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The Wonderful Wizard of OZeroland

This column is not about citing Hollywood for lascivious solicitation on a public street. It is about the new Emerald City, Washington D.C., the metropolis of OZeroland. I herewith present a précis of my own “remake” of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Obama’s Wife Ruins the Oscars

The best Oscar being granted by a politician’s wife in Washington, DC, made a mockery of everything the movies can and ought to be, especially when the politician and wife are New Left radicals intent on destroying the nation that made making movies possible.

Movie Review: V for Vendetta

Set 20 years in the future, the flamboyant V for Vendetta is less science fiction than social commentary in comic book style, though this exhaustive movie is not easily described. With several odd-sized pieces, it is one strange puzzle—and an allegorical warning against tyranny. With government control of people’s lives on the march, it’s easy to see […]

Turn Left at Hollywood & Vine

Reading Ben Shapiro’s Front Page article, “Hollywood Hates Corporations, LovesCorporate Cash” (December 5th) caused me to reflect again on the esthetic, political, and moral gulf between the films of yesteryear and of today. What underscored the reflection was a recent watching of Director/Producer Sam Wood’s For Whom theBell Tolls, one of my favorite movies. I […]

Beasts of the Southern Wild

The best of movies about poor people – Conrack with Jon Voight and Madge Sinclair comes to mind – insist that even poverty can’t destroy the best in man. Today’s glut of poverty porn says just the opposite…

Why The Hunger Games Satisfies

  For the fourth consecutive week, America’s top movie depicts a government-controlled contest in which children kill children. The Hunger Games, based on the dystopian young adult novel by Suzanne Collins, recently broke the $500 million mark in worldwide box office receipts. Why? What draws moviegoers into theaters is not easy to estimate. But it’s […]

Margaret Thatcher Movie, Iron Lady, is a Well Crafted Tale Worth Watching

Concerned that hers would be a distorted, doddering depiction of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1979-1990), I was more or less dragged to see The Iron Lady and was pleasantly surprised by the movie, starring the overrated Meryl Streep (Doubt, Mamma Mia!), one of my least favorite actresses. The framing […]

Captain America

?Paramount’s Captain America, directed by Joe Johnston (October Sky, The Wolfman), is another good Marvel serial. Tied into Marvel’s other comics-based pictures, Thor and Iron Man, and culminating in an heroic picture scheduled for release next year, it is weighted down but it moves with action, excitement and solid American heroism. From eye-popping period design […]

Secretariat Movie Trumps The Social Network in Depicting Capitalism

While the highly touted Facebook film, The Social Network, is the technically superior movie, Disney’s tale of a great American horse and the owner that took him to historic Triple Crown success in 1973, Secretariat, is more enjoyable. The former is written by pretentious Aaron Sorkin (NBC’s The West Wing) and directed by the uneven […]

Hollywood vs. America

“When’s the movie coming out?” I have been asked that question repeatedly over the course of seven years of book-signings for Sparrowhawk at Colonial Williamsburg’s Booksellers by eager patrons who have read the series and wish to see it on the big screen. “Not any time soon,” I usually answer. “If it is ever produced, […]

New ‘Star Trek’ Movie is Bland, Not Bold

As a reset for Paramount’s popular series, the new Star Trek movie, opening this weekend and directed by J.J. Abrams, is disappointing. The original NBC television series was an intelligently written program which put highly individualized characters into often philosophically driven plots and this effort doesn’t come close to measuring up. That said, at least […]

How To Defeat the Hollywood Unions

The article below was originally published on the website of The Intellectual Activist on April 17, 2001 shortly before an impending writers strike that was averted near the eleventh hour. Now, six years later, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) is again threatening to strike when its current labor contract with the Alliance of Motion […]

The Economically Illiterate in Hollywood

It is not really news that Hollywood is still producing anti-business movies, but there is a certain irony in it nevertheless. Although these movies tap a certain envy and resentment of corporate wealth, that large corporate wealth comes from far more modest individual amounts of money from about half the population of the United States, […]

Mao: The Unknown Story

I just finished reading: Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, Knopf, 2005. I do not necessarily recommend this book–not because it is bad–but because the content is so disgusting (though factual). Mao is clearly the worst monster in world history. Like Hitler and Stalin he was a power-luster and wanted to […]

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