Why No Actress in Her Right Mind Would Play Hillary Clinton

Have you been following the casting misadventures of Rodham, the upcoming film that follows Hillary Clinton’s early days as a staffer for the House Judiciary Committee? If so, you’re not the only one. Last week, Hollywood.com asked “Why Doesn’t Anybody Want to Play Hillary Clinton?” It’s a terrific question, although it’s a shame they didn’t…

“Man of Steel”: An Immigration Allegory

The character of Superman presents an unusual challenge in the post-9/11 era of superheroes. We like our superheroes tortured and conflicted now, as a reflection of America’s uncertain place on the world stage. But historically, Superman has never had such inner conflict. To the contrary, he is more of a hokey do-gooder than a tortured…

The Plague Dogs – Revival of a Masterpiece

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you have probably noticed my passion for animal advocacy creeping into some of my posts. In general, I try to keep my perspective on these issues out of this space, but I have not always been successful at it. Still, I welcome guest posts on any…

“The East” Does More Harm Than Good to the Green Movement

The creators of The East, especially star and co-writer Brit Marling, have been quite vocal about their intentions: they made the film to provoke discussion about the tactics of so-called “eco-terrorist” groups and about the environmental movement in general. Marling’s heart is surely in the right place: several years ago, the struggling actress spent a…

Casting Call: The 2012 Republican Field

Last week, we cast the lead role in Double Down, the upcoming sequel to HBO’s Game Change that will focus on the 2012 Republican presidential primaries. In our poll, the readers spoke loud and clear: Bruce Campbell should get the nod. But now the fun is really beginning. The rest of the Republican field is…

“Before Midnight” and the New Romantic Role Model

For those who complain that Hollywood burdens us with an unrealistic view of love, we now have an antidote in Before Midnight, perhaps the first anti-romantic comedy. Whereas most romantic movies end at the first kiss, this film shows us what happens after the fantasy ends and reality begins. By design, it is less enjoyable…