In Cuba, I was a German shepherd

by Richard Grenier -- On Tuesday this week, after more than 40 years of standing stalwartly against Fidel Castro, the leading organization for Cuban exiles in Miami, the Cuban American National Foundation more…

Farther than any man

by Richard Grenier -- What a man. What a hero among heroes. I'm talking about Captain James Cook, whose adventures into the unknown, have given him a place in history, equal perhaps more…

Can't we just all get along?

by Richard Grenier -- Here we go again. Summer is still upon us, and Hollywood keeps slinging one costly number after another into our local multiplexes. This weekend brings us something of more…

Hollywood inspects its navel

by Richard Grenier -- Every once in a while, it occurs to folks in Hollywood, in their pursuit of the absurd, that there are few things more absurd than Hollywood itself, so more…

Coppola overhauls 'Apocalypse Now'

by Richard Grenier -- After three years in highly hectic production, Francis Ford Coppola presented a "work in progress" cut of his film "Apocalypse Now" at the Cannes Film Festival in May more…

Jane Fonda: Mirror of our nation's past?

by Richard Grenier -- So, Jane Fonda is a mirror of the nation's past? At least according to the lead article in the July/August issue of American Heritage, a hitherto most worthy more…

Happy dreams, little Oedipus

by Richard Grenier -- The filmographies of those two master film craftsmen, Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg each include works touching on life in some distant time – "2001," "Clockwork Orange," "E.T.," more…

Remembering Castro's thugs

by Richard Grenier -- Memorial Day was, not so long ago, when we were all honoring the men and women who served in the Armed Forces of the United States. In commemorative more…

No kicks from Lara Croft

by Richard Grenier -- Six years ago a pair of computer programmers – British brothers Adrian and Jeremy Heath-Smith – created a videogame featuring a busty, tough English aristocrat/archeologist: Lady Lara Croft, more…

Brutal but essential reading

by Richard Grenier -- We may think we've uncovered by now the deepest depths of Stalin's iniquity but now, thanks to Yale University Press' remarkable series "Annals of Communism," we learn in more…