever-j07.html Singer Phil Everly, one half of the early Rock ‘n’ Roll duo The Everly Brothers, has died at the age of 74. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/33df7262-b190-40b0-b5fe-806434242cbB/ever-j07.html 2014-01-07T06:00:00Z David O. Russell’s <em>American Hustle</em>: Nearly everybody gets a free pass http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/06/hust-j06.html David O. Russell’s new movie is loosely based on the “Abscam” sting operation conducted by the FBI in the late 1970s and early 1980s, which led to the conviction of one US senator, six members of the House of Representatives and the mayor of Camden, New Jersey. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2dfdbd8f-5d5b-41b7-8292-1b32e2d09d1E/hust-j06.html 2014-01-06T05:00:00Z <em>Fallout</em>: Documentary about <em>On the Beach</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/04/fall-j04.html A recent documentary on a best-selling 1950s novel and Hollywood movie about the nuclear destruction of humanity contains fascinating material but fails to explore current geo-political realities. Sat, 04 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4efaeedf-f480-4ef0-be3e-896ca2341fdP/fall-j04.html 2014-01-04T05:00:00Z The <em>Secret Life of Walter Mitty</em>: James Thurber’s short story remade http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/03/mitt-j03.html Ben Stiller’s new version of James Thurber’s 1939 short story, <em>The Secret Life of Walter Mitty</em>, fails to hit the mark. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dc2a949f-cb26-4e78-bdda-096f03997daN/mitt-j03.html 2014-01-03T05:00:00Z Best films of 2013 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/31/best-d31.html The commercial cinema still shows virtually no interest in the lives and conditions of some 95 percent of the world’s population. However, more interesting and compelling work also makes an appearance. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2792dce6-537c-4e8c-9406-0311a6e8acfC/best-d31.html 2013-12-31T06:00:00Z <em>The Wolf of Wall Street</em>: Why should we admire such figures? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/30/wolf-d30.html Martin Scorsese’s new film treats the career of convicted stock swindler and con artist Jordan Belfort, who benefited from the rise of financial gangsterism in the US to make a fortune in the late 1980s and 1990s. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0a32efc3-6cd0-46b6-a5a7-8599dc429baK/wolf-d30.html 2013-12-30T05:00:00Z The year in music: Favorite recordings of 2013 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/27/musi-d27.html <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> music writers pick their favorite pop and jazz recordings of 2013. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/52116c3c-d164-405b-ab86-158c0137015K/musi-d27.html 2013-12-27T05:00:00Z Locked out Minnesota Orchestra musicians take independent steps http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/24/lock-d24.html As of January 1, the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will have been locked out of Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis, a publicly owned facility, for fifteen months. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/174525b7-615f-44f0-82e8-1343fe3e55fH/lock-d24.html 2013-12-24T06:00:00Z “I will stir the smooth sands of monotony:” Peter O’Toole, 1932-2013 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/23/otoo-d23.html Actor Peter O’Toole, one of the remarkable film and stage actors of his generation, died December 14 at 81. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1270b290-bf05-4b18-9a5d-ae2ffe3dc44E/otoo-d23.html 2013-12-23T05:00:00Z <em>Philomena</em>: Crime and forgiveness http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/20/phil-d20.html Stephen Frears’ new film deals with the Magdalene asylums, which operated in Ireland and other countries where the Catholic Church had a strong influence from the 18th well into the 20th centuries. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/11b045e5-dd4a-4d3d-a753-16d16fc247eC/phil-d20.html 2013-12-20T05:00:00Z The Crime Films of Anthony Mann: A comment and a conversation with the author—Part 2 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/19/man2-d19.html The early film work of American director Anthony Mann, a major figure of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, is the subject of a new book. This is the second of two parts. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/77bbb145-7e4d-4d8c-9f1e-c982baca3b5H/man2-d19.html 2013-12-19T05:00:00Z The Crime Films of Anthony Mann: A comment and a conversation with the author—Part 1 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/18/man1-d18.html The early film work of American director Anthony Mann, a major figure of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, is the subject of a new book. In two parts. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a429974b-25c7-402e-9023-7d1e07badbaF/man1-d18.html 2013-12-18T05:00:00Z <em>The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug</em>: The filmmakers waste considerable talent and skill http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/17/smau-d17.html Peter Jackson directs, co-writes and co-produces the second installment of a three-part film series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s children’s fantasy book, <em>The Hobbit</em> (1937). Tue, 17 Dec 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/10dd0460-399f-46cd-ab41-5fcbe744007E/smau-d17.html 2013-12-17T06:00:00Z Letters from our readers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/17/corr-d17.html A selection of recent letters to the <em>World Socialist Web Site</em>. