Monthly Archives: January 2015

Clinton Vs. Scorcese: Clash of the Titans


Thursday Review’s Alan Clanton looks at an epic tug-of-war between the competing egos of Bill Clinton and Oscar-winning director Martin Scorcese, and the struggle for control over a major documentary project chronicling the political life of Bill and Hillary Clinton.  Article here: Clinton Versus Scorcese: Clash of the Titans; Thursday Review.

Science Guys on the Big Screen: Revenge of the Nerds


Thursday Review’s Alan Clanton looks at two recent movies, The Imitation Game (starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightley) and The Theory of Everything (starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones); science biographies are cool again, even if those films are occasionally thin on actual science. Read the review here: Science Guys on the Big Screen; Thursday Review.

Buddy Holly & the Winter Dance

Coral Music/Decca Records

Coral Music/Decca Records

Thursday Review features editor Earl Perkins looks at the 2015 Winter Dance Party, an annual music fest held each year to honor the legacies of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper, who died on February 3, 1959, when their Beechcraft Bonanza crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa on its way to Fargo, North Dakota. Read the Music Page article: Buddy Holly & the Winter Dance.

California High-Speed Rail Project Under Way



Thursday Review’s Alan Clanton takes a careful look at the contentious, controversial high-speed rail project now under construction in California. When completed in 2033, it will been the most expensive public works project in U.S. history, but–its proponents say–it will also be a game-changer for transportation and high-speed travel. Read more: California High-Speed Rail Project Under Way. Or find it on the Thursday Review Front Page.

Oil, Debt, Venezuela on the Brink


Oil prices have fallen worldwide, giving citizens of the U.S. cheaper gasoline at the pump. Thursday Review examines how the oil glut is affecting the already troubled and fragile economy of Venezuela, where inflation and shortages are now widespread. Can Venezuelan President Nicolas Madura turn around his sinking economy? Read more: Oil, Debt, Venezuela on the Brink.  Or go to our Front Page article.

Francis Ford Coppola’s Best Year: 1974

Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures

The masterpiece sequel The Godfather Part II celebrated its 40th birthday last month; Thursday Review’s Alan Clanton takes a careful look at the film’s legacy and impact, while also examining director Coppola’s other project from that same year, a sleeper called The Conversation, starring Gene Hackman and John Cazale.  A look at how both motion pictures changed our worldview; read more: Francis Ford Coppola’s Best Year: 1974.  Or go to the Front Page of Thursday Review.

More Than a Million March in Paris

Je Suis Pencil

Thursday Review editor Alan Clanton examines Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Expression, and Freedom of Religion in the context of the recent terror attacks in Paris, and especially the murders of editors and staff at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo; more than one million people rallied in Paris to protest the violence and show solidarity with those who died.  See the full article at: More Than a Million March in Paris.
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Where Sports Met Style: Stuart Scott, RIP

Image courtesy of ESPN

Image courtesy of ESPN

Thursday Review’s Earl Perkins and Alan Clanton offer their own retrospectives for the life and times of Stuart Scott, the game-changing sportscaster who became the face of ESPN and brought millions of younger, hipper viewers to sports talk. See more at:   Also at:

Hamlet’s Passing: Mario Cuomo, Rest in Peace


Thursday Review‘s Alan Clanton takes a look at the life of the late Mario Cuomo, three-term Governor of New York, an unapologetic liberal lion of the national scene, and a once-and-future Presidential candidate, the most famous candidate never to actually run for President of the United States.  Politics Page article: 

Hacker Versus Hacker


Thursday Review examines the new and potentially complex question of business cyber wars: when is it appropriate for U.S. companies to engage in cyber retaliation against criminal hackers and thieves?  And in the context of recent cyber attacks against JPMorgan Chase and Sony Pictures, what options are available to law enforcement in the U.S. and other countries.  See more at

High Speed Rail: Hurry Up & Wait


Thursday Review’s R. Alan Clanton looks at how three states (California, Florida, Texas) are bringing the long-deferred dream of high speed rail to the start of reality. Will these expensive mega projects be useful in helping Americans commute from city to city as fast as regional air travel.  Second in a series of articles: