Author Archives: srogouski

The Immigrant (2013)

Between 1880 and 1924, approximately twenty-five million immigrants settled in the United States, mostly from Eastern and Southern Europe. If their story has figured prominently in American cinema, as I have argued previously, it is not well-understood. From the original Scarface to 1970s classics like The Godfather to 1990s TV miniseries like The Sopranos, the […]

Motherhood, Leftism and Feminism

Originally posted on Thoughts From my Kitchen:
Credit: fiverr Going back to the kitchen radicalized me. I became a leftist and a socialist. I now fully understand and appreciate how┬áRussian women headed into the streets in 1917 full of rage and fury. Pissing off women who spend their days in the kitchen is not a…

In Praise of The Gong Show

Originally posted on Writers Without Money:
As the time spent with the screen approaches or surpasses the time spent outside it, so the parables, overt or otherwise, of men trapped in their own creations or those of others, of individuals trapped in the television pile up in increasing quantities. They pile up without our noticing…

Surviving in the Hellscape that’s to Come

My eighty-year-old mother fell and broke her hip for the second time in three years. It was partly my fault. Last month we both went to my cousin’s daughter’s birthday party. It was flu season. There were a lot of children, and the rented hall turned out to be a germ sink. I was flat […]

Democrats are Unwittingly Killing Themselves and Want To Take You With Them

Originally posted on Non bona dicta:
The democratic party keeps knocking back hemlock in spite of repeated warnings of its lethal potency. Unfortunately the party suffers from severe memory loss and insist it is the GOP, or leftists, or progressives who drank from the poisoned cup. The dems are now tapping their feet, impatiently checking…

Hell or High Water (2016)

As most historians know, from 1934 to 1968 American cinema was more heavily censored than any other film industry in the western world. The Motion Picture Production Code, the fruit of a partnership between the major Hollywood studios and the Catholic Church, had strict rules about what we could, and could not see in movie […]

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Manchester by the Sea is the worst kind of bad movie. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan, whose previous films include the acclaimed You Can Count On Me, and featuring a cast that includes this year’s Best Actor winner Casey Affleck, the always excellent Michelle Williams, and a terrific young newcomer named Lucas Hedges, it is so […]

O.J.: Made in America (2016)

In Spike Lee’s 1989 film Do the Right Thing, Mookie, a delivery man played by Lee himself, has a brief argument with Pino, the racist older son of his employer, the owner of Sal’s Pizza. Unlike his father, Pino has no hesitation about voicing his contempt for black people, but Mookie has already noticed a […]

Arrival (2016)

(Spoilers ahead: It would be impossible to write about this film without spoilers so I won’t even try.) Arrival, the French Canadian director Dennis Villeneuve’s followup to the excellent Sicario, is based on a compelling premise. If we ever make contact with aliens what language would they speak? The problem for me was no so […]

The Magnificent Ambersons (1918) The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

A revolutionary novel by a forgotten reactionary novelist. My hometown of Roselle, NJ is in a very old part of the United States. Elizabeth, the nearest big city, was founded in 1664. Westfield, the most important town in the western part of the county, was settled in 1712, and contains a house that date all […]