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This tale of the dissipation of a Welsh coal-mining family at the turn of the twentieth century was intended to be another Gone with the Wind.

A town would be in rough shape without its good-hearted banker. That's what many people would call a fantasy.

This was supposed to be Charlie Chaplin's first talkie, but he wisely realized that to preserve the charm of the Little Tramp, he also had to preserve the silence.

Aging numbers-man Burt Lancaster yearns for the day when even the Atlantic Ocean "was something."

Preston Sturges received two Oscar nominations for 1944 films. This was one of them--even though it was written on the fly as it was being filmed.

...And their sons. This film had the unusual distinction of starring two "Jr."s, Lon Chaney and Noah Beery, both scions of silent film actors.

A movie that portrays politicians as corrupt? Believe it or not, this film nearly didn't get made for precisely that reason.

In the era of the antihero, few were more antiheroic than Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker.

Oliver Stone's answer to probably every John Wayne war film ever made.

The horror film that unfairly tarnished the reputation of good gorillas everywhere.

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In this week’s Altercation Eric honors artists and writers whose careers have stood the test of time.

May 5, 2015

The best TV shows, albums and concerts: it's all inside today's Altercation.

March 12, 2015

A win for the Edward Snowden documentary is a win for democracy.

February 23, 2015

For people who truly care about this issue, there's more to do than glory in Ms. Arquette's acceptance speech.

February 23, 2015

The new documentary following Dutch doctor Rebecca Gomperts provides important context to necessary change for global reproductive rights.

January 12, 2015

Pushing this country forward takes more than a sympathetic president.

January 8, 2015

It took MLK’s activism and LBJ’s leadership to pass the Voting Rights Act.

January 8, 2015

Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe on his documentary.  

October 14, 2014

Many journalists went after Webb, destroying his reputation and driving him out of the profession and into a suicidal depression. Now they’re at it again.

October 10, 2014