Film Articles

Dread the Inevitable 'El Chapo' Biopic

An idea so bad, you know Sean Penn wants to do it.
1:43 PM, Jan 15, 2016

Much has been made of Sean Penn’s recently released secret interview with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, mastermind of two daring prison escapes, and the author of immeasurable suffering the world over. That Penn would shake hands with El Chapo isn't too surprising, given his well-documented affection for other human misery factories like Hugo Chavez and Madonna. Also not surprising, the "interview" is as incoherent as it is fawning, yet another example of an actor overextending himself in the pursuit of some misbegotten intellectual ambition.

But let's set aside Penn's obvious stupidity. Let's set aside his near-inability to construct a cogent sentence.

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Bill Murray in Morocco

Marrakesh dispatch.
11:14 AM, Dec 09, 2015
The Marrakesh international Film Festival paid tribute to Bill Murray on its opening night Friday. As he was making his way to the theater, an interviewer stopped him on the red carpet and asked how he'd pay homage to Bill Murray. He replied, I'd say I always love you best when you're most engaged with the world. Then Murray wandered off the red carpet and started engaging with the crowd. Read more

Battle of the Bonds

Martinis and social justice.
10:00 AM, Sep 04, 2015

Not long ago, one of my favorite, but alas now defunct radio shows used to keep an Apology Clock.

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Michael Moore Back With 'Where To Invade Next'

8:48 PM, Aug 08, 2015

Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore will release his next movie in September in Toronto. Moore made the announcement on the Twitter live-streaming service Periscope. It'll premier at the Toronto Film Festival:


Here's the 6-min video from the Periscope I just did regarding my new film, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT. #W2IN #TIFF15

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Mind Over Matter

A robot by any other name .  .  .
Apr 27, 2015

Making Miss Navajo

The important cultural work of a “beauty pageant”
4:31 PM, Jan 30, 2015

The jewelry that the women on the screen wear is made from silver and turquoise, matching their ornate and beautiful dresses. This is Miss Navajo, a 2007 documentary that examines issues of history and culture as it follows 21-year-old Navajo Crystal Frazier’s attempt to become Miss Navajo 2005-2006.

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The Gosnell Movie: 'America's Biggest Serial Killer'

12:38 PM, Mar 31, 2014

Three crusading filmmakers intent on doing stories that no one else will touch have moved on from a truth-telling documentary about natural-gas extraction to a planned TV movie about the man they’ve dubbed “America’s worst serial killer.” By the looks of it, plenty of people want the movie to be made.

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Obama on Ebert: 'Roger Was the Movies'

3:49 PM, Apr 04, 2013

President Obama released the following statement on the passing of film critic Roger Ebert:

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John Kerry Plugs 'Argo'

11:12 AM, Feb 24, 2013

In testimony on Capitol Hill, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought up the movie Argo last month to help explain the terror attack against Americans in Benghazi, Libya. And now, with the Oscars tonight, the new secretary of state, John Kerry, is again plugging the film. 

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Even Media Isn't Buying White House's Explanation for Middle East Mobs

10:07 AM, Sep 15, 2012

White House spokesman Jay Carney said yesterday that the recent mobs in the Middle East aren't in response to U.S. policy: 

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As the Zeitgeist Turns

2:35 PM, Jul 27, 2012

Can the Colorado shootings be blamed on the culture?  On too much violence in the movies?

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$345,353 for 17-Minute Obama Campaign Ad

9:11 AM, Mar 15, 2012

The Obama reelection campaign paid $345,353 for "a 17-minute campaign documentary by Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim, set for release Thursday," the Daily Caller reports. "The price comes out to more than $20,300 per minute."

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Trailer for Sarah Palin's 'The Undefeated' Arrives

7:30 AM, Jul 08, 2011

Well, it looks like this will have lots of red meat to feed hordes of hungry conservatives:

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This Is John Galt

12:25 PM, Apr 14, 2011

I’m not a movie critic and I read Atlas Shrugged decades ago when I was in the Army. So it wasn’t exactly fresh in my mind when I attended a special screening in Washington this week of the film version of the novel by Ayn Rand. I had low expectations. But it turns out to be a terrific movie.

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What the Best Picture Oscar® Really Tells Us

A tale of two movies.
Mar 07, 2011


Among those who make their living watching movies and writing about them, there seems to be a consensus that it is a matter of the gravest moment. The King’s Speech appears likely to win the Best Picture Oscar on February 27 rather than The Social Network, and this, they believe, will prove to be a calamitous cultural event.

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1986 and All That

Victorino Matus loves the ’80s
Feb 28, 2011

I’ve been told 2010 was a great year for movies—everything from The King’s Speech to The Social Network to Inception. Not that I would know. As a parent of two toddlers, I get to a movie theater at most once or twice a year.

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