How A Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative was doomed from its start, and the will of the people of Mississippi was thwarted.

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Democracy in design is as simple as one, two, three. One, people vote; two, the votes are counted; three, majority rules.

However, as we’ve seen over practically the entirety of Uncle Sam’s lifespan, Democracy in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave is as simple as one, nine, seven, sledgehammer, billygoat.

The latest State Supreme Court decision in my home state of Mississippi added another throb to the ever-growing vein in my forehead. It regarded something called Initiative 65. …


Check your temps and mark your ballots, OSCAR-93 is here.

This is going to be the weirdest Academy Awards ever, whether the telecast succeeds or flops. Two months late (the latest delay in the Academy’s 93-year history), plagued with lingering droplets of a Pandemic (70% of the country still isn’t fully vaccinated), and set in over 20 locations. But, that isn’t all. The new team of Oscars Producers have a bold plan to re-conceptualize the show.

What if the biggest night in film…were a movie?

Probably a question that has never crossed your mind, but it’s gonna be answered on Sunday, April 25th. …


With the 27th Screen Actors Guild Awards kicking off in a few days, a voter talks craft, politics, and (of course), the nominees.

Last year, I spoke to a non-ranking member of the Screen Actors Guild, a part of SAG-AFTRA, to dish on the then-upcoming annual awards ceremony honoring the best performances by fellow thespians of the screen.

Now, almost fifteen months later, the world has completely changed.

The effects of the coronavirus, which entered the country a mere four days after our last interview, has halted most productions and shut down gatherings among members of the guild, a union founded by actors in 1933. On top of that, hundreds of staffers have been laid off in several waves of job cuts coinciding…


I’ve spent the last several days researching and…


The underrated screenwriter survived banishment from the industry he helped change — by resisting.

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The death of screenwriter Walter Bernstein did not make many headlines yesterday, nor were any A-listers or make-shift, cracker jack film forums sharing tributes on social media. Indeed, Film Twitter remained quiet (for once). Yet, Bernstein’s passing at the ripe age of 101 beckons more than remembrance of a talented, trailblazing writer, it commands some retrospection on a dark period of American history.

26-year old Walter Bernstein entered Hollywood in 1947, Mank-Era. At the time, the industry was heavily politically active. Unions had only just become welcome but struggled to survive. When Bernstein penned his first on-screen credit as a…


Netflix delivers the dishes as the holiday season begins

Mank and Hillbilly Elegy are owned by Netflix, Inc.

The past week has seen the release of two highly-anticipated politically-infused features — albeit in a continued period of a plague, Washington turmoil, and a creative drought. Sure, we can’t (and shouldn’t) pack the theaters, but Netflix has brought some light into the void that has been the film industry. What is typically my favorite period of the year looks different, but nevertheless I welcome the floodgates of Oscar-bait. The show must go on.

Hillbilly Elegy

The biggest Turkey served on Thanksgiving was the Ron Howard-helmed Vanessa Taylor adaptation of J.D. Vance’s 2016 bestselling memoir. …


I talk about the future and pay tribute to Carl Reiner

(thats me on the left and Carl Reiner on the right, in case you were confused)

Today is my twentieth birthday. What I am feeling is the naive optimism of incoming adulthood and a bit of angst. I feel as though I’ve been sitting on my ass for too long.

There’s a song I used to sing constantly from the movie White Christmas that sometimes made me cry. It goes like this:

If you’re worried and you can’t sleep
Count your blessings instead of sheep
And you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings

Four months of quarantine prompts MUCH time for introspection. Perhaps that is the reason why a lot of us are so fed up with…


Matthew Lopez’s acclaimed new seven-hour long gay epic looks at systemic and internal homophobia between generations

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One may as well begin with E.M. Forster. To be specific, his renowned work of literature Howard’s End, which serves as an inspiration for many. Surely, a young writer hoping to explore the turmoil and triumph in the span of a life will find no better representative than Howard’s End, the inspiration behind the Broadway adaptation called The Inheritance.

Writer Matthew Lopez has given us such a triumph of playwriting with his newest Broadway hit that chronicles several years of a life. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of The Inheritance is that its momentum was shot down by Coronavirus. Much like…


Spike Lee’s newest joint is well-crafted and perfectly timed, but not solely for this moment

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“We were convinced that we could not limit our vision to certain rights for black people…but instead affirmed the conviction that America would never be free or saved from itself until the descendants of its slaves were loosed completely from the shackles they still wear.”

So spoke the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4th, 1967. Exactly one year before he was murdered.

And, so is the note that ends Academy Award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee’s newest joint, Da 5 Bloods. Like most of his work, it is not exactly a note of positivity. …


The Current Black Lives Matter protests haven’t decreased in momentum — and they shouldn’t.

(Image from the official website of the Black Lives Matter movement)

In celebration of the start of Pride Month this past week, I was initially intending on discussing Matthew Lopez’s newest play The Inheritance as an addition to my Intermission series. Upon the unrest following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minnesota Police Department, now does not feel like the time for me to celebrate a work about a dozen rich and middle-class cis white gay men.

Like all of you, I have been experiencing waves of anger, disgust, despair, and the reassurance of power within my voice. I will elaborate on each one of these.

Anger

Dylan James

Screenwriter, Author, Actor, but most importantly, Viewer. Lover of visual arts and drama, commentator on what’s happening in film, theater, and literature.

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