Divorce: The 1980 Oscars

Historian Elaine Tyler May has argued that preoccupation with the family--political cries for family values and the like--is usually a response to┬ápolitical┬áchanges, rather than demographic ones. Panic about the family is often a conservative response to perceived threats to the American nation. In the U.S., you see focus on the family particularly in the 1950s … Continue reading Divorce: The 1980 Oscars

Watergate Does Not Bother Me: the 1977 Oscars

When I started this post I thought it was going to be about journalism and Watergate. But it turns out these movies have a lot more to do with anger, resentment, and masculinity--by 1976 (the year the movies came out), this was how political weariness manifested. In all the movies I saw, the city streets … Continue reading Watergate Does Not Bother Me: the 1977 Oscars

TBT Film Review: A Little Romance (1979)

I recently watched George Roy Hill's "A Little Romance" (1979) with my parents while home for a visit. I thought I'd share my thoughts on this precocious, absurd, teen love story and romp around France and Italy. Honestly, regardless of the merits of the film's narrative, I'm in it for the style on display here. … Continue reading TBT Film Review: A Little Romance (1979)