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Power of Symbolic Unity Lost on Obama

Fifty major leaders of the free world marched arm in arm on the public streets of Paris to let the world know they stood united against radical Islamic terrorism. President Obama chose not to attend

G.I. Film Festival Wraps on Dramatic Note

G.I. Film Festival Wraps on Dramatic Note

The sixth annual G.I. Film Festival wrapped this weekend with a group of outstanding films that pulled heartstrings and helped us understand the motivations and sacrifices of American men and women who go off to war. “From Philadelphia to Fallujah,” conceived

G.I. Film Festival Opens with Tribute to Ross Perot

G.I. Film Festival Opens with Tribute to Ross Perot

Hollywood and New York are known for hosting “star-studded” galas, events where often vacuous but popular actors and actresses line the red carpet for piranha-like paparazzi. A near-sellout crowd of real heroes and supporters gathered Monday at the start of

BH Interview: Liberal Blacklist Couldn't Stop Chris Mitchum

BH Interview: Liberal Blacklist Couldn't Stop Chris Mitchum

“My dad was essentially a philosophical anarchist,” laughs Chris Mitchum about his famous father Robert Mitchum. “He thought that man was basically good and could govern himself, but he hated authority and didn’t care for heavy handed government. He thought

Sayles' 'Amigo' – The Real History Behind the Film

John Sayles may be this country’s most idiosyncratic independent writer-director, though his personal films and novels often look suspiciously Sol Alinsky-ish. Many of Sayles’ films are of a left leaning historical nature and have ranged from early 20th century miner’s

G. I. Film Festival Starts Today!

In the aftermath of the elite Naval Special Warfare Development Group’s successful raid to take out Osama Bin Laden last week, I feel privileged to be covering the only film festival in the world to feature films about the military.

Why John Wayne Still Matters

Recently New York Times blogger and humanities professor Stanley Fish referenced my Big Hollywood review of the Coen Brothers’ remake of John Wayne and Henry Hathaway’s True Grit. Though I have reviewed a film or two for various publications I’ve

John Wayne's Dream: 'The Alamo' at Fifty

The other weekend in San Antonio over 600 people gathered for the 50th anniversary re-premiere and celebration of one of the great American-themed epics of the early 1960s, John Wayne’s The Alamo. People came from far and wide to watch

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