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Andrew O'Hehir is a senior writer for Salon.
The “American Sniper” Cultural Moment: How Iraq Became the New Vietnam
Posted on: Feb 1, 2015, Source: Salon.com
America went to war for 10 years and we missed it. Now Iraq is back to torment us, as mythology and macho fantasy.
Why Americans Are Giant Hypocrites About Free Speech
Posted on: Jan 17, 2015, Source: Salon
Yeah, the French look like merde arresting a comedian for a Facebook post. But we're free-speech hypocrites too.
The NYPD’s Mini-Rebellion, and the True Face of American Fascism
Posted on: Jan 5, 2015, Source: Salon
The NYC cop crisis taps into a vein of authoritarian longing -- but the real risk of fascism may be harder to see.
Don't Believe the Haters: Why 2014 Was a Great Year for Movies
Posted on: Dec 29, 2014, Source: Salon
Don't believe the haters! From a Texas family epic to class war on a train, it was an amazing year at the movies.
Sony’s Debacle: How 'The Interview' Became the Most Insane Cultural-Political Spectacle in Recent History
Posted on: Dec 18, 2014, Source: Salon
It seems that North Korea has assassinated a really dumb movie.
America's Torture Machine Is No Aberration—It's Part of Our Imperial Decline
Posted on: Dec 14, 2014, Source: Salon.com
Can we quit pretending torture is some huge departure from America's behavior?
Democracy Crisis: We Are Enslaving Ourselves to Illegitimate Power
Posted on: Dec 7, 2014, Source: Salon.com
Americans have surrendered democracy—the consequences are murder.
White Americans and Black Americans Live in Two Different Countries
Posted on: Nov 30, 2014, Source: Salon.com
If the Ferguson tragedy offers a vivid reminder of our bitter divisions, it also offers moments of revelation.
'Bad Turn Worse' Is a Thriller Worth Going to See
Posted on: Nov 11, 2014, Source: Salon
Part Tarantino, part Coen Bros.
America's Nightmare Politics: Why Is Our Democracy So Toxic?
Posted on: Nov 8, 2014, Source: Salon.com
Will American politics ever break free from its "Groundhog Day" nightmare? Someday—but it might not be pretty.
From Gary Webb to James Risen: The Struggle for the Soul of Journalism
Posted on: Oct 25, 2014, Source: Salon.com
Two courageous reporters dug up dark government secrets. Only one was betrayed by his peers. Why did it happen?
“Citizenfour”: Laura Poitras’ Secret Snowden Documentary Is Electric
Posted on: Oct 14, 2014, Source: Salon
A gripping real-life spy thriller about the Snowden-Greenwald meetings got several standing ovations at NY premiere.
The 'Death of Adulthood' Is Really Just Capitalism at Work
Posted on: Sep 15, 2014, Source: Salon
Here's what A.O. Scott's lamentation about adulthood in pop culture misses: our economic transformation.
Why Acknowledging White Privilege Is Not Surrendering to “White Guilt”
Posted on: Aug 31, 2014, Source: Salon.com
Recognizing the historic burden of whiteness is not self-abasement or lame apology.
White Privilege: An Insidious Virus that’s Eating America from Within
Posted on: Aug 23, 2014, Source: Salon.com
Ferguson offers white people a chance to understand the price of our privilege—and the way it oppresses us, too.
Israel: America’s Frankenstein Monster
Posted on: Jul 19, 2014, Source: Salon.com
Israel's harshest critics and most ardent defenders agree on one thing: The battle is really about America.
How Republicans Can Save Themselves—As the Party of Legal Weed
Posted on: Jul 12, 2014, Source: Salon.com
A modest proposal that might redeem the GOP (or at least make it a lot cooler): Seize the marijuana moment.
“Transformers”: Robot Warriors of the Tea Party Attack
Posted on: Jun 29, 2014, Source: Salon.com
Once a defense of the war on terror, Michael Bay's robot franchise mirrors the GOP's decline into paranoid whining.
“Snowpiercer” Is the Movie of the Year, At Least So Far
Posted on: Jun 28, 2014, Source: Salon
The 99 percent fight back aboard a train to nowhere, in a dazzling action flick that's also a political parable.
“The Internet’s Own Boy”: How the Government Destroyed Aaron Swartz
Posted on: Jun 25, 2014, Source: Salon
A film tells the story of the coder-activist who fought corporate power and corruption — and paid a cruel price.
