Walter G. Moss: Although most people would like to think that they would resist the Nazi invaders and not cooperate with them in any way, the reality for occupied peoples—under the Germans and other occupiers—was usually much more varied.
I recently saw the 2014 film Imperial Dreams, and it reminded me once again how important empathy is. Before being elected to his first presidential term, Barack Obama wrote in The Audacity of Hope that empathy “is at the heart of my moral code, and it is how I understand the Golden Rule—not simply as […]
Warning: numerous spoilers ahead. “Who will release me from the body of this death?” This question, posed rhetorically in Paul’s Letter to the Romans, has become a real question for the Rev. Ernst Toller, a 40-something preacher, splendidly acted by Ethan Hawke, who’s only too well acquainted with death—the death of his son in Iraq, the […]
Although it only lasted for two seasons, ABC’s political drama Designated Survivor managed to leave a lasting impression on its viewers. Its debut in 2016 had been timely, considering the US was in the midst of its presidential elections at the time. Therefore, it was no surprise that several aspects of the show served to […]
hat’s the message, Bishop? That question, asked by the church’s closeted gay music director, Reggie (a convincing Lakeith Stanfield), provides the hinge for the whole Carlton Pearson story in the acclaimed new Netflix biopic, Come Sunday. It’s a question that lingers still. When Reggie puts the question to Pearson (Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave) at […]