Zoglin’s View

What Covid Hasn’t Quashed: Our Fetish for Awards

Like nearly everything else in this year of Covid, Sunday’s Oscar ceremony will have a strange look. It’s coming two months late, for one thing — the deadline for eligibility having been extended to give more films time to qualify. It will be an indoor-outdoor event, with no host (for the third year in a … Continue reading What Covid Hasn’t Quashed: Our Fetish for Awards

Is This How Woody Allen’s Career Ends?

I tempted the cancel-culture gods last weekend and watched a Woody Allen movie. Right in the middle, no less, of plowing my way through Allen v Farrow, the four-part HBO documentary series that (for many viewers, at least) seems to nail down the case that Allen was guilty of molesting his seven-year-old stepdaughter Dylan a couple of … Continue reading Is This How Woody Allen’s Career Ends?

The Trump Drama’s Finale: Catharsis at Last

There hasn’t been any live drama for me to review for many Covid-plagued months. But the last few weeks of Donald Trump's presidency was real-life drama that surpassed anything I could hope to see in the theater. It had everything: suspense, stunning violence, retribution, catharsis, and, most of all, the triumph of the good guys … Continue reading The Trump Drama’s Finale: Catharsis at Last

Do Grassroots Volunteers Make a Difference?

I was still in bed last Friday morning when Joe Biden finally overtook Donald Trump in the Pennsylvania vote count, all but ensuring that he would win the state, and thus the Presidency. I was still catching up on my sleep after a two-day excursion to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to do some last-minute canvassing for … Continue reading Do Grassroots Volunteers Make a Difference?

Reese Schonfeld: The Man Who Invented CNN

I was saddened to read, a few days ago, about the death of Reese Schonfeld, 88, the founding president of CNN. I was the television critic and reporter for the Atlanta Constitution when Ted Turner launched television’s first live, 24-hour news channel in June 1980, and I followed its start-up and early years as closely … Continue reading Reese Schonfeld: The Man Who Invented CNN