Michael McCaffrey is a writer and cultural critic who lives in Los Angeles. His work can be read at RT, Counterpunch and at his website mpmacting.com/blog. He is also the host of the popular cinema podcast Looking California and Feeling Minnesota. Follow him on Twitter @MPMActingCo
Sunday’s star-studded TV special starring the Obamas and Hollywood A-listers did its best to persuade people to get the Covid jab. But it spurned seriousness in favor of woke posturing and self-serving virtue signaling.
The Oscar-nominated movie ‘The Father’ immerses viewers in the confusion of dementia – the same sort of bewilderment caused by US media misinformation to disorient the public and make them easier to control and manipulate.
This unconventional new series mixes documentary and drama as it looks at the history of colonialism. It’s an ambitious undertaking, on a topic worthy of serious discussion, that sadly fails on every level.
‘Coded Bias’ explores how artificial intelligence algorithms propagate racial and gender bias. But its obsession with identity politics means it fails to address the very real prospect of big tech taking over the world.
This past weekend, Major League Baseball announced it was pulling this season’s All-Star Game from Atlanta, Georgia because it believes a new voting bill recently passed in the state legislature is racist.
The fight between iconic monsters in ‘Godzilla vs Kong’ speaks to the existential international clash of our time, and makes for an enjoyable movie. But it also signals that Hollywood is finally waking up in a post-Covid world.
The documentary mini-series goes down the wrong path on a whimsical search to uncover the identity of ‘Q’. A more intriguing and worthwhile approach would be to ask why the QAnon conspiracy appeals to so many.
The tragic death of Sarah Everard has me questioning my choices in entertainment, but it’s the brutal actions of my government over the years that have done more to create a society desensitized to the value of life.
It’s four hours long and really quite dark, but the eagerly anticipated Snyder Cut of Justice League is infinitely better than Joss Whedon’s version, and proves studio executives shouldn’t meddle with the artistry of filmmakers.