Lou Aguilar

Lou Aguilar is a published novelist, produced screenwriter, cultural essayist, and former USA Today reporter. His second novel, Paper Tigers — a Washington romance in the mad time of Trump — was published in November by Deeds Publishing, and is available from Deeds, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and great American bookstores.

A Bad Year for Hollywood


Twenty-eighteen was the worst year for movies ever. There had been awful years before, increasingly in the last ten, but last year, Hollywood reached critical mass by showing full contempt for much of its audience. Simply put, it was the year the entertainment industry stopped entertaining and embraced indoctrinating. This tendency had previously been checked […]

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The Front Crawler


I half expected to enjoy The Front Runner. The new movie about the decline and fall of flash-in-the-pan Democratic candidate Gary Hart was rife with opportunity: a handsome, charismatic young liberal getting ready to challenge the bland middle-aged Establishment Vice President after an exhaustive eight years of seismic domestic, cultural and geopolitical shift, the classical […]

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Paper Tigers

Fast Times for Fiction


Before I began work on my second novel (out this month), I thought long and hard about where, or if, it would fit in the fast-progressing culture. It takes me one year to write a book. A lot can change in a year these days. Same-sex marriage can go from a federally unpopular issue to […]

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They Cut Their Own Throats


A very long time ago, my dad took me to see a reissue of one of his all-time favorite movies, The War of the Worlds. Almost every scene in the 1953 sci-fi classic is memorable, especially to a young kid: a meteorite bit unscrewing from the inside, a mechanical serpentine head jutting out of the […]

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The Hollywood Compliance Decree


Movies used to be inspiring for boys and romantic for girls, often both in the same film. The vast number of them had a stalwart male hero and a smart, beautiful woman to be won or saved. This simple formula powered most of the screen art for more than a hundred years, well into the […]

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