4 Essentials, The Big Short, Hateful Eight

As the new year begins, a quick question- do films about social issues help drive the agenda?
Concussion and The Big Short tackle questions of health, physical and economic. Do we learn enough to motivate policy makers to make changes? It might all be about timing.

Also as the new year begins, Joy, The Hateful 8 and Carol round out the other essentials. Films to catch after you’ve watched Star Wars, of course.

Robert Horton  reviews movies for The Herald (Everett, Washington) and Seattle Weekly.  He has contributed many pieces to Film Comment since 1990 as well as other publications. He is the author of the  “Cultographies” volume on Frankenstein (Wallflower Press, 2010), “Billy Wilder: Interviews” (University Press of Mississippi, 2002), and had work included in Best American Movie Writing: 1999.

He is the co-author of the zombie Western comic book, Rotten (Moonstone Books, ongoing), and runs the “Magic Lantern” monthly series of film lectures at the Frye Art Museum. His website The Crop Duster is a busy collection of short takes, long pieces, and compulsive lists.

He is on TV over at The Seattle Channel as well with another episode of “Framing Pictures.”

When he isn’t teaching at the UW or writing, Steve is doing interviews on stage for Town Hall, the Bookstore and the University of Washington. He has a series of interviews coming up about race with guests from the UW Alumni Association and Graduate School public lecture series, Equity and Difference: Keeping the Conversation Going. They will be available at the podcast At Length with Steve Scher.

Steve has a book podcast with Nancy Pearl. That Stack of Books with Nancy Pearl and Steve Scher

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