Movie Review: “The Death of Stalin”

I suppose it is worth stating anew the observation and fact that few--if any--movies actually tell a historical tale in what can be called a faithful manner. Such is the case with The Death of Stalin, which, while unfaithful to historical facts, shows laudable fidelity to stating and underlining a higher truth: The so-called "leaders" …

An Appalling Act of Cowardice

Unbelievable: With theater chains defecting en masse, Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas Day release of “The Interview.” U.S. officials have reportedly linked a massive cyber attack against Sony to North Korea, which is at the center of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy. “We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress …

I Am with Daniel Drezner

Please, please, please let's not have politics in the next Star Wars movie. Nothing about trade negotiations. Nothing about how the Sith are supposedly like Republicans. Nothing--please, God Almighty, nothing--about democracy dying to thunderous applause. We've all had quite enough of this nonsense, thank you very much. Let's explore a fantastic tale, with witty dialogue …

Of Joseph Stiglitz and Double Standards

Just out of curiosity, why hasn't this story generated more of a fuss? Columbia University economics professor Joseph Stiglitz, the liberal economist and scourge of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has a long list of accomplishments. His curriculum vitae runs 56 pages, to be exact. It nonetheless omits a number of his speaking and consulting engagements …

Quote of the Day

Presently before the court is the motion of the defendant, Sony Pictures Classics, Inc. (“Sony”), seeking dismissal pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). The plaintiff, Faulkner Literary Rights, LLC (“Faulkner”) has responded in opposition. The court has viewed Woody Allen’s movie, Midnight in Paris, read the book, Requiem for a Nun, and is thankful …

Nothing Is Written

I enjoyed reading this book review of the great and good Paul Johnson's Darwin: Portrait of a Genius. The following passage was particularly arresting:. . . Darwin was born into a highly literate and distinguished family, some members of which are the focus of biographical studies in their own right. He was the grandson of Erasmus Darwin on …