Steve Ryfles report­ing and crit­i­cism has been pub­lished in the Los Ange­les Times, San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle, Chica­go Tri­bune, Vir­ginia Quar­ter­ly Review, Cineaste, and oth­er pub­li­ca­tions. He is co-author of the biog­ra­phy ISHI­RO HON­DA: A LIFE IN FILM FROM GODZIL­LA KURO­SAWA (Wes­leyan Uni­ver­si­ty Press), due in 2017.
Feature
America Wasn’t a “Gun-Loving Country” Until a $13.5 Billion Industry Made It So
Historian Pamela Haag’s The Gunning of America refocuses the gun debate on the moguls who made America into the land of guns -- and mass shootings.
Feature
A New Godzilla for a New, Nationalistic Japan
"Shin Godzilla" sheds the monster's pacifist origins and shows a Japan eager to get out from under Washington's thumb.
Culture
Whitewashing Godzilla
The latest adaptation of the classic flick all but ignores the original monster's anti-nuclear message.