Tom Hanks: US Wanted to Annihilate the Japanese Because They Were ”Different”


Although I am used to Hollywood stars making the most outrageous, anti-American and downright stupid statements, I’ve got to admit that I was taken aback by this post over at Hot Air, nonetheless. Its subject: Tom Hanks said recently that America wanted to ”annihilate the Japanese because they were different.” Yes, seriously:
He is pleased that [...]

The Fate of Roger Ebert’s Legacy


“I’m so relieved to be an elite” –tweet from Roger Ebert
Most public figures have done or said something they wish they could take back. When it comes to public intellectuals and film critics specifically, they generally pride themselves on their ability to analyze what they see. Therefore, their responses to culture should be very measured [...]

My Friend Ben Shapiro Unveils His Top 10 Filmmakers… And Confirms His Blindspot


Coincidentally my copy of this DVD collection of avant garde films arrived in the mail yesterday — I picked it up today. What an odd omen considering the message of this post.
Ben Shapiro and I had a fun little debate and exchanged some friendly emails last week about his controversial list of “most overrated” directors [...]

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When Ideology Destroys Cinema: Why Ben Shapiro Misses Out on My Favorite Film of the Decade


John Nolte has done it again. He’s gotten conservative film lovers abuzz over a new article at his indispensable Big Hollywood blog.
The commotion is about Ben Shapiro’s post today which claims to name the 10 most overrated Hollywood directors.
The article is a hyperbolic provocation, not to be taken seriously. Shapiro makes dumb statements like,
The auteur [...]

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The Hurt Locker: Great Action Film or Anti-War Propaganda?


If you saw the Film Critic’s Choice Awards on Saturday you know that Kathryn Bigelow’s thriller set in wartime Iraq, The Hurt Locker, won for best picture. This is an important award because it isn’t like the Oscars that only amount to Hollywood patting itself on the back. The Critic’s Choice Award is decided by, [...]

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