Mine Boy is a novel based on African literature written by Peter Abrahams and published on 1946. Abrahams was a South African author and journalist. His work, Mine Boy, is considered a central book in drawing attention to the discrimination and...

Zero Hour! was released in 1957. Directed by Hall Bartlett, written by Arthur Hailey, Hall Bartlett and John Champion and produced by John C. Champion along with Hall Bartlett. The film was distributed by Paramount Pictures and had an estimated...

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine was written by Michael Lewis and first published in 2010. Lewis wrote the book to trace the many factors that led to the United States housing bubble, which burst catastrophically in 2008. By the time he...

Citizenfour was released in 2014. It is a documentary directed by Laura Poitras and produced by Mathilde Bonnefoy, Laura Poitras and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh. The film focuses on Poitrais's interaction with Edward Snowden in...

"Memory Green" by Archibald MacLeish, though not one of MacLeish's most famous poems, is highly characteristic of his style and prowess. The poem, published in 1930, contains several of his signatures as a poet: the use of natural imagery to...

In 1928, MacLeish produced what many consider to be the defining manifesto for modernist poetry, “Ars Poetica,” with the famous concluding line insisting that

“A poem should not mean / But be.”

One of the conventions of modernism was, perhaps...

The Philadelphia Story remains one of the best-loved romantic comedies—more specifically, a “comedy of remarriage”—of the 20th century, and features a stunning cast of Hollywood heavyweights delivering some of the most crystalline dialogue in...

Sunset Boulevard is a 1950 film noir, melodrama, and dark comedy directed by visionary filmmaker Billy Wilder, who also co-wrote the screenplay with one of his longtime collaborators, Charles Brackett. The duo initially conceived the film as a...

Les Murray is a talented Australian poet born during 1938. Murray didn't have an easy start in life as he was raised in poverty while living on his grandparents' farm in Bunyah, New South Wales. Yet this period of his life significantly shaped the...

Eugene O’Neill’s famed Mourning Becomes Electra is a complex and tragic play in three parts. Set in New England at the close of the Civil War, it was first published and staged in 1931. The play is based off Aeschylus’s Greek tragedy The Oresteia...

Adaptation was written by Charlie Kaufman and based upon The Orchid Thief, a book by Susan Orlean. Kaufman's journey of battling writer's block in adapting the book become the the film which Spike Jonze directed. It was released in 2002 with a...

The Coen Brothers almost certainly belong to a very restricted coterie of filmmaker who could make a movie titled The Big Lebowski without that title character being the focus of the story. The Big Lebowski was the follow-up to the Coen Brothers’...

Fargo is a 1996 film from the Coen Brothers which is universally regarded as one of their best and considered their peak cinematic achievement thus far by a substantial number of fans and critics. Frances McDormand received her first Academy Award...

Released on Christmas Day of 2017, Phantom Thread is a drama film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Encompassing the ideas of influence and greed, the movie seems to bring to life ever-relevant themes. Set in 1954, the film has received over a...