Donald Trump

Drama Queens and Faux Fear on the Left

by Robert J. Avrech Endlessly and tediously we hear about the fear that grips the Hillary dead-enders. They are afraid that Donald Trump is a fascist demagogue. Which is quite weird because these are the very same people who are grief-stricken over the death of the fascist demagogue Fidel Castro.

Hollywood

Three Essential Streaming Movies

by Robert J. Avrech Zero Motivation, (2014) Israel. Zohar (Dana Ivgy) and Daffi (Nelly Tagar) are two young Israeli soldiers serving on a remote army base. Stuck in the Human Resources Division, the girls are bored pencil-pushers who spend their days playing video games, singing pop songs, flirting with handsome [Read More]

Hollywood

Dancing With The Stars, Week 8 review

Dancing With The Stars always goes all out for Halloween, and last night was no exception. Every single dance had a Halloween theme. I would be remiss, therefore, if I didn’t say that the dancers weren’t the only stars of the evening:  The people behind the scenes, the ones who [Read More]

Hollywood

Hidden Hollywood: Fay Wray, Beauty and the Beasts, Part III

In her disarmingly modest, and revealing autobiography, On the Other Hand, film actress Fay Wray (September 15, 1907–August 8, 2004), best known for her role as Ann Darrow in the classic film King Kong, unveils her life in a lovely, impressionist style that is at the same time sharply focused. [Read More]

Hollywood

Hidden Hollywood: Gloria Swanson’s Wedding Night

by Robert J. Avrech Between 1919 and 1921, Gloria Swanson starred in a series of wildly popular films for director Cecile B. De Mille in which the iconography of Hollywood glamour was formally codified. The titles of these films carry the whiff of scandal and decadence: Don’t Change Your Husband [Read More]

Heroes

The Ten Greatest War Movies

by Robert J. Avrech Movies about war are ideally suited to the kinetic energy of motion pictures. The eternal themes of love, courage and loyalty are given full range in the theater of war. Readers will immediately notice the absence of silent films and movies from Hollywood’s golden age. Yes, [Read More]

Hollywood

When Ingrid Bergman Rebelled Against Ingrid Bergman

by Robert J. Avrech So powerful are Hollywood movies as propaganda that America has never achieved victory in war without Hollywood’s support. When Hollywood turns against America at war, defeat is assured. Witness Vietnam, the first casualty of Hollywood’s ideological wrath. The Jane Fonda, Jon Voight vehicle “Coming Home” (1978) [Read More]