Tag Archives: Willem Dafoe

The Last Temptation of Christ

Even though I saw The Last Temptation of Christ many years ago, I’ve always been interested in revisiting it. Does it justify the aura it still has over having been attacked, and largely suppressed by the Christian right? The answer is “yes, but with reservations.” Unlike Mel Gibson’s vulgar, sadistic, and largely brain dead The […]

Mississippi Burning (1988)

What if people on the left had real state power? We’ve all dreamed about it. What if we finally put on our brass knuckles and punched the nearest teabagger in the face? What if the federal government went back into the south, took over the same Florida court system that’s legalized killing blacks, and “stood […]

Out of the Furnace (2013)

In their illustrated novel Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco talk about “economic sacrifice zones.” Camden, New Jersey, the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, McDowell County, West Virginia are pockets of poverty and despair so isolated and so cut off from the American mainstream they might as well be […]