FROM David Sterritt
A Short History of Oscar's Worst Snubs Is Stanley Kubrick the greatest director who never won an Oscar? What about Orson Wells? Is the Academy likely to make some new mistakes on Sunday night? Nine films are up for Best Picture this year, and the Golden Globes , Screen Actors Guild and other awards have created expectations for winners and losers. We look back at some mistakes of the past with David Sterritt, Chairman of the National Society of Film Critics . His latest book is Spike Lee's America .
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.