Trump Is Right: The US Does Glorify Violence

August 07, 2019

The Epoch Times reports that “Donald Trump has partly directed blame toward violent video games for two mass shootings that left 31 people dead over the weekend, saying that the ‘glorification of violence’ must stop.” Here is today’s 3D...

Actor Viggo Mortensen Uses a Word He Shouldn’t

November 13, 2018

What happens when concern about racism is focused on policing the words that antiracist people use, rather than the acts of actual racists? Americans have a serious and complex problem with the notion of free speech. While everyone accepts the dogma that freedom of expression is an absolute...

What Africa Has to Offer

April 30, 2018

With urbanization projects throughout Africa, the development of infrastructure is often incompatible with the needs of the people. The marginalization that Black Panther — the film adaptation of the Marvel comic — decries of black inner cities in the US is about to be recreated in Africa....

How Black Panther Sees the World

April 08, 2018

The film contrasts aloof isolationism with Gates Foundation-style paternalism. It unfairly paints more revolutionary alternatives as narrowly violent. Donald Trump has now assembled a cabinet of men that have elevated violence to a supreme virtue at home and abroad. Men like Mike Pompeo, John...

“The Post” and the Importance of a Free Press

January 27, 2018

Steven Spielberg’s The Post is a timely reminder of the constitutional importance of a free press. Steven Spielberg’s new film, The Post, which explores the events that led up to New York Times v. US, echoes Justice Hugo Black’s sentiment: “The press was protected so that it could bare...

Why Aren’t Hollywood Films More Diverse?

December 16, 2017

The international box office might be to blame. In 2014, a hacker group leaked confidential information from Sony Pictures Entertainment, including a controversial email written by an unnamed producer. In the email, which went viral, the producer questioned the decision to cast Denzel...

Harvey Weinstein: A Sordid Reality in Hollywood

October 13, 2017

The sad reality is that the Harvey Weinstein story is arguably only the tip of the iceberg. There is something disturbing about the Harvey Weinstein case as someone who has finally been revealed as one of the most predatory monsters of the Hollywood scene. There is a litany of cases,...

Hacking in Hollywood: Why the Industry Needs to Shore Up Security

August 11, 2017

Experts say the increasing threat of sophisticated cybercrimes should force entertainment firms to take serious stock of their internal security measures. A cyberattack at Sony Pictures in 2014 resulted in the release of sensitive internal documents, the eventual ouster of the top executive...

Is China the Next Hollywood?

March 25, 2017

All major blockbuster films come from Hollywood, but is Chinese influence dictating what is produced? When you think of high-budget blockbuster films watched the world over, you inevitable think of Hollywood. Yet, having seen an unprecedented expansion of its film market, it is predicted that...

Hollywood Does it Again

February 25, 2017

Hollywood does not fairly represent minorities in cinema. The Oscar nominations are proof of that. In 2016, Hollywood actress Jada Pinkett Smith, indignant at the Academy Award nominations, joined the #OscarsSoWhite Twitter storm. Back then, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Yes,...

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