How Ertugrul Resurrected the Muslim Imagination
Opinion

How Ertugrul Resurrected the Muslim Imagination

This piece contains spoilers for the TV series Dirilis: Ertugrul (Resurrection: Ertugrul). It was called Lion of the Desert. The film, funded by Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and directed by Moustapha Akkad, told the story of Omar Mukhtar, the legendary Libyan and Senussi revolutionary who fought against Italian colonialism during the early 20th century.  As…

Just Think of the US’ Endless Wars as a Constant String of Increasingly Derivative Hollywood Sequels
Opinion

Just Think of the US’ Endless Wars as a Constant String of Increasingly Derivative Hollywood Sequels

The US has reprised its crowd-pleasing anti-Islamic State campaign in Syria, the latest instalment of the blockbuster War on Terror series of wars, which has convinced many Americans to back their country’s overseas adventures. Why launch this latest campaign against Islamic State so soon after the release of the critically acclaimed Baghdadi Code? Since the…

Woke Hollywood Gets Burned by ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Box Office Bomb
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Woke Hollywood Gets Burned by ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Box Office Bomb

The new ‘Charlie’s Angels’ movie is more proof that vacuous and vapid woke feminist films are box office poison. Will Hollywood learn from this critical and financial failure? ‘Charlie’s Angels’, a reboot of the old 70’s TV show and the early 2000’s movies, that stars Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame, along with relative unknowns Naomi…

How War Propaganda in the Film Industry Really Works
Opinion

How War Propaganda in the Film Industry Really Works

As the co-authors of National Security Cinema, we have become known — rather inaccurately — for encouraging two major ideas: 1. That the government is really important in making movies more militaristic. 2. That Hollywood doesn’t produce dissenting films. While the first of these is somewhat true it is a simplification, the second is a falsehood. The…