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Ed Rampell

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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.  

The Great Hack

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

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Werner Herzog

“More democracy—that was first and foremost our goal. I also wanted more socialism.” A review of the film, “Meeting Mikhail Gorbachev.” Read more

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Werner Herzog

While many people—especially Germans, whose reunification was empowered by Gorbachev’s policies—view him as a Lincoln, others consider him a “traitor” for, they believe, triggering the Soviet Union’s liquidation. Read more

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Nick Wall

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

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

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

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

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Richard F. Outcault

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

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

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From If Beale Street Could Talk

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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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The movie is Lee’s best and most radical film in decades, and a lot of fun as well. Read more

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A review of “American Socialist, The Life & Times of Eugene Victor Debs.” Read more

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Scott Green / Bleecker Street

The thirty-seven-year-old Iowa-raised Foster often plays outsiders and marginalized characters. His most recent film, he says, reminds us there are good people, even in scary times. Read more

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