Pop Culture’s Acceptable and Unacceptable Lies
Liberals think the Emmy Awards “normalized” Sean Spicer’s lying for Trump, but they forget how their echo chamber aided Barack Obama’s Iran Deal deceptions.
In the partisan culture wars, no quarter is to be given, not even in …
Stop Smearing DACA Critics as Evil and Racist
Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared at Acculturated, and it is reprinted here with permission.
For more than 16 years, senators and congressmen have been trying to pass bills giving legal status to people who illegally immigrated to the United …
Watching Everything Is Copy, Jacob Bernstein’s documentary life of his mother, Nora Ephron, the other night gave me a much clearer picture than I had had of the force, attractiveness, and danger of that talented cultural, media, and entertainment …
The Birth of Hollywood Virtue-Signaling
Fifty years ago, a pathbreaking year for American cinema arrived. Two generation-defining films unlike anything anyone had seen before — Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate — challenged critics with new depths of irony and previously unseen layers of subtlety. “…
Hollywood Is Addicted to Politics
Los Angeles — “Black Range Rover!” calls the parking valet at Soho House in West Hollywood, and a row of tanned and unlined and well-tended faces with practiced, thoughtful, I’m-listening-to-you-really-listening-not-just-waiting-for-my-turn-to-talk expressions on them pop up and prairie-dog over the tops …
Column: It’s Sexist That Ryan Gosling Thanked Eva Mendes for Taking Care of Their Family
According to a column in The Independent, Ryan Gosling’s Golden Globes acceptance speech was “sexist” because he thanked his wife, Eva Mendes, for her hard work taking care of their family at home.
The author, Narjas Zatat, claims …
What Did Football Players or Mixed Martial Artists Ever Do to Streep?
One other note to add to the discussion of Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech, now that Armond White and David French have weighed in#…#
If your message is, “don’t make fun of disabled people,” fine. Trump insists he …
Meryl Streep Miscasts Herself
The critic Pauline Kael back in the Eighties drew a bead on the fantastically acclaimed Meryl Streep, observing that the actress “makes a career out of seeming to overcome being miscast.” That annoying habit of Steep’s was still evident …
When Hollywood Goes Liberal, It Goes Bankrupt
Not surprisingly, Hollywood has gone all in for Hillary Clinton during this election season. The Democratic party’s nominee has stood by smiling as celebrities such as Jay Z and Beyoncé offered expletive-laced performances and raised money for her campaign. …
Intolerance Is the Greatest Movie Ever Made
For many critics and scholars — myself among them — D. W. Griffith’s Intolerance is the greatest film ever made. A century later we are as close to its subject as we are distant from its art. Political specifics, …
Impromptus: Chuck and Clint and guns, &c.
A couple of nights ago, I was watching University Challenge, the British quiz show. (There is little I like to do more.) Jeremy Paxman was putting a question to the team from Trinity College, Oxford. The question related to America.
From my most recent NRO article, about the Left in the entertainment industry: “None of these people have any more right to be taken seriously when they inflict their sophomoric views of public policy and world affairs on their tens …
Trump: The Series — the Comedy We Want Invites Tragedies We Don’t
So Anthony Scaramucci walked out of our lives forever.
There has hardly been a more cinematic week in politics than the last. Scaramucci was hired as White House communications director by President Trump, apparently with the approval of Jared and …
Let’s not underplay this: Emma Watson just became the Rosa Parks of today’s Hollywood.
Declining to honor gender demarcations just as Parks once declined to observe racial ones, Watson, holding a goofy simulacrum of a bucket of popcorn, …
Reviewer Pans Patriots Day for Catering to ‘Jingoism’
In a review of Patriots Day on The Verge titled, “The Bizarro Big Business of Mark Wahlberg and National Tragedy,” Kaitlyn Tiffany struggles with the pressing question of why Americans like movies in which terrorists are portrayed as the bad …
The Golden Globes Are Why Donald Trump Is Not Going Anywhere
Last night, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gathered to give awards to people in Hollywood in front of other people from Hollywood — and it was the perfect example of the kind of self-serving ego-stroking trash that is going to …
Meryl Streep’s Speech Is Why the Left Wins
Last night, Meryl Streep gave an impassioned, five-minute political speech that encapsulated most of what I hate about Hollywood liberalism. Streep had just received the Cecile B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes, and she used the opportunity to launch …
When Entertainment Reporters Get Political
If you think liberal media bias is strictly an issue for the New York Times and the Washington Post, you haven’t looked at your average entertainment site lately.
Nearly every major Hollywood news site leans left. It has been …
Hollywood’s Pro-Democrat Hagiography Hits a New Low
Are you ready for yet another fictional dramatization of the life of a prominent Democrat?
Lifetime network is unveiling The Young Hillary Diaries, a light-hearted web series that depicts the young Hillary Rodham running for president of her high-school class …
Deepwater Horizon and Everyday Heroes
The climactic images of an American flag rippling against darkness and fire in the brilliant new film Deepwater Horizon recall many a war film, or indeed the writing of The Star Spangled Banner itself, near Fort McHenry as the War …