Meet the Woman Who Made Creationists Apoplectic, Inspiring Neil deGrasse Tyson's 'Cosmos'
Posted on: Jun 22, 2014, Source: Salon.com
The widow of Carl Sagan discusses science vs. religion, and how men get credit for her work.
Slenderman: Nightmarish Info-demon or Misunderstood Cultural Icon?
Posted on: Jun 8, 2014, Source: Salon.com
No, a made-up monster didn’t cause a tragic crime.
'Citizen Koch': The Movie About Our Sick Democracy PBS Tried to Kill
Posted on: Jun 4, 2014, Source: Salon
Dumped by public TV, this long-brewing documentary explores the Koch brothers, Wisconsin and the death of the GOP.
Was American Democracy Always Doomed?
Posted on: May 17, 2014, Source: Salon.com
Most critiques of democracy as it currently exists assume that democracy can and should be fixed. Is that too optimistic?
'Godzilla' is the best action movie since 'Jaws'
Posted on: May 16, 2014, Source: Salon
Magnificent action, visual daring and an unexpected moral depth make the new "Godzilla" an awesome surprise.
Donald Sterling, Ritual Scapegoat
Posted on: May 3, 2014, Source: Salon.com
Shaming an old creep for his outmoded bigotry was empty political theater, and did nothing to address real racism.
10 Best Movies of 2013
Posted on: Dec 25, 2013, Source: Salon
The year's top 10, from Sarah Polley's family chronicle to "12 Years a Slave" to Scorsese's audacious comeback.
10 Movies that Are Perfect for the Holiday Weekend
Posted on: Nov 29, 2013, Source: Salon.com
A selection of recent releases to entertain in-laws and teenagers alike (and a few for just the grown-ups).
Understanding the Culture of White Right-Wing Rage That Produced the Govt. Shutdown
Posted on: Oct 5, 2013, Source: Salon.com
What we can learn from the Philadelphia firebombing of 1985.
How Many Americans Are Rotting in Prison Because of Secret Evidence Collected by Spy Agencies?
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013, Source: Salon
The drug war and the terror war have poisoned our justice system.
“Lovelace”: The Troubled Porn Star Who Changed History
Posted on: Aug 10, 2013, Source: Salon.com
Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard are terrific, but the soapy "Lovelace" tells only part of a fascinating story.
"How to Make Money Selling Drugs"—A Mockumentary that Packs a Punch
Posted on: Jun 26, 2013, Source: Salon
Faux educational documentary makes the point that the 'war on drugs' will never be won and is an unmitigated disaster
'World War Z': The Zombie Apocalypse Gets Super-sized
Posted on: Jun 22, 2013, Source: Salon
Brad Pitt's $200 million zombie epic is exciting cinema, but its sloppy, lazy script rips off many better films.
America the Brave New World: The United States Is Realizing the Dystopian Nightmares of Our Best Science Fiction
Posted on: Jun 16, 2013, Source: Salon
As in Huxley, Philip Dick, and "The Matrix," we chose the simulacrum of democracy and “freedom” instead of the real things.
How Boston Exposes America’s Dark Post-9/11 Bargain
Posted on: Apr 21, 2013, Source: Salon
Why did this story drive the whole country nuts? Because we traded rights for "security," and didn't get either.
Is Pope Francis a Fraud?
Posted on: Mar 16, 2013, Source: Salon
After a right-wing coup crushed the reforms of Vatican II, one scholar says the last two popes are illegitimate.
Andrew O’Hehir’s 10 Best Movies of 2012
Posted on: Dec 26, 2012, Source: Salon.com
Maybe film culture isn't dying just yet: The year in movies brought richness and breadth — and controversy!
The War On Christmas Movies
Posted on: Dec 8, 2012, Source: Salon.com
What does the awfulness of most Yule-themed movies tell us about the reality of our so-called favorite holiday?
“Hyde Park on Hudson”: Bill Murray’s Lonely, Horny FDR
Posted on: Dec 6, 2012, Source: Salon
FDR is depicted as a blithe, womanizing creep who makes JFK and John Edwards look like bumbling frat boys.
Hey, Liberals: You Haven’t Won The Culture War
Posted on: Nov 13, 2012, Source: Salon.com
120 million voters united only by the belief that the other side’s candidate was a nightmare, was only the most recent illustration of a profound cultural divide in American life.
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