FROM Matt Holzman
'Brimstone and Glory' documents Mexico's love for fireworks One Mexican town hand-makes most of the fireworks for the entire country. They also have a crazy weeklong fireworks festival every year. They’re the focus of the new documentary “Brimstone and Glory.”
Cinefamily shuts down for good The independent movie house Cinefamily is shutting its doors in the wake of sex abuse allegations against the men who ran it. We look back at what made Cinefamily so fun, and what we lose and gain from its closing.
'Trophy' asks whether big game hunting is actually saving animals from extinction It’s been two years since Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer paid $54,000 to shoot Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. It caused an international outcry against trophy hunting. But that business continues. A new documentary, “Trophy,” takes you inside the world of trophy hunting.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.