Hollywood Likes Feminists When They’re Imperialists
Female-led movies are repeating the same stale images of power.
In ‘Da 5 Bloods,’ Vietnam Is Just Another Backdrop for American Pain
Even U.S. anti-war movies end up reenacting the same imperialist fantasies.
Artists of the World, Unite
Only by standing firm against China together can makers escape global cultural paralysis.
Fascists Know How to Turn Mockery Into Power
Satirists who mean to cut down fascists can end up boosting their ideas.
What I Learned About the Coronavirus World From Watching Zombie Flicks
There are terrible parallels between the pandemic and the zombie apocalypse. But don’t despair—there is hope for humanity yet.
‘Parasite’ Has a Hidden Backstory of Middle-Class Failure and Chicken Joints
In a few words, Bong Joon-ho conjured up a whole tale of economic insecurity.
Hollywood Is Paying an ‘Abominable’ Price for China Access
A kid’s movie has turned into a geopolitical nightmare for DreamWorks.
The Dark Legacy of China’s One-Child Policy
On the podcast: The filmmaker Nanfu Wang tells the harrowing story of her own family’s one-child ordeal.
Hollywood Has No Time for Crazy Poor Asians
Asian-American politics don't translate on screen into sensitivity to Singapore's real issues.
The Avengers at a Crossroads: Assessing Prospects for New Strategic Challenges and Opportunities
For the world’s premier superpowers to better confront new international threats, fresh strategic initiatives are needed in a challenging era.
How to Make Karl Marx Sexy
The philosophy of economics doesn’t make for a good movie. It gets easier if you drop the philosophy and the economics.
Newton’s Last Discovery
Bollywood’s dark hit comedy features a bureaucrat lost in India’s political jungles.
Russians Don’t Understand Why Anyone Is Upset With ‘Girl Crazy’ Weinstein
In Putin’s Russia, discussion of sexual harassment and domestic violence are largely taboo.
‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’: Some nice portrayals in a C-movie wrapper
Better directorial judgment and a larger budget would have made for a more compelling film.
‘Dunkirk’: I finally saw it
My wife and I had some downtime in Portland, Maine, before I gave a talk there, so we dropped in to see “Dunkirk.”
China Finally Has Its Own Rambo
The ultra-nationalist fantasy Wolf Warrior 2 is making crowds - and government officials - happy.
Screw Brad Pitt and the ‘War Machine’ He Rode in On
The Stanley McChrystal — and the war in Afghanistan — I knew is not at all like what you’ll see on Netflix.
At the Last Minute, Lebanon Bans ‘Wonder Woman’
Lebanon, which is still technically at war with Israel, banned the film because the lead actress is Israeli.
‘Fury’: The sergeant major responds to the writer/director’s defense of the film
Before I give cites to my comments, I thought I might give a vignette that I experienced in dealing with recollections made far after the fact.