Pete Vonder Haar

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  • Tales of the Old West continue to make up a significant portion of our cultural narrative, mostly because we still like to comfort ourselves with stories showing that ours is a land of opportunity. Making the trek to the American frontier...

  • 5 months ago | Film Reviews

    Tales of the Old West continue to make up a significant portion of our cultural narrative, mostly because we still like to comfort ourselves with stories showing that ours is a land of opportunity. Making the trek to the American frontier promised...

  • Setting your romantic epic against a historical backdrop is a risky proposition: Lend too much weight to actual events (especially those as horrific as in the 1967–70 Nigerian-Biafran War) and you risk rendering your tale irrelevant;...

  • The rich get richer, the poor get the picture, as noted U.S. policy experts Midnight Oil once said. And in America at the outset of the 21st century, the picture for those at the ass end of the wealth distribution spectrum is getting very bleak...

  • Peter Landesman's well-intentioned but unfulfilling Parkland hints at the enormity of what took place on November 22, 1963, but largely confines itself to the immediate aftermath of the assassination. Based on prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's...

  • 2 years ago | Film Reviews

    "What a shitty place to die." Whatever your feelings about Dallas, that's a pretty harsh assessment. Then again, the character in Peter Landesman's well-intentioned but unfulfilling Parkland who says it, an aide to fallen President John F. Kennedy...