Ed Rampell

rampell4 (1)_0.jpg.jpe

Ed Rampell is a Los Angeles-based film historian and critic who contributes regularly to The Progressive; he created the Progie Awards in 2007 to highlight the year’s best progressive films and filmmakers. Rampell is the author of the 2005 book Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States and the coauthor of three other film history books, most recently The Hawaii Movie and Television Book.  

If the press is the “fourth estate,” the cinema is arguably the fifth. “Official Secrets” indicts Blair, Bush, and other mass murderers in the court of public opinion—at a theater near you. Read more


American Factory

Participant Media

A Chinese billionaire reopens a shuttered Ohio GM plant, hiring some 2,000 Americans to work side-by-side with imported Chinese workers. Culture clash or cultural revolution? Read more

Dispatches 1 Comments

Angus MacAskill teaser.jpg

Angus MacAskill

It’s no panacea, but it can help heal our wounded nation. Read more

Dispatches 3 Comments

Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 12.55.48 PM.png

Magnolia Pictures / Magnet Releasing

Belkin does viewers a great service by reminding us of one of broadcast journalism’s most outspoken gladiators, who at his finest boldly yelled truth to power. Read more


The Great Hack


“Digital rights are human rights.” A review of the film, The Great Hack. Read more


Meeting Gorbachev.png

Werner Herzog

While many people view him as a Lincoln, others consider him a “traitor” for, they believe, triggering the Soviet Union’s liquidation. A review of the film, “Meeting Gorbachev.” Read more


Red Joan.jpg

Nick Wall

At the height of the Cold War, five members of Britain’s nuclear program passed secrets along to the USSR. Read more


Seven actors meet at the intersection of Hollywood and activism. Read more



Magnolia Pictures

“The Brink” takes down a phony “populist” provocateur. Read more


Holly Near.jpg

Courtesy Holly Near

In a new documentary, PBS explores the legacy of singer and activist Holly Near. Read more



Richard F. Outcault

Film Review of “Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People.” Read more


Richard Grant.JPG

Ed Rampell

The 2019 “Spirit Awards” honor progressive, diverse, inclusive films. Are such categories becoming irrelevant? Read more


If Beale Street Could Talk.png

From If Beale Street Could Talk

Finally, James Baldwin’s big screen U.S. debut. Read more

Dispatches 1 Comments


Chessum/Supervision. Photo courtesy of Magnolia.

The best exposé on Fox in years dives into its former chief’s history of racism and the sexual misconduct that would ultimately be his undoing. Read more




A new docuseries begs the question: is the enemy of our enemy really our friend? Read more


How to survive family Thanksgiving and a dictatorial state. Read more


In 1917, striking copper miners were rounded up at gunpoint and dumped in the middle of a New Mexico desert on the orders of their employer. A new genre-bending film tells their story, and its ripple effects. Read more


The action of Daniel’s metaphorical one-act drama, “Gunshot,” takes place on a spectral set where characters wake up to their condition and decide to make a change. Read more


The cinematic son of America’s industrial proletariat launches a blistering broadside. Read more