Author Archives: srogouski

This Week’s Mass Murder

It’s that time of the week again. A nondescript white male loser has decided to take a military grade semi-automatic weapon out in public and use his fellow Americans for target practice. Yesterday, in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School of Parkland, Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 of his former classmates, almost one for every […]

Phil Ochs on Jesus Christ

Phil Ochs, a secular leftist Jew, gets much closer to the real meaning of Christianity than any right-wing evangelical dickbag.

Denis Lavant: The Greatest Actor of My Generation

As a young man in Mauvais Sang. As a middle aged man in Holy Motors. Denis Lavant, the French/American film director Leos Carax’s long time muse is the greatest actor of my generation and quite possibly the greatest pure physical actor who’s ever lived, fully the equal of Buster Keaton or young Laurence Olivier.

The Edukators (2004)

If you want more of the Cornel West vs. Ta-Nehisi Coates debate but are sick of Cornel West and Ta-Nehisi Coates here’s a great forgotten movie. Three young Generation X punks kidnap a liberal Boomer capitalist pig and try to talk him out of his illusion that you can be both a capitalist and a […]

Casablanca (1942): Pseudo Anti-Fascism, Real Sexism, Genuine Racism

Originally posted on Writers Without Money:
Originally made to lend the war against the Nazis an air of Hollywood glamour, and directed by the ideologically baffling Michael Curtiz, who shortly thereafter would go onto make the openly pro-Stalinist Mission to Moscow, Casablanca might best be called a “pseudo-anti-fascist romance.” While it has aged better than…

On Being a Failed Writer

Originally posted on Writers Without Money:
At the age of 50, I am a failed writer. Except for a few articles on CounterPunch, everything I’ve published has been self-published. I’ve worked tens of thousands of hours, written hundreds of thousands of words, and have never made a dime. Had I spent the same amount of…

Sarah Polley and Hollywood Rape Culture

Fans of the Armenian Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan will recognize Sarah Polley from Exotica, where she played a victim of emotional abuse, and The Sweet Hereafter, where she played a victim of sexual abuse. You might also remember her as Abigail Adams Smith, an intelligent and sensitive young woman unable to come out from under the […]

Harvey Weinstein’s Reign of Misogynistic Terror

That Harvey Weinstein is a sexual harasser as well as a fat, gross pig — think Chris Christie as the head of a Hollywood studio waiving his dick at any available young woman — has always been Hollywood’s worst kept secret. Until Ronan Farrow published a series of interviews with his victims, however, it was […]

Silence of the Lambs (1991) Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Originally posted on Writers Without Money:
A decade after having its reputation damaged by the Church Committee and revelations about Cointelpro, the FBI turned to turned to Hollywood. In films like The Untouchables (1987), Mississippi Burning (1988), and The Fugitive (1993), federal agents no longer spy on anti-war-activists or put microphones under Martin Luther King’s…

The Best Years of Our Lives Punching Nazis

Whenever any debate on social media about the ethics of “punching Nazis” comes up, I often think of a scene from The Best Years of Our Lives, William Wyler’s classic film about three American veterans making a difficult transition to civilian life after the Second World War. Fred Derry, a working class man who received […]