Scott Holleran

Scott Holleran is a writer and journalist. His articles have been published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal. Visit his Web site at www.scottholleran.com.

Considering 2008’s ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, written by Eric Roth (Munich, which was morally repugnant) and directed by David Fincher (Zodiac, which was miserable) is breathtaking and, on purely cinematic grounds, it is a grand three hours, as the tagline says, of life...

Why ‘Chappaquiddick’ is a Breakthrough

That this movie exists is a cinematic achievement. Whatever my criticism, whatever its flaws, the movie about an American government official's deliberate, historic conspiracy — a real, proven conspiracy of corruption, deceit and silence, ahem, Oliver Stone — to cover...

Light ‘Argo’ Dramatizes Escape from Iran

Ben Affleck's 2012 movie, Argo, reduces the so-called Iran hostage crisis (1979-1981) to an episode of smaller proportions with satisfactory results. This isn't great cinema, and it leaves a lot of meaning, context and history out of the picture, but the docudrama, if...

Roy Moore Is Not Fit For Political Office

Insinuating that he thinks gays deserve to die and stating clearly and explicitly that he aims to enact a religious government disqualify Moore from political office.

Seven Steps to Cure ObamaCare

Restoring Americans’ right to choose their own health care, including the freedom to choose whether and how much to buy, and how to finance, insure and use, means first liberating Americans from ObamaCare.

Interview with Alexander Marriott on Nat Turner

History teacher Alexander Marriott examines facts and fiction about slave rebel Nat Turner in this exclusive interview by Scott Holleran about Nate Parker’s 2016 film, The Birth of a Nation.

Richard Neutra, Frank Lloyd Wright & Ayn Rand: An Interview with Architect Dion Neutra

On the eve of his 90th birthday, Dion Neutra sat down at his home with Scott Holleran and remembered his father, his childhood and his career with a great 20th century modern architect including thoughts and remembrances of Richard Neutra’s architecture and relationships with Frank Lloyd Wright and Ayn Rand. Dion Neutra also spoke of his single proudest achievement at Gettysburg.

Movie Review: High Noon

United Artists' High Noon (1952) is a lightning rod of controversy. This compelling movie was made with the best talents and its taut, purpose-driven plot gains and keeps attention. Any honest appraisal must account for its flaws, too. I recently saw it again at the...

Book Review: Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve

Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve is an enjoyable exercise in re-framing what the reader probably already knows about a favorite writer and discovering references, patterns and facts the reader may not know.

Movie Review: Sully

Clint Eastwood (Jersey Boys, American Sniper, Gran Torino, Invictus) made another little character masterpiece with Sully, starring Tom Hanks as Captain Chesley Sullenberger. Review by Scott Holleran

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a clever and pleasant diversion about having faith that the good is possible.

 

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