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c77df611-7289-4831-9b41-a3b34ad9ae6F/corr-d17.html 2013-12-17T06:00:00Z <em>The Book Thief</em>: The Nazis and the assault, then and now, on culture http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/16/thie-d16.html Brian Percival’s movie deals in part with the horrors of the Kristallnacht period and is an effective reminder of the impact of Nazi atrocities on everyday life. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/74f1093c-fc7b-41bc-8d7e-f34a7cbedf3H/thie-d16.html 2013-12-16T05:00:00Z Paganini or <em>The Devil’s Violinist</em>? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/14/paga-d14.html Bernard Rose’s Paganini biopic focuses too much on audience frenzy and not enough on the genuine artistic abilities of the great virtuoso. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/69f44946-7796-4f74-883a-041bdaa171fE/paga-d14.html 2013-12-14T05:00:00Z <em>Art Turning Left</em> at the Tate Liverpool: An ambitious but problematic collection of “left-wing” art http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/13/tate-d13.html <em>Art Turning Left</em> exhibits many interesting works, but the last 200 years of “left” art are presented as an undifferentiated and unbroken continuum of “left-wing values.” Fri, 13 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/88ffc060-7490-4adb-b6b8-cc9f6bd7801C/tate-d13.html 2013-12-13T05:00:00Z Beleaguered Minnesota Orchestra musicians nominated for Grammy award http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/12/minn-d12.html The musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, locked out and much abused by the powers that be for the last 14 months, received a Grammy award nomination December 6, their second in two years, in the Best Orchestral Performance category. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7a2dceed-e21f-4c54-a62d-cdf24c54790B/minn-d12.html 2013-12-12T05:00:00Z The Coen brothers’ <em>Inside Llewyn Davis</em>: The story of a struggling musician … but which one? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/12/davi-d12.html The memoir of the late singer and songwriter Dave Van Ronk helped inspire the latest film by Joel and Ethan Coen. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dd045adb-546c-4675-8bdd-220c5d118c1G/davi-d12.html 2013-12-12T05:00:00Z Novelist Doris Lessing (1919-2013) and the long retreat http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/09/less-d09.html Doris Lessing, the Nobel Prize winning novelist , died at age 94 in London on November 11. She produced over 50 novels and scores of short stories. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c2612bf4-48f7-48d0-87f3-b62b811fb8dK/less-d09.html 2013-12-09T05:00:00Z Alexander Payne’s <em>Nebraska</em>: How a great many people live today http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/06/nebr-d06.html The comedy-drama, shot in striking black-and-white, centers on Woody Grant of Billings, Montana, who is determined to get to Lincoln, Nebraska to claim one million dollars in a sweepstakes prize. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/44240667-cf41-40e6-bbcd-fa81bb43465J/nebr-d06.html 2013-12-06T06:00:00Z <em>Transit</em>, <em>Ilo Ilo</em> and <em>Youth</em>: Three films that rise above the average http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/04/fmex-d04.html Tokyo Filmex, founded in 2000, is a film festival that features mostly new Asian releases. The 14th Filmex, held from November 23 to December 1, presented a number of interesting films. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f3fe9081-c02c-43fd-a692-f7807a24bedG/fmex-d04.html 2013-12-04T06:00:00Z A concert of early and rare Shostakovich http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/03/shos-d03.html Works by the Soviet Russian composer for silent film and music hall are especially welcome at a performance by the Juilliard Orchestra. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7d582bd2-713b-47b7-a51e-380348e0d82F/shos-d03.html 2013-12-03T05:00:00Z Sean O’Casey’s <em>Juno and the Paycock</em> in New York City http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/02/juno-d02.html Irish playwright O’Casey’s <em>Juno and the Paycock</em>, first performed at the famed Abbey Theatre in Dublin in May 1924, is set in 1922 during the Irish Civil War. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/abf190e1-e5bb-415d-a267-eae9c712280M/juno-d02.html 2013-12-02T05:00:00Z <em>Doctor Who</em> at the half-century mark: A brief assessment http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/30/dwho-n30.html With the overarching theme that humanity is worth fighting for, Doctor Who has been embraced by audiences worldwide. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fbd7ab75-cb12-48a3-b2e3-c705fb1b0ceI/dwho-n30.html 2013-11-30T05:00:00Z Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan acknowledges longtime role as Israeli agent http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/30/poll-n30.html A recently published interview confirms a longstanding connection between Zionist espionage and a leading film producer. