Arts Review <em>Michael Moore in TrumpLand</em> grovels in praise of Hillary Clinton With his latest effort, Moore emerges as a chief promoter of the favored candidate of Wall Street and the Pentagon. Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-10-27T05:00:00Z Nick Hedges’s photographs reveal what Britain’s slums were like in the 1960s and 1970s In Hedges’s words: “Adequate housing is the basis of a civilised urban society. … The photographs should allow us to celebrate progress, yet all they can do is haunt us with a sense of failure.” Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-10-25T05:00:00Z <em>The Magnificent Seven</em>: Hollywood remakes and the problem of diminishing returns The film, a remake of the 1960 original, tells the story of a band of hired guns who defend a small town from marauders. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-10-24T05:00:00Z Does Bob Dylan deserve to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature? Comparisons of the singer with Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and Herman Melville are out of place and also beside the point. In the end, it will not do Bob Dylan any good to be placed in such company. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-10-21T05:00:00Z The false friends of Peter Weiss, German dramatist, filmmaker and novelist Central to Peter Weiss’s work were the seminal experiences of the twentieth century––the crimes of fascism, the October Revolution and its subsequent betrayal by the Stalinist bureaucracy. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-10-20T05:00:00Z <em>The Dressmaker</em>, <em>The Girl on the Train</em>: The “return of the native” and other issues In <em>The Dressmaker</em>, the art of beautifying the human body is the weapon of choice to vanquish intolerance and ignorance. <em>The Girl on the Train</em> is a murder mystery centered around a New York City suburb. Sat, 15 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-10-15T05:00:00Z <em>Sami Blood</em> from Sweden, <em>Werewolf</em> from Canada, <em>Park</em> from Greece: Society’s cruelty to its youngest members Amanda Kernell’s <em>Sami Blood</em>, from Sweden, is not an easy film to watch. It was also one of the most moving and authentic films shown in Toronto this year. Wed, 05 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-10-05T05:00:00Z <em>Ma’ Rosa</em> from the Philippines: Small-time drug dealers set upon by the police The 14th film from Filipino director Brillante Mendoza was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and earlier premiered at Cannes. Wed, 05 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-10-05T05:00:00Z Clint Eastwood’s <em>Sully</em>: The “Miracle on the Hudson” dramatized Eastwood directs a fictional version of the January 2009 incident in which pilot Chesley Sullenberger landed a commuter jet in the Hudson River, saving the lives of 155 passengers and crew. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-09-28T05:00:00Z How well does filmmaking reflect present-day life? This year’s Toronto International Film Festival screened some 400 feature and short films from 83 countries at 1,200 public screenings. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-09-27T05:00:00Z <em>Leonardo da Vinci–The Genius in Milan</em>: The marketing of genius The film is being distributed in over 50 countries this year and comes out of the largest exhibition ever mounted in Italy of the work of the great polymath, Leonardo da Vinci. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-09-23T05:00:00Z Young Euro Classic: International music festival in shadow of European Union crisis The summer music festival was held in Berlin for the seventeenth time and attracted an audience of 26,000 to the Berlin concert hall at the Gendarmenmarkt. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-09-19T05:00:00Z <em>Miss Sharon Jones!</em> Barbara Kopple’s documentary Veteran documentarian Barbara Kopple has returned with a lively and inspiring film about soul singer Sharon Jones and her battle with pancreatic cancer. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-09-12T05:00:00Z <em>Jason Bourne</em> again The latest entry in the Bourne series of spy films finds the former CIA assassin taking on the agency in a “post-Snowden world.” Tue, 06 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-09-06T05:00:00Z <em>War Dogs</em>: Cry havoc? Or what exactly? Based on a true story about two young arms dealers who defrauded the US government out of millions, the film is a coarse yet oddly sanitized version of a little-known episode of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mon, 05 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-09-05T05:00:00Z Comic actor Gene Wilder: 1933–2016 Although his work in film ended more than 25 years ago, Wilder will be long remembered for the humor and humanity he displayed in films like <em>Young Frankenstein</em>. Thu, 01 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-09-01T05:00:00Z <em>Southside With You</em>: An insufferable account of the Obamas’ first date This fictionalized account of the first date between Barack and Michelle Obama in 1989 presents a racialized view of society served up with a large side of banality. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-08-31T05:00:00Z “Political art” in New York City this summer While much of the artwork is as yet unsatisfying, it is welcome that many of these visual artists are registering awareness of the social and political crisis. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-08-29T05:00:00Z <em>Anthropoid</em>: A film looks at 1942 assassination of Nazi chief Reinhard Heydrich The new movie remains on the level of a violent action film, avoiding a more probing look at the Holocaust. