Progressive cinema: Spotlight on Detroit

Ultimately it's the people that make a city. There are still many good people in Detroit; many great activists and endless joys left in this embattled city.


Progressive cinema: Occupy stars in Traverse City

The Occupy Wall Street movement was one of the main themes at Michigan's Traverse City Film Festival this year.


Which way forward for the Olympics?

In 2016, Brazil, with its left-center government, will hopefully lessen corporate influence and increase the public's involvement.


Movie audience laughs and cringes at “Killer Joe”

Our matinee audience, nearly a full house, laughed all the way through "Killer Joe," but it was nervous laughter.


New "Spider-Man" spins a predictable web

For the most part, this new film is how Spider-Man should have been done in the first place. The film is energized and emotive. On the other hand, it's also far from groundbreaking.


A cook’s thoughts on food and more

Cooking has always been enjoyable. But I am growing very worried over many aspects of the food we eat.


"The Dark Knight Rises" above expectations

Many will doubt this film's ability to trump the success and artistic integrity of 2008's The Dark Knight (generally considered to be the "Godfather" of superhero films).


Seeking solutions to a violent society

Americans are left pondering why and wondering what if anything can be done to stop it and also, 'how did this occur, and what caused it?'


Hollywood hokum conquers all

The films bridged the gap between completely unbelievable and utter nonsense, but they did it with admirable verve and commitment.


Today in history: Musicians targeted in anti-Communist witch-hunt

On June 22, 1950, renowned musicians/performers Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Lena Horne, Pete Seeger and Artie Shaw were labeled as suspected "Communist sympathizers" in the infamous publication "Red Channels."

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