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/27d6efa6-5de0-4408-b162-6687ce653dbE/poll-n30.html 2013-11-30T05:00:00Z <em>Europa Report</em>: Gripping drama of manned mission to Jupiter’s moon http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/28/euro-n28.html This spare, restrained science fiction film deserves a wider audience. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bc6640b5-2659-4c5b-a64c-0f74690d6a2K/euro-n28.html 2013-11-28T05:00:00Z Will <em>The Hunger Games: Catching Fire</em> “stir up” revolution? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/27/catc-n27.html The overarching motif in the science fiction series of books and films is the emergence of Katniss Everdeen as a symbol of revolt in Panem, a post-apocalyptic North American nation ruled by a violent dictatorship. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8f9ee112-4868-4293-aa5a-6f7477acedeK/catc-n27.html 2013-11-27T06:00:00Z <em>Oxyana</em> highlights prescription drug epidemic in Appalachia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/26/oxya-n26.html The film centers on the small coal mining town of Oceana in southern West Virginia. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/415f040d-8663-4a7d-93ad-a3301a66f40O/oxya-n26.html 2013-11-26T06:00:00Z <em>Dallas Buyers Club</em>: A “cowboy” style of fighting the authorities http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/25/dall-n25.html Jean-Marc Vallée’s film is set in 1985 in Dallas, at a time when AIDS was ravaging the gay population. It concerns the fate of Ron Woodroof, who is told by doctors he is HIV-positive and has 30 days to live. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c7121d7c-2dcc-4c74-9857-d1f95f5bf33L/dall-n25.html 2013-11-25T05:00:00Z The 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/23/benj-n23.html Britten’s music stands out in the 20th century, and constitutes something of a bridge between the vibrant early decades of that century and the challenges facing classical music today. Sat, 23 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2c534806-6565-4e3c-a315-2be109d523bO/benj-n23.html 2013-11-23T05:00:00Z A new film version of Charles Dickens’ <em>Great Expectations</em>: “Those wretched hankerings after money and gentility” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/20/grea-n20.html British filmmaker Mike Newell has directed a valuable, moving adaptation of Dickens’s remarkable novel. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ebb66390-8e45-45f5-9868-a35b3682448J/grea-n20.html 2013-11-20T06:00:00Z <em>New Ocean</em> from musician Jake Bellows http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/19/ocea-n19.html Jake Bellows’ debut solo project <em>New Ocean</em> is an artist’s attempt to understand who he is and why he writes music. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/38f9bd22-e7a5-48a5-832e-a86523a7d36L/ocea-n19.html 2013-11-19T05:00:00Z Billionaire head of SAC Capital prunes his art collection http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/18/cohe-n18.html SAC Capital’s Steven Cohen, whose firm was recently fined $1.2 billion, dipped his toes into the art market last week, putting up for sale some $80 million worth of art, out of his $700 million collection. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8fa79bd8-12b4-4553-bae5-fd3ffeff4aaA/cohe-n18.html 2013-11-18T05:00:00Z <em>The Rocket</em>: Modest but sympathetic tale about Laotian villagers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/16/rock-n16.html Set in Laos’ rural north, the film centres on a 10-year-old peasant boy and the impact of a major dam development on his family. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/613872a2-824b-47a7-8ba7-7175cdc2ec6A/rock-n16.html 2013-11-16T05:00:00Z Eminem’s <em>The Marshall Mathers LP 2</em>: Unfortunately, a return to more of the same http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/15/mlp2-n15.html The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is the eighth full-length studio solo album from American rap artist Eminem. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8351ea32-3e36-40d0-9464-3d6067ac808J/mlp2-n15.html 2013-11-15T06:00:00Z <em>Avery County, I’m Bound to You</em> by Barton Carroll: Coming to terms with one’s roots http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/14/bart-n14.html In his latest album, folk musician Barton Carroll paints a picture of small-town Appalachia and its musical influence on him. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b13f30b3-7e98-4634-b554-b34b2a9465fB/bart-n14.html 2013-11-14T05:00:00Z Nazi looted art works discovered in Munich http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/13/nazi-n13.html The Augsburg state prosecutor is trying to prevent a public debate about the continuing sale of art works stolen by the Hitler regime. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5eb0a0bb-1828-4758-8985-011d5434f19A/nazi-n13.html 2013-11-13T05:00:00Z <em>Detroit Unleaded</em>: “This is the American Dream?” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/11/detr-n11.html While the film is not a head-on social critique, it is a warmhearted piece about the complicated interactions between the city’s Arab and African American populations. