For some kids rule-breaking is less a route toward self-definition than a requirement built into existence. That’s the reality recognized by a recent crop of films centered on the queer teen, a figure who until now has been cinematically marginal.
Ben Fountain's "Beautiful Country Burn Again" revisits (and tries to make historical sense of) the convulsions of the 2016 election as prelude to--and forewarning of--the perfervid run-up in Trump country to the 2018 midterm contests.
"Hedges’ assessment of the sickness of our times is searing in its directness," writes reviewer Weller. "His rage is palpable in his scolding of the system we take for granted, one we preserve at our own peril."
As election results came in, Blum was given the Isreal Film Festival’s achievement in film and television award. His acceptance began with criticism of Trump.“ A lot is at stake. The last two years have been hard for all of us who cherish freedom."