First Monday in October (1981)

First Monday in October (1981)
“Inherit the Rom-Com” I’m just finishing up teaching a delightful course with my colleague, Bill Freivogel, a lawyer who covered the Supreme Court for many years as a journalist for The St. Louis-Post Dispatch. Our course, entitled “Which Supremes?” studies the Supreme Court and its relationships to film and television. The most interesting discovery I ...

Ghostbusters (2016)

Ghostbusters (2016)
“And the Franchise is Still Standing!” The new Ghostbusters has garnered a stunningly negative reaction. Fans have taken the position that such films ruin their childhoods by replacing beloved male heroes with women. Among the infantile misogyny directed at the film: “Feminists ruin the world” and “Women are just incapable of being funny.” Meanwhile, a ...

Fargo: Season Two (2015)

Fargo: Season Two (2015)
“Building an Empire State” The second season of Fargo (FX, 2015) is devoted to the fall of empire. In the season finale, “Palindrome” (12/14/2015), Mike Milligan (Bokeem Woodbine) catches one of the Gerhardt’s lackeys pilfering from the family homestead now that almost everyone in the clan is dead. The irreverent gangster gloats at his new ...