I’ve been thinking a lot about anger.

It’s hard not to given humanity’s collective rising temperature. Caged, isolated, unable to connect with others. A daily gauntlet of injustices and indignities we’re forced to swallow. The concept of justice seems beyond our reach. Suddenly Forced to deal with our own weaknesses and mortality in the face of something we don’t yet truly understand.

Aristotle said “Anybody can become angry — that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right…


2020 has been a gauntlet of anxiety, fear and perpetually rising tensions. A toxic stew of real world tragedies and claustrophobic conditions that have made many people yearn for simpler times. The movie industry has taken an absolute beating this year. One of our most fundamental establishments for dedicated distraction and artistic engagement has been taken away. People want to return to the way things were, and getting back to seeing movies in the theater is not just a desire, but a hopeful indicator of hope for a return to the status quo.

It was supposed to be a year…


Before I opine on blockbusters as Best Picture nominees, allow me to vent:

Award season is the absolute worst, especially if you consider yourself a true lover of cinema. It’s an absolutely ridiculous time when studios, artists and film fans gets a little too invested in the concept of competition. …


Felix Kjellberg aka Pewdiepie just wanted to entertain people and play games on YouTube. But through a series of unfortunate gaffes, he’s become an icon to the alt-right and an easy target for the mainstream media.

There are few people in entertainment that have the kind of fame that Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie has achieved. He’s practically the face of YouTube. I say ‘practically’ because the platform has a love/hate relationship with the star that could currently be labeled as ‘complicated’. …


How social media made me say goodbye to Star Wars

There are moments in life where you achieve a sense of clarity; brief glimpses of the world from a different perspective where you can see the folly of repetitive behavior and a potential solution presents itself. For me it was the complete abandonment of social media. After deleting my Facebook and Twitter accounts, I found myself in some unfamiliar territory. After 20 years of writing film columns and reviews, I had removed myself from the perpetual conversation and mind numbing minutia that surrounds the entertainment industry online.

Three months later…


YouTube has created a generation of stars, but most of them aren’t talented enough to make it in the real entertainment industry.

It would be unfair to say that there aren’t talented YouTubers out there. Surely there are some people who post to YouTube that are excellent singers, musicians, comedians, knife-throwers and philosophers. However, what i’m mostly referring to here are the YouTube Superstars. Lele Pons, Felix Kjellberg (aka PewDiePie), Ethan and Hila Klein (H3H3 Productions), Gabbie Hanna, Lily Singh or any of the other million plus channels subscriber channels featured on the trending page each day. …


Kevin Hart had a dream to host the Oscars. A dream that was dashed by people using his own homophobic words against him, dredging through his past to dig up old tweets that showed a more immature, less refined comedian who hadn’t yet become a household name and a four-quadrant marketable brand.

After the controversy Hard decided he didn’t want to host the Oscars and intelligently stepped aside to protect his entertainment empire instead of continuing to take a beating on social media from people who decided his apology wasn’t quite sincere enough.

His appearance on Ellen today was the…

anghus houvouras

screenwriter, novelist, columnist. His new book “In the Absence of Good Men” is now available.

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