Let freedom ring.

A couple of months ago, I walked through a Seattle farmers' market where people were browsing the bounty of produce, arts, and crafts, and passed some young men who were holding up pictures of Obama that had been altered so he would look like Hitler. And yet they were not arrested. They were not jailed. They were not marked for death. They were free men in a free country, free to express their astonishing ignorance and hatred. Meanwhile... … [Read more...]

Christian to play a Christian?

Zhang Yimou has become quite an unpredictable, interesting director in recent years. He established himself with lush, dramatic, even operatic historical pieces, and more recently reinvented himself as a master of colorful, elaborately choreographed martial arts dramas like Hero and House of Flying Daggers. Along the way, there was the quiet, poetic epic The Road Home. And most recently, he baffled everybody by remaking the Coen Brothers' crime-story classic Blood Simple. What's next? He and … [Read more...]


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