John Ford

Hollywoodwas on trial during the McCarthy era, accused by Congress and the FBI ofharboring Communists bent on using the cinema to convey subversive messages tothe American public. One of the most infamous incidents during th.. more

Nov 7, 2016 5:19 PM I Hate Hollywood

Rams, a prize-winning Icelandic film, concerns two elderly brothers, sheep farmers who haven’t exchanged a word in years. Although billed as a deadpan comedy, the humor is seldom apparent. The film works instead as a laconic observation of ... more

Jul 12, 2016 3:14 PM Home Movies

John Ford: Dreaming the Quiet Man is a revealing documentary exploring the great director’s most personal film, The Quiet Man (1952), about an Irish-American (John Wayne) reclaiming his place in his ancestral home. more

Apr 17, 2015 2:30 PM Home Movies


Courtesy of Focus Features

Jude Law stars in Black Sea, a well-made thriller set aboard a submarine. more

Feb 3, 2015 9:36 PM Film Reviews

Mark Harris’ terrific new book Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War (Penguin Press) explores how a handful of Hollywood’s most prominent directors put lucrative careers on hold to take part in World War II. The unit... more

May 9, 2014 9:38 PM Books

Director John Ford defines The Searchers as a “psychological epic.” John Wayne plays the primary character, Ethan Edwards, in this 1956 movie as both a driven, rebellious outsider and noble, obsessed hero. more

May 21, 2013 6:44 PM Books

With their twisty, tangled guitars and number-crunching chord changes, Minus the Bear sounds increasingly disconnected from a greater indie-rock scene that now prefers cute-overload pop or tranquilized, NPR-friendly troubadours, but that’s more

Dec 17, 2010 12:00 AM Today in Milwaukee