Media Matters Archive
Selma brings the stakes of being black in the American South to life with horrific clarity.
Best Films of 2014
Three of our Media Matters reviewers offer their “Top Ten” lists for 2014, each in their own format.
In an attempt to sell their paintings, Walter takes credit for Margaret’s work, which becomes phenomenally successful, to the chagrin of art critics who consider the paintings nothing but kitsch.
Two Intelligent Men
Two recent releases, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, offer glimpses into the lives of two British geniuses, Alan Turing and Stephen Hawking. With the exposure of Turing’s homosexuality, I expected that narrative to have more emotional intensity and a more clearly articulated point of view. I was wrong. As Hawking says in one of the final scenes of the film when asked if he believes in God, which most of his research has seemed to open the possibility of, “To live is to have hope.” The Imitation Game, based on the story of Alan Turing, exposes the […]
Matthew’s 2014 Media Matters Mix Tape
In the spirit of my National Mid-Year Music Award Day in July, I made up fake awards for these 14 songs. The awards may be bogus but the songs are legitimate winners.
Antarctica: A Year on Ice
These are the people who choose alternative paths—people whose cold-nipped faces blaze with life and a self-deprecating sense of humor over their love affair with a place that, in winter time, brews the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane every week.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The camera also dances around characters in a fluid mesmerizing way, frequently zooming in for stunning close-ups that really let the actors shine.
This one is easier to digest than some earlier DiFranco work, but maybe not as filling.
World Religions: Sikhs, Seventh-day Adventists, And Mennonites
an Interfaith Special, To Be Broadcast Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 On The CBS Television Network