Every culture has deeply embedded myths, and cinema has often been the medium through which America’s myths have been transmitted. Here are twelve films that have reflected America back to itself through the decades, for better and worse.
Environmentalism has all the hallmarks of a left-wing cause: a class of victims (future generations), an enlightened vanguard who fights for them (the eco-warriors), powerful philistines who exploit them (the capitalists), and endless opportunities to express resentment against the successful, the wealthy and the West. The style too is leftist: the environmentalist is young, dishevelled, socially disreputable, […]
This article appears in the Fall 2014 issue of the Intercollegiate Review. Check out the rest of the issue here. One of the basic tenets of free-market economics is that markets allocate resources more efficiently than government bureaucrats ever could. The countless businesspeople, entrepreneurs, and consumers making economic decisions every day draw on a vastly greater range […]
Yet another film adaptation of the bestselling apocalyptic thriller Left Behind has hit screens across the country, this time starring Oscar winner Nicolas Cage. Has the uptick in star power made this controversial theme palatable for a broad audience? And why does Mars need women?
Reza Aslan publishes a book pushing a tired revisionist history of Christianity and becomes an instant media darling. Yet calling into question the official story of Islam and its founder is denounced as “Islamophobia.” Robert Spencer’s Did Muhammad Exist? is out in paperback and boasts a new introduction by Ibn Warraq that addresses this imbalance in mainstream responses.
Recovering our sense of place is crucial in our mobile, rootless, digitized world. Wilfred McClay lays out the case for staying put.
George Orwell and Ambrose Bierce, call your offices.
Scotland’s independence referendum may have failed (for now, say its supporters), but secessionist movements are just getting warmed up. Nationalist revolts are horrifying globalist elites.
The final entry in the Atlas Shrugged film series has hit theaters nationwide. Does it do justice to author Ayn Rand’s original novel? Does it even do justice to the first two films in the series? What, for that matter, would constitute justice?
A recent study claimed that Harry Potter‘s millennial readers are (in the words of one interpreter) “more open to diversity and … less likely to support the use of deadly force or torture, more politically active and more likely to have had a negative view of the Bush administration.” Science fiction and fantasy novelist John C. Wright says otherwise.
Many college students have trouble finding the same level of religious experience after graduation. Naomi Schaefer Riley offers some guidance.