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/af21d8d7-0b1f-4b1e-8740-3dc6d5ec646D/detr-n11.html 2013-11-11T05:00:00Z <em>Homeland</em>, <em>Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.</em>: US television increasingly jettisons democratic rights http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/08/home-n08.html Television programming in the US is currently and disturbingly dominated by the presence of series featuring the police, intelligence and military. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/46a2ccf5-a683-47d9-b2b0-1f446eb0e17K/home-n08.html 2013-11-08T05:00:00Z School District of Philadelphia considers selling off artwork to cut deficit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/08/part-n08.html In a development that bears comparison to the crisis in Detroit, the Philadelphia schools have contemplated the sale of major works of art. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1076ef4e-0576-4ea4-b90e-45dcb33ed2bI/part-n08.html 2013-11-08T05:00:00Z Hayao Miyazaki’s <em>The Wind Rises</em>: Blocking out the rest of the world http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/07/miya-n07.html The new animated film is a mixture of striking imagery and the wrongheaded views of a disillusioned and disheartened artist. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/063992ef-e26a-45a9-8d7c-510d2d1e93eN/miya-n07.html 2013-11-07T06:00:00Z Costa Gavras’s <em>Capital</em>: A critique of “cowboy capitalism” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/06/capi-n06.html The most recent film from Greek-born director Costa-Gavras, best known for <em>Z</em> (1969), <em>State of Siege</em> (1972), and <em>Missing</em> (1982), is <em>Capital</em>, a scathing assault on the world of financial speculation. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b0d25ed9-7098-436b-9930-90e241f125bC/capi-n06.html 2013-11-06T05:00:00Z <em>Blind Dates</em> from Georgia and <em>Nobody’s Home</em> from Turkey http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/02/tok2-n02.html The recent Tokyo International Film Festival, held October 17-25, screened a number of films worth commenting on. Sat, 02 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a36909a5-cbbe-4df3-b8e2-e4d827ff4afK/tok2-n02.html 2013-11-02T05:00:00Z On the death of literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki (1920-2013): A passionate advocate of literature—Part 1 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/31/reic-o31.html Polish-born literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki was one of the most important figures in contemporary German cultural life. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/25c6062e-84c4-449d-ae58-7b66c9842f4I/reic-o31.html 2013-10-31T05:00:00Z Robert Reich’s <em>Inequality for All</em>: A friendly warning to the powers that be http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/30/ineq-o30.html Democratic Party politician Robert Reich narrates the new documentary and attempts to convince viewers it is possible to oppose social inequality within the framework of a liberal reform agenda. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/44569cae-3266-4328-80a1-8221c06cd6dD/ineq-o30.html 2013-10-30T05:00:00Z Two films from China: One is honest and sympathetic, the other is not http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/28/tok1-o28.html The recent Tokyo International Film Festival, held October 17-25, screened a number of films worth commenting on. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9e7ef28f-5855-43e7-a1b4-8a38143b8a2L/tok1-o28.html 2013-10-28T05:00:00Z Wealth and status under fire: Lorde’s <em>Pure Heroine</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/25/lord-o25.html Sixteen-year-old New Zealand pop singer Lorde places themes of social inequality front and center on her debut album <em>Pure Heroine</em>. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3dc0c5e2-1efb-4dd9-b51c-65404f8262bA/lord-o25.html 2013-10-25T05:00:00Z “The struggle to tell the truth through stories”: An interview with British film and television producer Tony Garnett—Part 2 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/24/gar2-o24.html Reporters from the WSWS sat down with Tony Garnett and asked him a number of questions about his life and career, and in particular the political and artistic conceptions that have informed his work. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/29875693-49fe-417f-967d-d1a67ab7863A/gar2-o24.html 2013-10-24T05:00:00Z “The struggle to tell the truth through stories”: An interview with British film and television producer Tony Garnett—Part 1 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/23/gar1-o23.html Reporters from the WSWS sat down with Tony Garnett and asked him a number of questions about his life and career, and in particular the political and artistic conceptions that have informed his work. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4d58591d-c8ac-46dd-bd28-6271d9c4e9aA/gar1-o23.html 2013-10-23T05:00:00Z <em>The Fifth Estate</em>: A dishonest film about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/22/fift-o22.html Despite claims by the director and others involved that the film was not conceived as an attack on Assange and WikiLeaks, it is a tendentious work promoting a definite agenda. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f19db4b7-c582-4680-adcb-7d13cdb6a6aG/fift-o22.html 2013-10-22T05:00:00Z