James Bowman

Resident Scholar

Mr. Bowman is well known for his writing on honor, including his book, Honor: A History and “Whatever Happened to Honor,” originally delivered as one of the prestigious Bradley Lectures at the American Enterprise Institute in 2002, and republished (under the title “The Lost Sense of Honor”) in The Public Interest.

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James Bowman is a Resident Scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Mr. Bowman is well known for his writing on honor, including his book, Honor: A History and “Whatever Happened to Honor,” originally delivered as one of the prestigious Bradley Lectures at the American Enterprise Institute in 2002, and republished (under the title “The Lost Sense of Honor”) in The Public Interest.

Among the other publications to which he has contributed are Harper’sThe Public InterestThe Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalThe Daily and Sunday Telegraph of London, The Weekly Standard and National Review.

He has worked as a freelance journalist, serving as American editor of the Times Literary Supplement of London from 1991 to 2002, as movie critic of The American Spectator since 1990 and as media critic of The New Criterion since 1993. He has also been a weekly movie reviewer for The New York Sun since the newspaper’s re-foundation in 2002.

Mr. Bowman received B.A. degrees from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania and the University of Cambridge in England, where he also did graduate study and received an M.A. in 1979.

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Sling Blade

James Bowman

Sling Blade by Billy Bob Thornton deserves credit for the acting job of its director and writer, who also plays…

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Absolute Power

James Bowman

Absolute Power is a typical product of the Clint Eastwood line of knock-off existentialist heroes: a vehicle, that is, for…

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The Beautician and the Beast

James Bowman

The Beautician and the Beast, written by Todd Graff and directed by Ken Kwapis, is built entirely on the comedic…

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Dante’s Peak

James Bowman

Dante’s Peak by Roger Donaldson (written by Leslie Bohem) is a standard-formula disaster movie. The hero, Harry Dalton (Pierce Brosnan)…

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Touch

James Bowman

Touch by Paul Schrader, based on a twenty year old novel by Elmore Leonard, has an appealing premiss but with…

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Blood and Wine

James Bowman

Blood and Wine is another of those collaborations between Bob Rafelson (director) and Jack Nicholson (star) which promises to be…

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SubUrbia

James Bowman

If you could legitimately take, as some reviewers seem illegitimately to have done, the final words of the Pakistani convenience…

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Chasing Amy

James Bowman

Chasing Amy is another slacker movie and thus another piece of redundant evidence that America has become far richer than…

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Fools Rush In

James Bowman

Fools Rush In by Andy Tennant offers us mildly engaging characters and an even more mildly witty screenplay but cannot…

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Gridlock’d

James Bowman

Gridlock’d is yet another attitude film, this one by Vondie Curtis Hall and starring the late Tupac Shakur and Tim…

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Hotel de Love

James Bowman

Hotel de Love by Craig Rosenberg is, like Cosi, a fresh and amusing Australian film that puts Hollywood schlock like…

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Thieves (Les Voleurs)

James Bowman

Thieves by André Téchiné, is one of those films where the artistic means completely overpower the narrative ends. Here we…

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