Essays

Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford in 13 Reasons Why
Emotional realism isn’t easy to watch

It is likely that if you are reading this, you were either bullied in high school for not conforming to conservative gender roles or you consciously conformed to such roles so that you wouldn’t be bullied in high school. You may have gone the extra mile and bullied other kids…

Dafne Keen and Hugh Jackman in Logan
In all its messy, bloody, thrilling glory

Then comes Logan, the third Wolverine film, ninth appearance of the character on the big screen, and Hugh Jackman’s last time playing the role. Logan is not only one of the best X-Men films – if not the best – but it’s also the best representation of the Wolverine character in all its messy, bloody, thrilling glory.

Moonlight
Glimmers in the darkness

I will repeat what everyone else has said over and over again: 2016 was dreadful, and as I write this, it continues to be wretched, with George Michael and Carrie Fisher dying as Donald Trump provokes a new Cold (or World) War. In times like these, with our waking lives…

Votives for Leonardo Gabriel Ramirez on July 3, 2015
Virgil and Burns

Yesterday evening, I was walking up Virgil, and a half block from the corner of Burns, I saw a stereotypically dressed and affected hipster — that slur for creative class types — strolling around the corner laughing on his cell phone. He strolled right into the collection of votive candles that have populated the southwest corner of that intersection since Leonardo Gabriel Ramirez, a 17 year old boy from the neighborhood, was shot and killed on May 23.

EXCLUSIVE. ***SUNDAY CALENDAR  SNEAKS STORY FOR NOVEMBER 2, 2014. DO NOT USE PRIOR TO PUBLICATION**********Center left to right: Wendell Pierce plays Rev. Hosea Williams, David Oyelowo plays Martin Luther King, Jr., and Colman Domingo plays Ralph Abernathy in the movie SELMA, from Paramount Pictures and PathZÿ.
His truth is marching on

Selma, the brilliant film about King and the Selma marches of 1965, was nominated for Best Picture, but its director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo were not, and those are as egregious snubs as any in many years.

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