While America has taken huge steps towards equality, issues are still being fought over today. This month is Black History Month so it is especially important to celebrate how far our country has come and also address the shortcomings that remain.
It's perhaps noteworthy to find Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train settle into its fourth week at No. 1, even while a considerable handful of media-tie ins filled out the spots beneath it in the week heading into the Oscars.
Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, is to publish a second novel, according to the New York Times. I guess it all started the night the Comedian was murdered. Of course Jem said it started much earlier than that, with Ozymandias.
The film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey is due to hit theaters on Valentine's Day, likely propelling two-thirds of James's trilogy up the rankings much the way the Bradley Cooper movie recently helped American Sniper into the No. 1 spot a few weeks ago.
As with the recent film Selma, Watchman will acquaint or reacquaint Americans with the nation's long struggle for civil rights. As Selma prompted renewed attention to LBJ, Harper Lee's new book will rekindle the debate over Atticus Finch. Those who revere him may have to reassess his heroic status.
Harper Lee is publishing another book titled Go Set a Watchmen, which is amazing news to say the least. The fact that it is a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird is even more so. Being an aspiring author from Alabama, she is without a doubt one of my heroes.
Filmmakers can't resist all that color or the movement of falling leaves, with deep nostalgia swiftly evoked in a few frames of swirling red and gold. Regardless of plot, cast or dialogue, the unsung hero of the autumnal movie is the cinematographer.
Although attempts to ban books are very disappointing, the reasons behind why people have tried to do so are worth exploring and create an excellent starting point for discussion and debate among readers.
Building the perfect dad brain requires a blend of smarts, morals and karate skills that can't be found in just one movie dad, which is why we used eight, including Clark Griswold, Atticus Finch and, of course, Indiana Jones.
Like legions of fans who've cherished To Kill A Mockingbird, I've wondered why Harper Lee never wrote another novel. And I've wondered if Harper Lee felt betrayed by her childhood friend, Truman Capote, who used her keen eye to research In Cold Blood but gave her no credit for her contribution.
One wonders what Atticus Finch would think of many in these open carry groups, as they brandish their long guns in a pack mentality, badgering any person who dares to stand up to their frightening display of misplaced priorities and caliber-heavy bravado.
No doubt, selecting "the best law film" is highly dependent on one's personal preferences and even the general mood of the public at the time a film is released. So let's see what Oscar has to say about the best trial films since the inception of the Academy Awards.
Ask any lawyer that ever read To Kill a Mockingbird if the book influenced their decision to attend law school. More than likely, they will think about it for a few moments, smile with pride and say yes.