Movies

Netflix Delivers Salvo for Free Expression

With Nine Little Words to Employees: ‘Netflix May Not Be the Best Place for You.’ Netflix is no longer trying to please everyone, and that’s a win for free expression.

The Sound of Music (1965)

Director Robert Wise's The Sound of Music for 20th Century Fox is an opulent and lavish production. The 1965 movie musical, written by Ernest Lehman, is melodic and cinematic. At the start of its nearly three hours, with sweeping aerial photography in famous opening...

Movie Review: Malcolm X

The words "...by any means necessary," conclude Spike Lee's racist propaganda piece, Malcolm X. This phrase asserting that the ends justify the means, a rationalization for tyranny throughout history, is the movie's theme. Lee capably gives "by any means necessary",...

Movie Review: Selma

Selma is a lost opportunity. A great movie about achieving 20th century progress for blacks in America has yet to be made. Selma is an example of how not to do it.

Movie Review: America

Emphasizing emotions over facts, the propellant and powerful America: Imagine the World Without Her, co-written and co-directed by conservative author Dinesh D'Souza, teems with a proper American sense of life. It is limited in its power, which strongly builds yet...

Movie Review: Atlas Shrugged Part 3

As I previewed last month, the new and final part of libertarian businessman John Aglialoro's independent movie trilogy adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged, features Christian libertarian ex-congressman Ron Paul of Texas. It's a plot point that, however...

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, beautifully portrayed on every level by Chris Evans, depicts what ought to be America’s shining response to evil.

Movie Review: 12 Years a Slave

Written by John Ridley and directed by Steve McQueen,12 Years a Slave, based on the book by Solomon Northrup, deposits us into slavery in the 19th century’s American South. It is an excellent example of the best type of cinematic naturalism, delivering characters to...

Why The Hunger Games Satisfies

The Hunger Games is not explicitly for individual rights or any other political ideal; its power lies in a subtle grasp of what government control does to decent people.

Movie: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is part of a history in dystopian-themed filmmaking about the individual against the government

Captain America

Moves with action, excitement and solid American heroism.

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....

‘Crash’ Wins ‘Best Picture’

So Crash, one of the most philosophically objectionable movies that I've seen in a long time, won yesterday's coveted Academy Award for "Best Picture." Crash has two major themes: everyone is a racist, doesn't know it, and no one is a hero, even if they perform heroic...

Jesus Christ Superscar

The Passion of the Christ’s theme is that suffering, not joy, is man’s proper fate.

Thank You, Harry Potter!

With a long-term war in progress and threats of further terrorist attacks on American soil, is it mere escapism to go to movies such as Harry Potter? Not at all; such movies provide something just as essential to winning a war as weapons and soldiers. Harry Potter...

Bob Hope: A Uniquely American Archetype

When comedian Bob Hope died on Sunday, at age 100, the media unleashed old clips and canned obituaries and the world has been getting to know him again ever since.

When Hollywood Went to War

Once upon a time there was a vicious attack on America — an act of war — and Hollywood’s biggest stars had plenty to say — and do — about it. With the war in Iraq practically over and Hollywood liberals making themselves scarce, it’s time to put Hollywood and war in perspective.