Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged or James Joyce’s Ulysses?

A classic from The New Romanticist published over a decade ago.

Star Wars Fans Have Much To Rejoice Over Ron Howard’s Han Solo Movie

Unlike the abysmal The Last Jedi movie, Solo Emphasizes Story Telling Over Lefty Propaganda and Special Effects

Heroism in Sports: 1949’s The Stratton Story

A simple American story about a man and the work and woman he loves makes director Sam Wood’s biopic, authorized by Chicago White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton, a compelling and inspiring motion picture.

The Nerve of Foley

“Foley is typical of the men who work the railroad in Spearman’s universe: tough, good-natured, gloriously effectual.”

Interview with Robert Benton

Scott Holleran met with writer and director Robert Benton to talk about his distinguished career. 1979’s Kramer vs. Kramer won the Best Picture Academy Award and earned Benton two Oscars for Best Screenplay and Best Director.

Frank Lloyd Wright and The Fountainhead: The Full Story

To what extent (if any) was Ayn Rand’s Howard Roark really Frank Lloyd Wright? The parallels between her fictional hero and an actual architect have, over time, been exaggerated, denied and distorted. This talk by Professor Shoshana Milgram, drawing on Wright’s...

Falling in Love with Poetry, Part 2

With a symphonic integration of all the resources of language, great love poets take the most elusive nuances, thrills, mysteries, and motifs of love and throw them into sharp relief.

‘Skyscraper’ Rises to the Occasion

Two plot points serve as bookends for the plot and theme of writer and director Rawson Marshall Thurber's Skyscraper. They're mercifully on time and surprisingly simple yet effective. I wish the movie's gratitude theme was layered with more complexity. But this...

Streisand’s ‘A Star is Born’ (1976) Falters

The second remake of William Wellman's historic A Star is Born (1937) suffers from the same or similar problems as the Fifties' Judy Garland vehicle. Going with the same iconic title as the original and the 1954 film, the 1976 version also puts spectacle over...

Judy Garland Dominates ‘A Star is Born’ (1954)

Hollywood's first remake of William Wellman's searing 1937 tragedy, A Star is Born, neither enhances nor detracts from the original. Director George Cukor, working from Moss Hart's screenplay (based upon the original script), mixes music into the story, which remains...

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