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-08-26T05:00:00Z “That little space between a smile and a tear” The Belgian-born multi-instrumental jazz musician became widely known for his virtuosic harmonica playing. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-08-25T05:00:00Z A portrait of photographer Robert Frank <em>Don’t Blink––Robert Frank</em>, is a very personal and generally engaging documentary of the life and career of the acclaimed photographer and filmmaker. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-08-20T05:00:00Z Season 3 of Netflix’s <em>BoJack Horseman</em>: Hollywoo(d) and mental illness Netflix’s original animated series <em>BoJack Horseman</em> manages to provide a comedic yet thoughtful look at the entertainment industry and the psychic damage it inflicts. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-08-15T05:00:00Z <em>Café Society</em>: Woody Allen’s love letter to the wealthy and famous The film, set in the 1930s, takes its title from legendary clubs in Manhattan that welcomed black and white artists and performers. Unfortunately, the film is the opposite of everything those clubs stood for. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-08-12T05:00:00Z <em>Sleeping Giant</em>: Deception and lies about the “new” working class A new book by Demos editor Tamara Draut seeks to refurbish the Democratic Party and the trade unions by promoting identity politics. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-08-11T05:00:00Z Turkish regime imprisons and harasses artists, journalists and academics after coup attempt In the aftermath of the July 15 attempted coup, the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has imprisoned artists, banned books and frozen academic relations with other countries. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-08-08T05:00:00Z <em>Lady Dynamite</em> and other Netflix comedies A number of new comedies on Netflix offer mixed results. Sat, 06 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-08-06T05:00:00Z <em>All Quiet on the Western Front</em>: A generation haunted by war Erich Maria Remarque’s seminal work, <em>All Quiet on the Western Front</em>, deals with a generation thrown into World War I and the confusion and depression of those who survived. Fri, 05 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-08-05T05:00:00Z A comment on the recent San Diego Comic-Con International The convention attracts over 150,000 people each year to attend panels, workshops and events celebrating comic books and science fiction. What does this say about the official culture? Thu, 04 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-08-04T05:00:00Z HBO’s <em>Veep</em>: Lots of profanity, but not enough of what’s truly ugly The popular HBO television comedy stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, a hopelessly inept and unprincipled US vice president who ascends to the presidency. Tue, 02 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-08-02T05:00:00Z <em>Captain Fantastic</em>: An anti-establishment superhero? Writer-director Matt Ross’s film is a semi-anarchistic tale about a family’s “off-the-grid” existence in the Pacific Northwest. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-30T05:00:00Z Bitterly Divided: The South’s Inner Civil War A 2008 book by Professor David Williams provides a mountain of evidence refuting the claim that the recent film <em>Free State of Jones</em>, directed by Gary Ross, presented “a quasi-historical” approach to the American Civil War and social conflict in the Confederacy. Tue, 26 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-26T05:00:00Z Netflix’s <em>Orange is the New Black</em>, season 4: Does the positive outweigh the negative? The fourth season of the Netflix series <em>Orange is the New Black</em>, the comedy-drama set in a fictional women’s federal prison, is now available. Tue, 26 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-26T05:00:00Z <em>Our Kind of Traitor</em>: Going with the current <em>Our Kind of Traitor</em>, a British spy thriller directed by Susanna White, is based on the 2010 novel of the same name by John le Carré, the veteran novelist. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-21T05:00:00Z <em>Wiener-Dog</em>: Todd Solondz continues to look critically at American life The new film comprises four stories, loosely linked by the presence of a “wiener-dog” (dachshund). Each has at least one or more satirical, telling moments or elements. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-20T05:00:00Z Musician-singer M.I.A dropped from Afropunk festival for criticizing Black Lives Matter M.I.A. has every right to criticize Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar, who travel in privileged circles around the Obamas and other leading Democratic Party figures. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-18T05:00:00Z A tribute to German Sinto musician Häns’che Weiss In addition to a remarkable command of his instrument, guitarist Häns’che Weiss was distinguished by his thrilling musicality. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-16T05:00:00Z The life and career of Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami The Iranian director will be best remembered and long honored for the series of feature films, including documentaries, that he made between 1987 and 1997. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-14T05:00:00Z An interview with Victoria Bynum, historian and author of <em>The Free State of Jones</em>—Part 2 This is the second part of a conversation with Victoria Bynum, whose research helped inspire the film <em>Free State of Jones</em>, about an insurrection by Southern Unionists against the Confederacy during the Civil War. