Stumbling Into Mass-Murder


Adam Johnson gets it right: “The U.S., western reporters casually tell us, is simply bumbling through world events without agency and, to the extent it does bad things, it does so not for self interest, ideology, or profit—but because it simply has no choice. It’s “dragged” into war, it “makes mistakes,” but ultimately acts withContinue reading “Stumbling Into Mass-Murder”

How Joe Biden and Neoliberalism Brought Jim Crow Back To Life Via Mass-Incarceration


This is America. Where 25% of the world’s incarcerated (almost all of whom are poor) are housed despite America only having 4% of the world’s population. What’s even more nefarious and cruel is that after getting out of prison, most find themselves totally marginalized from society and no longer get the aid, support or haveContinue reading “How Joe Biden and Neoliberalism Brought Jim Crow Back To Life Via Mass-Incarceration”

Wallace Shawn’s Brave, Sound and Unpopular Thoughts on Woody Allen/Dylan Farrow


As someone who has watched closely the unfolding of the narrative around Woody Allen and daughter Dylan Farrow, I have always been both deeply disturbed by and astounded by the ability for people to become a mob and ignore both facts as well as the possibility of innocence. It has always been troubling to meContinue reading “Wallace Shawn’s Brave, Sound and Unpopular Thoughts on Woody Allen/Dylan Farrow”

New Hal Masonberg Interview on THE PLAGUE: DIRECTOR’S CUT


Below is a new interview with me about an old film I did. Back in 2005, I wrote & directed my first feature film. It was 8 years in the making and from the moment I signed over the script, the film started being systematically undermined (i.e. destroyed) by producers who turned out to beContinue reading “New Hal Masonberg Interview on THE PLAGUE: DIRECTOR’S CUT”

One of the greatest films about being “woke” and starting a People’s Revolution is 82 years old. Maybe it’s time we paid attention.


Frank Capra’s MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON may still be the best film ever made about being “woke.” So many of Capra’s films were parables of ordinary people forced to stand up against the greed and corruption of the rich and powerful. But no film showcases the nationalism and propaganda that preys on and deludesContinue reading “One of the greatest films about being “woke” and starting a People’s Revolution is 82 years old. Maybe it’s time we paid attention.”

Freeing Zach Snyder’s Justice League


I’m not a big fan of the Marvel and DC Universe Hollywood films, though there are a handful that I genuinely enjoy (I am, oddly enough and to my own surprise, a huge fan of the Netflix Marvel Universe interconnected series – go figure). I’m also not someone who has been strongly drawn to directorContinue reading “Freeing Zach Snyder’s Justice League”

The Pro-Corporate Conservative Dog-Whistle that is HILLBILLY ELEGY


I was incredibly disappointed to see that Ron Howard was making a film version of HILLBILLY ELEGY for Netflix. I’ve never been much of a fan of Howard’s films as director, but have always admired his work as an actor ever since he was a kid. My concern about HILLBILLY ELEGY is that its author,Continue reading “The Pro-Corporate Conservative Dog-Whistle that is HILLBILLY ELEGY”

A Letter From BLM To The Next President and VP-Elect. If They Don’t Listen, What’s Next?


Below is a letter from Black Lives Matter Organizers to president elect Biden, who was the head architect of modern day mass incarceration of black and brown communities, fought for longer, harsher sentencing for people of color, more prisons, more aggressive policing in poor communities, supported segregation and segregationists, and spent decades on TV andContinue reading “A Letter From BLM To The Next President and VP-Elect. If They Don’t Listen, What’s Next?”

Combatting False Narratives: Neither Safe Nor Politic Nor Popular


I’ve been thinking about better ways to articulate why I feel that it is my moral and ethical duty to not only publicly call out Joe Biden on his horribly racist and conservative record, but to counter the false narrative that he is going to restore democracy and address mass-inequality. I am repeatedly told byContinue reading “Combatting False Narratives: Neither Safe Nor Politic Nor Popular”

MLK and the Nefarious Nature of “Polite” Racism


While it is critical that we call out overt racism – the blatant, low-hanging-fruit represented by men like Trump, Nazis and White Supremest groups, it may be even more critical to both recognize and call out those forms of systemic racism that are not as apparent, not as immediately recognizable; those forms of racism thatContinue reading “MLK and the Nefarious Nature of “Polite” Racism”