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Philip Martin

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MovieStyle Editor/Columnist

MovieStyle Editor, columnist

Recent Stories by Philip Martin

Critical Mass: Study in sight and sound

posted: 02/26/2017 2:11 a.m. Discuss

Once in Arizona I heard an old cowboy say, "A border is a scar on the landscape," and from the way he said it, I assumed it was an old American Indian saying, a bit of folk wisdom handed down through generations, taken for granted and hardly thought about.

OPINION: The many uses of kindness

posted: 02/26/2017 1:51 a.m. Comment 1

In his more autobiographical than it might first appear novel Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut writes:

On Film: Winners and losers: Panel picks its faves for Oscar glory

posted: 02/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The 89th annual Academy Awards will be broadcast Sunday night. As is our custom, we've assembled some highly invested industry observers and award mavens to help you -- yes, you, dear reader -- win your Oscar night party pool.

Review: I Am Not Your Negro

posted: 02/24/2017 1:48 a.m. Discuss

I Am Not Your Negro, a documentary by Haitian-born filmmaker Raoul Peck, has become one of the favorites to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Film at the Oscar party Sunday night. That this will matter much is not clear. Few of us recall the past winners in the category, and a shiny statue is unlikely to compel those otherwise disinclined to see a movie about one of America's last public intellectuals -- a black gay writer who died in 1987.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: A leader, not a ruler

posted: 02/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

George Washington looms large over this nation's creation story, an impossibly remote and fabulous figure. He is the American Moses delivering a chosen people from the tyranny of the Imperial British. Washington is the father of his country, the cardinal personification of the United States, the First Hero. We carry his portrait in our wallets. Our capital city, a state, and at least 33 counties and seven mountains are named for him.

Critical Mass: Finding brilliance in Beavis and Butt-Head

posted: 02/19/2017 2:03 a.m. Discuss

About 30 years ago, an academic named Allan Bloom wandered out of Chicago's South Side muttering something about "the closing of the American mind." He wrote a book with that title that became an unlikely best-seller -- one of those books that a lot of us buy but few of us read -- that was met with polarized reviews. His premise was that American culture was contemptible; that the students he encountered every day as a professor were not only ignorant but -- through years of exposure to vulgar sensations, chief among them rock music -- had been desensitized to beauty.

OPINION: We have some questions

posted: 02/19/2017 1:52 a.m. Comments 5

Stephen Miller's ominous-sounding imperative notwithstanding, I have some questions for this president.

Columnist: PHILIP MARTIN: Lincoln's better words

posted: 02/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except Negroes." When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal, except Negroes and foreigners and Catholics." When it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty -- to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.

On Books: Emmett Till saga retold in book's painful details

posted: 02/12/2017 2 a.m. Discuss

'Twas down in Mississippi not so long ago,

Columnists: Checking in with the Dictator in Exile

posted: 02/12/2017 1:47 a.m. Comments 2

The Dictator in Exile wears no socks.

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