FROM Peter Rainer
Class Warfare Goes to the Movies It's been two years since Occupy Wall Street dramatized the increasing concentration of wealth in America's upper social stratosphere. That's about the time it takes to create and produce a movie and, sure enough, some of the latest Hollywood fare has more than a tinge of class-consciousness. There's social warfare in a future dystopia, magicians who pull off Robin Hood-style heists and Los Angeles teenagers who burglarize the homes of the rich and famous. How well do they mirror today's social reality? Is that what movies should do?
Legendary Director Ingmar Bergman Dies The three directors said to have dominated the world of film in the second half of the 20th century are Federico Fellini , Akira Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman . From Smiles of a Summer Night to Cries and Whispers to The Seventh Seal, says an obituary on today’s New York Times website, “Bergman dealt with pain and torment, desire and religion, evil and love.” Ingmar Bergman died today at the age of 89.
Politics Aside, Big Hurdles Ahead on Unilateral Immigration Reform About half the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the US will be eligible to apply for relief after President Obamas executive order. Who are they? Where do they live? Can public and private agencies handle a massive new workload if it materializes?