Our Top Entertainment Stories of 2014

12.29.14

Our Top Entertainment Stories of 2014

12.29.14
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These are our favorite entertainment stories from the past year.

Johnny Cash ‘Out Among the Stars’

By John Coggin

For an America sunk in spring snow, new Johnny Cash is welcome warmth. And it was a welcome surprise that Out Among the Stars, a previously unreleased album, is being released.

The Tenure of TV’s New Golden Age

By John Coggin

The bulk of the hit TV programs that characterized a new Golden Age have now either ended or are in their final season.

Giles Keyte/Columbia Pictures

Giles Keyte/Columbia Pictures

All ‘Fury,’ No Fanfare

By John Coggin

For Fury (2014), a film that breaks some of the conventions of the World War II genre, composer Steven Price delivers a score that breaks musical conventions. No fanfares. No romance. No marches even. Only horror upon fiery horror.

Patrick Doyle: Marvel’s Mightiest Film Composer

By John Coggin

After almost a dozen films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has only produced a single classic score, full of lively themes: Patrick Doyle’s Thor (2011).

Eli Wallach and Tuco Ramirez

By John Coggin

The late actor Eli Wallach enjoyed a glorious career in performance on screen and stage.

‘The Last Ship’: Sting’s British Folk Musical

By John Coggin

John Coggin reviews Sting’s newest album, The Last Ship, which is being prepped for a show on Broadway this fall.

Optimism for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

By John Coggin

Sure the Star Wars prequels deserved to be maligned, but looking at the actors slated to appear in the newest Star Wars film, the movie might actually be pretty good.

The Symbolism and Cozy Escapism of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

By John Coggin

Allegory teaches better than it entertains—unless director Wes Anderson is in charge. The Grand Budapest Hotel presents symbolism with enough character to win audiences’ hearts and minds.

Music Box Films

‘Our Mothers, Our Fathers’: A Review

By Uri Avnery

The German title says it all: ‘Our Mothers, Our Fathers.’ The purpose is to answer the questions troubling many of the young Germans of today: Who were our parents and grandparents?

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Art

By John Coggin

John Coggin explores the varied films of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the legacy as an actor he leaves behind.

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Slow Burn of Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years a Slave’

By John Coggin

Approbation is in order for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave (2013). It smartly conveys fresh permutations of evil in the antebellum American South, telling the story of free black New York State resident Solomon Northup’s capture and sale into slavery in 1841.

Noaz Deshe on his Film, ‘White Shadow’: A Fight for Survival in East Africa

By John Lyman

Albinos in some parts of Africa face persecution and in some instances death at the hands of locals, and the new film White Shadow highlights the perils of albinos in East Africa.

The Key to Arctic Survival: Improvised Implements of Excrement

By Peter Lee

In recent days the Internet has been justifiably besotted by this magnificent 1947 photo (by Irving Penn) of Peter Freuchen and his wife.

  • via Youtube

    Schools of Violence: The American University and the Gun

  • Reuters

    On the 14th Anniversary of 9/11

  • via Facebook

    Singapore’s Election Runs Counter to Global Trends

  • via Facebook

    Europe’s Elections: A Coming Storm?

  • via Twitter

    Liberating Sirte from Islamic State

  • via Facebook

    Remembering Ahmad Shah Masoud

  • RIA Novosti

    How Sanctions are Hurting Russia’s Central Asian Ambitions

  • U.S. Army

    Afghanistan: Normalization of Pain