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-13T05:00:00Z <em>The Mare</em> by Mary Gaitskill: Attention to social inequality—in her own way In her new novel, Gaitskill focuses on a poor Dominican teenager from New York City, the suburban family she lives with during the summer and her experiences relating to a particularly abused horse. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-12T05:00:00Z “Cinema has the potential to make us richer in spirit”—filmmaker Paul Cox (1940–2016) Cox directed over 40 dramatic features and documentaries—the overwhelming majority on paper-thin budgets—during his more than forty-year career. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-11T05:00:00Z Michael Cimino, director of <em>The Deer Hunter</em> and <em>Heaven’s Gate</em>, dead at 77 Cimino is best known as the director of <em>The Deer Hunter</em> (1978), which won numerous Academy Awards, and <em>Heaven’s Gate</em> (1980), which was denounced by leading critics, lost a great deal of money and severely damaged Cimino’s career. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-07T05:00:00Z Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley dead at 89 Ralph Stanley led one of the most remarkable groups in Bluegrass music and was among the genre’s greatest banjo players and singers. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-07-06T05:00:00Z <em>Free State of Jones</em>: Three cheers! Gary Ross’s film is a fictional account of an intriguing, but little known chapter in American history. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-06-28T05:00:00Z <em>25 April</em>: Animated documentary on New Zealand’s role in the Gallipoli invasion The film shows the horrors of war but fails to challenge the nationalist mythology surrounding the Anzacs. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-06-25T05:00:00Z Alf Sjöberg’s <em>Miss Julie</em> (1951) and G. W. Pabst’s <em>The Threepenny Opera</em> (1931): Films worth noting … and seeing Swedish filmmaker Alf Sjöberg’s <em>Miss Julie</em> is based on the play by August Strindberg. Austrian filmmaker G.W. Pabst’s film <em>The Threepenny Opera</em> is an intricate movie version of the legendary Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill work. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-06-23T05:00:00Z <em>Toyen</em>: A film about the Czech surrealist painter and her times Czech director Jan Němec, who died in March 2016, made a film about the surrealist painter Toyen in 2005, which is now available. The film is intriguing and sometimes deeply moving. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-06-18T05:00:00Z <em>The Nice Guys</em>: Something, but not very much <em>The Nice Guys</em> is set in 1977 and follows the investigation into a disappearance, which turns out to be part of a broader conspiracy. <em>Sunset Song</em> and <em>The Idol</em> have recently opened in movie theaters in the US. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-06-17T05:00:00Z Again on Don DeLillo’s <em>Zero K</em>: How does a novel turn toward social life? Don DeLillo’s latest novel, about the determination of a small group of wealthy individuals to have their bodies cryogenically preserved, is worth our attention. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-06-13T05:00:00Z <em>The Lobster</em>: Relationships forced on—or forbidden—people In Yorgos Lanthimos’ film, individuals without a mate are sent to a “hotel” where they have 45 days to find a partner or be turned into an animal. Then, there are those who escape. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-06-11T05:00:00Z HBO’s <em>All the Way</em>: Lyndon B. Johnson and the civil rights movement HBO’s <em>All the Way</em> is a serious effort, devoid of contemporary identity politics, to portray a significant moment in American history. Fri, 10 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-06-10T05:00:00Z Right-wing Polish government revives effort to extradite Roman Polanski The new attempt by the Polish government to extradite Polanski is the latest chapter in the US government’s vindictive pursuit of the filmmaker. Thu, 09 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-06-09T05:00:00Z <em>Love &amp; Friendship</em>: An early Jane Austen work adapted In England in 1790, Lady Susan Vernon, widowed and penniless, schemes to reverse her fortunes. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-06-08T05:00:00Z Night without end: Don DeLillo’s <em>Zero K</em> American author Don DeLillo’s 17th novel is a dark story about the determination of a small group of wealthy individuals to have their bodies cryogenically preserved. Tue, 07 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-06-07T05:00:00Z Anohni speaks on war, inequality and Obama The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> spoke to Anohni about her new album. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-06-06T05:00:00Z Anohni’s <em>Hopelessness</em>: A protest against war, drone bombings and more Anohni is the British-born, American transgender singer formerly known as Antony Hegarty who released five albums under the name Antony and the Johnsons. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-06-06T05:00:00Z HBO’s “Girls”: What should the voice of this generation say? Praise for Lena Dunham’s “Girls” generally lauds its “frankness” and “realism” about the unpleasant, even ugly, aspects of life for American youth. Fri, 03 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-06-03T05:00:00Z 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