This story of a broken bank robbery is just as tragic and relevant today as it ever was

Al Pacino | Dog Day Afternoon | Still from film

Dog Day Afternoon is 45 years old and still holds up as a classic movie with Al Pacino at his best. Giving an Oscar nominated performance, Sonny (Pacino) and his partner Sal (John Cazale, The Godfather part I & II) rob a Brooklyn bank where everything that can go wrong does.

The 125-minute film does a lot right, such as being completely scoreless and still conveying intense emotions and holding gripping tension as you watch everything in Sonny’s life slowly crumble around him. However, what makes the film isn’t its masterful craft in front of the camera, its sharply written…

‘Paths of Glory’ is one of the few true anti-war films due to its depiction of absurd and irrational bureaucracy

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Paths of Glory is oftentimes overlooked in Stanley Kubrick’s filmography. Even a magnificent film can be overshadowed in a career of monumental movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange and The Shining. Paths of Glory stands the test of time not only because of its masterful execution in front and behind the camera, but because it utilizes the main ingredient of an anti-war film to its fullest potential. …

Large scale issues are addressed using the same archaic, regressive and damaging policies as the previous administration

Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del., on March 12, 2020, left, and President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington on April 5, 2020. (AP Photo)

We’re nearing the three month point in Joe Biden’s presidency. He’s been met with praise for some of his progressive cabinet picks and reverting a lot former president Donald Trumps’ regressive social policies like the ban on transgender people from serving in the military. However, on many of the bigger scale issues, President Biden is looking very similar to Trump.

One of Biden’s biggest promises was addressing the immigration crisis at the southern border. Biden’s response is reminiscent of his time as Vice…

Time and time again we keep seeing the stock market’s performance falsely conflated with the economy’s performance

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The stock market’s performance is something you’ve probably constantly heard mentioned in the past year, especially during the pandemic. However, the context in which you’ve likely heard it referenced is about how great it is for the economy. The problem is the stock market’s performance is not indicative of how well the economy is doing — especially for the working class. If we want to be more accurate about the effects of the stock market, we need to stop conflating it with the economy doing well.

Investing has become synonymous with fiscal responsibility, retirement plans, luxury, wealth and even hobbies…

Writing outside of your comfort zone can be intimidating, but it’s best to make sure you learn something in the process

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I’ve been writing screenplays for six years and just began getting into journalism and personal essays a little over a year ago. Almost the entirety of my writing has been met with zero boundaries or restrictions. I’ve always done what I wanted to do. The only boundaries I was confined to is the formatting of a screenplay or an editor’s recommendations of small changes.

I just finished a writing project for a video game — a medium I have never attempted to write in before — and I’ve learned a lot about myself, the writing process and writing within strict…

The polarizing figure has been met with high praise from some and harsh criticism from others

Photo by Heisenberg Media | Flickr: Elon Musk | The Summit 2013, CC BY 2.0

Elon Musk seems to have captured the hearts of many and made a reputation for himself as a funny, kind-hearted philanthropist. He’s won over younger crowds with his constant twitter usage which consists of posting memes and talking about anime. He’s attributed with pushing for scientific progress and attempting to save humanity. Some refer to him as a modern day genius that should be mentioned alongside Thomas Edison, Galileo, Isaac Newton and Nikola Tesla himself.

Others think this is an extremely charitable opinion of Elon Musk that is void of nuance and completely dismissive of Musk’s hypocritical, exploitative and unethical…

There’s a level of innate responsibility I feel as a leftist to spread my advocations and to be the change I want to see in the world. The problem is this comes with a cost

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The 2016 presidential election is responsible for getting many involved in politics and resulted in over 80 million votes, an American record. We saw historical nationwide protests, protesting inequality, systemic racism, and more. As someone who closely followed American politics before the 2016 election, I have never seen this amount of political discussion in the workplace or any public sphere until now.

There’s a level of innate responsibility I feel as a leftist to spread my advocations and to be the change I want to see in the world. The problem is these advocations come with a cost. …

High profile Russian NHL players have close relationships with the murderous tyrant and we’re too scared to say anything

Alexander Ovechkin, Vladimir Putin | Captioned: ‘I never hid my relationship with our president, always openly supported him’ | Ovechkin’s Instagram

Recently, the New York Rangers’ forward and alternate captain, Artemi Panarin, posted a picture on his Instagram with the caption ‘free Navalny’ in support of Russian opposition Alexei Navalny’s wishes for a fair election. Now, Panarin is taking a two-week leave of absence from the New York Rangers after a Russian news outlet published an article accusing him of allegedly hitting an 18 year old girl. The New York Rangers have released a statement denying the allegations, claiming the article is a retaliatory hit piece due to his public support of Navalny.

The controversy has sparked conversations about his unfair…

Observing the rise of white supremacy and fascism and how the fix may be easier than we think

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In the recent attempted insurrection on the Capitol to overturn democratically elected president Joe Biden, the FBI released warnings of armed right-wing protests in all 50 states leading up to his inauguration. At the Capitol building we witnessed the neo-fascist group The Proud Boys among the Trump supporting insurrectionists successfully infiltrating the Capitol building resulting in five deaths.

At the attempted insurrection, videos and pictures surfaced with many different right-wing flags in attendance such as the paramilitary group Three Percenters flag and…

This crucial mistake is playing into the effective manipulation from Republicans causing social and economic progress to be thwarted

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There’s been a problem plaguing the Democratic Party for as long as I’ve been alive. This problem prevents the Democratic Party from allowing any leftist or progressive ideas from seeing the national stage. Though oftentimes the Democratic Party purposely prevents leftist messaging from seeing the national stage, their ineptitude causes almost all leftist messaging and ideas to be manipulated by letting Republicans define them. This is a crucial problem for leftist advocates.

Recently, former president Barack Obama was on a press tour for his new book ‘A Promised Land.’ During the press tour he criticized the slogan ‘defund the police’…

Cameron Craig

Writer and screenwriter based in the Boston area. I write film analysis, reviews and commentary and engage in leftist politics. Twitter@CameronCraig_93

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