Author Archives: Telly Davidson

The Perils and Pleasures of Pauline Kael

Today marks the 100th birthday of one of our most influential film critics—whose wit and independence is becoming a lost art.

Being a Black, Gay Conservative in a Polarized World

Ashton Theodore-Randle checks all the diversity boxes. But are they all the wrong ones for the GOP?

How Michael Jackson Became the Thriller Monster

A new documentary forces us to look at this broken Peter Pan and wonder how we can ever hear him the same way again.

The Oscars Stop Bashing Trump and Start Leading by Example

It was a diverse set of winners on Sunday night, even if it still attracted the ire of the woke.

Pulp Rules: How Sundance Made Indie Movies Mainstream

Two years, 1989 and 1994, sparked a movement that has been all but absorbed by Hollywood today.

A Vice President With Few Virtues

A tough new Dick Cheney biopic is triggering some conservatives. Have they learned nothing?

Saying Goodbye to the Preachy #Resistance Sitcom

Murphy Brown was supposed to be a woke reboot. It ended up feeling long in the tooth.

The Man Who Was Supposed to Be President

The media created Gary Hart, and when he offered them a scandal, they tore him right back down.

The Sad Death of “All Politics is Local”

How did our federalist system give way to today’s nationalized cable news-fueled smackdowns?

In Fahrenheit 11/9, Moore Turns Hose on Media and Mushy Middle

And still manages to trigger both the left and right extremes.

Meltdown 2008: A Grim Anniversary for the Middle Class

The destruction wrought by our political and financial elites could take another 10 years to undo.

The Village Voice Goes Silent, Finally

The storied alt-weekly was home to the great iconoclastic writers of New York journalism. But times changed.

What The West Wing Cult Revival Says About 2018 Politics

The 1990s political drama was a sanctimonious ‘Fantasy Island’ made by boomers. So why are Millennials binging on it now?

SNL’s Spirit of ‘76

A new book reminds us of one of America’s most underrated elections—and of when funny shows were fun.

Good Riddance, Jerry Springer

TV’s king of trash finally signs off, leaving us more like him than we’d care to admit.

Remembering the Iconic TV Dad

From Mike Brady to Archie Bunker, small-screen fathers offered us hope and satire while defying categorization.

Roseanne’s Profound Ingratitude

She had a chance and she blew it. Her deep unprofessionalism is to blame.

The Anti-Respectability Politics of Philip Roth

The iconic postwar novelist shocked a generation by aggressively daring people to confront and even reclaim Jewish-American stereotypes.

Ford Says Farewell

Why America’s most iconic automaker plans to drive their passenger sedans into the sunset.

An American Murder Story

The capture of the “Golden State Killer” brings back a violent era that still defines our fears today.

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