The end-of-year movie rush is on, and it’s rich in films of Jewish interest, including the Coen Brothers’ latest, True Grit. Tablet Magazine offers its top 10.
Jack Abramoff is America’s best-known Orthodox Jewish ex-con. But before his 2006 conviction for fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to bribe public officials, Abramoff was Casino Jack, one of the most powerful lobbyists in Washington, whose friends included former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed. The movie traces his rapid rise and dramatic fall, with Kevin Spacey playing the influence-peddler as a bombastic, latter-day Gordon Gekko in a black hat. In his opening monologue, he declares that, after “a shitload of reading and studying and praying” he has determined that everyone makes the choice either to be a big-leaguer or a slave. “I give back plenty,” he announces. “I’m humbly grateful for the wonderful gifts that I’ve received here in America, the greatest country on the planet.”
In the poems of Silver Roses, the late Rachel Wetzsteon—who took her own life last year—is still very much alive