The Music of the Last of the Mohicans

Review of The Last of the Mohicans, Directed by Michael MannWhen I was in high school The Last of the Mohicans (1992) made a profound impression on me. Rewatching it two decades later, I think it was all about the music.The 1992 film that I saw turns out to be a remake of an adaptation of a novel published in 1826 by James Fenimore Cooper. There have been at least eight screen versions of the book, with the 1992 effort being a remake of a 1936 predecessor. What’s more, the book was one o … [Read more...]

Lincoln

A Review of Lincoln, Directed by Steven SpielbergBy PAUL D. MILLERThere is a scene near the end of Steven Spielberg’s luminescent new film Lincoln in which the President paces the White House alone waiting for news of the House of Representatives’ vote on the 13 Amendment, which will abolish slavery once and for all.  It is the moment that will solidify his legacy and ensure the Civil War was fought for something worthwhile.  Bells begin ringing across the city in celebration, heralding t … [Read more...]