Ron Capshaw
Louis Menand Tackles Art, Culture, And Politics During The Cold War

With ‘The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War,’ we have another invaluable contribution to the analysis of intellectual thought during the Cold War.

‘Renegades And Rogues’ Misses The Mark On Conan’s Creator

Much of Howard’s “magic” came from his ability to create emotional sincerity through the hatreds and bloodlust of characters like Conan the Barbarian.

Sean Connery’s Masculinity Was In A League All Its Own

When John Wayne died in 1979, an obit writer said he thought Wayne was too tough to die. The same could be said of Connery, an undeniably cool and indestructible man.

In Autobiography, Woody Allen’s Shrillness And Misogyny Cancel Out The Humor

Woody Allen tries and fails to present himself as worlds away from his screen persona of a hopelessly neurotic, oversexed failure with women and an all-around coward.

‘The Intruder’ Can’t Even Be Saved By Dennis Quaid’s Good Acting

The boilerplate horror film is one-dimensional, aided by oblivious characters and poor screenwriting, only partially saved by Quaid’s excellent acting.

Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’ Broods On Resurrection And Guilt

The film implies the dead should have been left alone for their souls to enter the afterlife, but filmmakers chose not to beat viewers over the head here.

Netflix’s ‘The Highwaymen’ Is a Balanced And Glamor-Free Take On The Bonnie And Clyde Saga

Netflix’s ‘The Highwaymen’ shows Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson in top form, honoring their characters while acknowledging their flaws.

‘Apollo 11’ Is A Momentous Documentary Of A Cold War Triumph

‘Apollo 11’ is mythical and patriotic, but does not eschew the hard science that was required to get Americans on the moon.

This Documentary Is What A World That Has Forgotten The Holocaust Needs

Hopefully the new Holocaust documentary ‘Who Will Write Our History?’ will educate millennials about what happened and could happen again.

Raymond Chandler’s Detective Novels Endure Because Of Their Flaws

A new annotated edition of Chandler’s classic book ‘The Big Sleep,’ is a good opportunity to reexamine the atmosphere and attitudes surrounding famed detective Philip Marlowe.

How Stan Lee And Jack Kirby’s Revolutionary Partnership Changed Superheroes

Their partnership was tense, but Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were pioneers.

Rod Serling Was So Much More Than ‘The Twilight Zone’

Nicholas Parisi’s new biography, ‘Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination,’ fails to present a complete picture of the legendary screenwriter who did his best work outside the TV show that made him famous.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Reminds Us What The Music World Lost With Freddie Mercury’s Death

The amazing part of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is how Rami Malek channeled Freddie Mercury rather than impersonated him.

‘Hunter Killer’ Fails As A Submarine Thriller On Almost Every Level

Even Gary Oldman’s dramatic gravitas can’t save this film’s meandering plot and worshipful techno-babble.

‘The Man In The High Castle’ Remains Conceptually Strong For Season Three

Season 3 is as remarkable as the previous ones in propelling the material in an imaginative and intelligent direction.

2018’s ‘Halloween’ And Star Jamie Lee Curtis Amplify The Power Of Guns

Liberal feminists support anti-predator laws and seek to limit, if not eradicate the right of everyone, women included, to bear arms. Not Jamie Lee Curtis.

Why The Original ‘Planet Of The Apes’ Remains A Classic

There is good reason the Library of Congress chose only the original for preservation for being ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.’

The New ‘Murphy Brown’ Is Just As Biased And Out Of Touch As The Last One

The series is simply not funny unless you are a liberal. Its comedy is manipulative. It loads the deck by giving all the best lines to the liberals, while conservatives sputter and flee.

It’s Not Just Beto: Willie Nelson’s Politics Have Always Been Weird

Fans are feeling let down after Willie Nelson announced on Sept. 12 he would be headlining a benefit concert for Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas.

In ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ Offred Wants The Sexy Outfits Feminists Decry

Liberals are offended by the costume, but the oppressed women in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ would have undoubtedly loved to wear it.