I was eager to see "The Grand Budapest Hotel" because its creator has done such fine whimsical works before. Both of them raised whimsy to an art form, and so does this latest work.
Weaved throughout the storyline are critiques of NSA surveillance and data-mining, the assassination of U.S. citizens without due process, and drone strikes.
The film focuses on Rumsfeld's return to that post of defense secretary during George W. Bush's disastrous presidency at the behest of his longtime crony, Dick Cheney.
The Cesar Chavez film highlights the courageous commitment and unwavering dedication of one historic union organizer and his fierce companions.
A historical drama of saving 1,000 years of our cultural heritage. in the knowledge that if Hitler went down, he would take with him to the grave the treasure house of Western Civilization just out of spite. Maybe most was rescued, though a great deal also was lost.
In an attempt to draw attention to films of social significance with progressive content, I developed The Progie Awards. A collective of international film writers nominates films and actors for these awards.
In Dennis Broe's "Film Noir, American Workers and Postwar Hollywood," there is an attempt to categorize the film noir movies of different time periods.
Join People's World film critic Bill Meyer tonight via Google+ for a conversation on movies and social change.
Join us for a conversation on Hollywood, the Oscars, and alternative voices in film on Tuesday, Feb. 25. We will be having a discussion with film critic Bill Meyer and others.
On February 18, 1931 author Toni Morrison was born She was the first African-American woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.