A Political and Literary Forum
In the 1974 cult-classic teleplay Penda’s Fen, the past holds the key to escaping the catastrophic present. We too can learn from wilder pasts in our confrontations with capitalism today.
The Netflix series Dead to Me suggests that we might get closer to justice by forgiving each other and ourselves for the sometimes literally fatal flaw of being human.
The award-winning documentary ‘Honeyland’ sets out to offer a timeless environmental parable, but in the process it also explores misconceptions about the region’s culture and history.
Ron Howard’s Netflix adaptation of ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ continues a long tradition of seeing hillbillies as a symbol of pristine American whiteness. It’s the same nostalgia Trump has mobilized on the far right.
Current contempt for age gap relationships serves to strip both men and women of their agency.
In films such as Contagion, virology is often confused with the invisible workings of capital.
Jordan Peele's ‘Us’ depicts the terrors faced by black mothers in a way that owes as much to Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’ as it does to classic Hollywood horror.
Tao Leigh Goffe
A timely new documentary celebrates Morrison’s novels, but downplays the enduring power of her work as an editor and essayist.
‘Amazing Grace,’ the long-lost film of Franklin’s gospel album, offers a lesson in the deep connections between gospel and soul music.
Lars von Trier. Stanley Kubrick. Michael Haneke.
Rosie Gillies, Boston Review
Trump’s Space Force is a bad reboot of the old imperial fantasy of control from above.
Boots Riley's new film roasts racial capitalism and issues an unapologetic call for revolution.
Robin D. G. Kelley
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