Mark Judge is a journalist and filmmaker. His books include A Tremor of Bliss: Sex, Catholicism, and Rock 'n' Roll and Damn Senators: My Grandfather and the Story of Washington's Only World Series Championship. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Daily Caller. He writes a weekly column for Real Clear Books and is the producer of Whittaker Chambers: A Documentary Film, which is now in production.

Does ‘La La Land’ Deserve the Hype?

The emotional payoff at the end of the La La Land—which just won a Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy (along with six other awards, including Best Screenplay)—could have been huge. Many of the elements for a powerful climax are there: rich cinematography, good actors, and a steady and talented director. There’s only one … Continued

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Will Kanye West Confront His Shadow?

After being hospitalized for a mental breakdown, Kanye West seems to be doing better. “He’s recovering, but not recovered,” a West friend told People magazine. “He’s sick and every day he gets better.” West was smiling when he recently met with President-Elect Donald Trump. What’s wrong with West? Some might think he needs to simply become blander … Continued


Why ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Gets Male Grief Wrong

The new film Manchester by the Sea is this year’s critical darling. Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, Margaret) the film is, according to critics , “an achingly graceful, heartfelt, working-class story about loss, grief, and family obligations” as well as “a deeply affecting chamber piece that features an outstanding … Continued

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The ‘Rolling Stone’ Verdict and the End of Honorable Journalism

Last week the jury in the federal court case against Rolling Stone found that the magazine had defamed a former University of Virginia associate dean in its 2014 article about sexual assault on campus. The article, “A Rape on Campus,” was written by Sabrina Erdely and included a false account of a fraternity gang rape. … Continued


Special Snowflake Insists World Create New Word for “Boyfriend”

As if another example of our culture’s narcissism were needed, twenty-something writer Elizabeth Sherman has taken to the pages of The Washington Post to complain that she doesn’t have a term for her boyfriend. Why? Because according to her, the word “boyfriend” isn’t good enough, and society hasn’t provided a new, better one yet. “Cory … Continued


Why Horror Movies Are Better than Superhero Movies

In horror movies, people die. Not just minor characters, not just extras, but main characters—people we’ve come to know and care about over the course of the movie. This is why most horror films are more realistic and morally superior to superhero movies. In movies like Iron Man, Captain America, and The Avengers, it’s a … Continued


Did Social Media Kill Juvenile Delinquency?

YouTube killed the juvenile delinquent. That’s the conclusion I came to recently when I got together with some of my high school friends from the early 1980s. Reliving our glory days, we found ourselves thankful that there was no social media to capture our antics. It’s only based on a hunch, but I’m convinced that … Continued


CoverBoy: James Charles Dickinson is Not a Girl

James Charles Dickinson is not a girl. The seventeen-year-old high school student and makeup expert from Bethlehem, N.Y., has just been named a model for cosmetics giant CoverGirl. Dickinson (who also goes by James Charles) has nearly 600,000 followers on Instagram and more than 80,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. After premiering in CoverGirl’s “So … Continued