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Occupy Wall Street: American as Apple Pie

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

In 1776, had the American revolutionaries tried the Barack Obama approach of "reaching out" in a spirit of "cooperation" with the Tories and the British Crown there never would have been a United States of America in the first place.

Personal Responsibility and the Fight for Clean Air

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.26.2011 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

Instead of people just shaking their heads and sighing, "Well, what can I do?"... The answer is simple. Take a proactive step. The window of opportunity to send a comment of support to the E.P.A. is drawing to a close. August 4th to be exact.

Brooks Pits 'Connection' vs. 'Adventure,' But Why Not Both?

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

The conservative writer/commentator David Brooks, in this New Yorker excerpt from his new book The Social Animal: A Story of Love, Character, and Achi...

Homeless Guy Plucked From Poverty: What's Wrong With This Picture?

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tamar Abrams

If the people of Cleveland can summon the generosity to celebrate Ted Williams, why can't more communities find similar generosity for their homeless brothers and sisters?

Why It's A Wonderful Life Still Resonates

John Farr | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

With glitzier fare squeezing out this special old stand-by, is the new generation missing out on something special? I think so. In short, the film explores the fundamental, overarching importance of the ties that bind.

They Belong in Every Home: The Ten Best Holiday Movies by Farr

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

The values and emotions imparted in these timeless films are sure to stoke the spirit of "Peace On Earth, Good Will Towards Men" (and women). Happy viewing!

Sarah Palin's Favorite Communist Movie

Chris Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Chris Kelly

Sarah Palin is clearly a student of film history. So when she says Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is one of her "favorite movies," she must know it was written by a communist, right?

For July 4th, a Dozen Movies That Scream "America!"

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

As we head into the Independence Day weekend, I wanted to suggest some classic titles scattered over the decades that each in their way evoke our country's unique character.

To Martin Scorsese, the Criterion Collection, and Anyone Else Who'll Listen: More Public Domain Classics Worth Saving

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

It's not enough to revere the best of our film heritage -- we must work to protect and preserve it. With that in mind, I've compiled a short list of public domain titles that I'd like to see brought back to their original glory.

What Makes a Woman Sexy? Not Whining, Samantha

Holly Robinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Holly Robinson

It seemed like a good idea to take my daughter to see Sex and the City 2 for her birthday; it was a rainy Saturday and SATC2 was the only local movie ...

To "Americans for Prosperity" Capitalism Is a Love Story

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The only distinguishing feature of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation's "National Defending the American Dream Summit" was its astonishing homogeneity both in thought and in demography.

Michael Moore's Grapes of Wrath

Dan Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Siegel

With the glimmering hope of the Obama campaign behind us, Moore's film is a wake-up call to renew and expand America's democratic promise.

What's Wrong With Empathy?

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

I, for one, am glad for the end of former President George W. Bush's "cowboy diplomacy," fear mongering, and pre-emptive strikes talk.

For Independence Day, Ten Movies That Scream America

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

As we head into Independence Day weekend, for those who'd like to move beyond the evergreen "Yankee Doodle Dandy", I want to suggest some classic titles that evoke our country's unique character.

Old Man Cheney

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeffrey Feldman

Sean Hannity's interview with Dick Cheney serves as a kind of Tom Stoppard rendition of "It's a Wonderful Life" that might take place after the lights came up and the audience left the theater.

Movie Review: New in Town

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If Frank Capra were to make a movie today, it would probably look a lot like New in Town. Of course, Frank Capra is dead. Then again, so is this movie.

Mr. Smith? Roddy, You're a Real Paine

Donald Liebenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Donald Liebenson

Blago seems to be auditioning for a remake of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, casting himself as James Stewart's naïve and embattled senator. I recommend a different role that's tailor-made for him.

"It's A Wonderful Life" Is Actually Terrifying: NYT

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

"It's a Wonderful Life" is a terrifying, asphyxiating story about growing up and relinquishing your dreams, of seeing your father driven to the grave...

How the Wal-Mart Stampede Made a Long Holiday Season Longer

Jason Notte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jason Notte

I'm talking to you, dentist office filing clerk. While your boss is busy snaking a vacuum tube under someone's tongue, turn the radio from the all-Christmas station.

It's a Wonderful Life Explains the Financial Crisis

Charles H. Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Charles H. Green

Is it really that simple? How could Hollywood possibly get something so much more right than the risk-meisters of Wall Street?

It's a Wonderful Election

Steven Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Weber

As simply as the lines are drawn between good and bad in Capra's classic, so are they drawn in this election. It has become clear which of the movie's characters comes closest to being identified with McCain.