Articles by Ciara Moloney

Entering the Twilight Zone

Even though television is a highly commercialized art form, The Twilight Zone still managed to offer innovation and politically incisive commentary.


The People’s Tramp

Charlie Chaplin’s films are insightful explorations of poverty, homelessness, and the callous moneyed classes. They also show cinema’s capacity to act as a small empathy-generating machine.


The Noirs of Melville

The films of Jean-Pierre Melville are stylish and seductive. Their meaning isn’t obvious—nor should it be. A look at some of the most original and satisfying films of the last century.


Hollywood, the Bush Years, and America’s Memory Hole

Our memories of history are shaped, in large part, by popular movies. What can we learn from the (few) films made about the Bush administration?


“Mythic Quest” and the Pursuit of Anti-Capitalist Media

In mass media’s clutter of incoherent ideology, Mythic Quest aims an anti-capitalist lens inward.


What Gets Lost

Ciara Moloney revisits soaps and sitcoms lost to time, and the hyper-possessive rituals of copyright.


The Merch Primary

Forget the candidates’ policies—how are their branded consumer goods?


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