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When Spike Lee Talks, We Should Listen

Remember Spike Lee? The acclaimed filmmaker was once considered the preeminent film chronicler of the American black experience, but his career has taken a bizarre turn for the worse in recent years. I addressed this issue in depth in my 2012 post, How Obama Killed Spike Lee’s Career, but since then, things have only gotten…

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“12 Years a Slave” Will Be Taught in Schools

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you probably don’t need to be convinced that the movies are important. That’s the idea underlying all of our discussions here: that films and other forms of pop culture play a vital role in our society by both reflecting and affecting political, cultural, and social change.…

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Congress Needs to Stop Talking about “House of Cards”

Some news from The Hill yeseterday on the popularity of House of Cards among a certain demographic: “The popular Netflix series about a villainous congressman-turned-vice president shows a decidedly dark side to Washington, but that hasn’t kept political figure from watching it, or from using it to promote themselves. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday…

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“3 Days to Kill” is a Sleazy Delight

To explain how on earth I am giving a positive review to 3 Days to Kill, I must cite the late, great Roger Ebert. He referred to his reviewing style as “relative, not absolute,” meaning that he compared a film to others in its genre and judged it against what it was aiming for –…

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For Sale: Hollywood’s Seat in Congress

House Democrats are exiting stage left. Yes, Beltway pundits have noticed that an inordinately high number of veteran House Democrats have opted to retire this year instead of face another Congress under Republican control. The latest – and perhaps the most telling – is Rep. Henry Waxman, a 40-year veteran of the U.S. House of…