Megan Basham

Megan is film and television editor for WORLD and co-host for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and author of Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman's Guide to Having It All. Megan resides with her husband, Brian Basham, and their two daughters in Charlotte, N.C. Follow her on Twitter on @megbasham.

Screen Media Films

Hollow action in The Outpost

Movie | Film shouldn’t be just another war movie, but its intensity lacks insight
by Megan Basham
Posted 7/29/20, 11:42 pm

It’s a little hard to understand what made The Outpost one of the best-reviewed releases of the last few months. Certainly the Afghan War drama, which hit streaming services on July 3, has the kind of pedigree the critical class would be most likely to praise. 

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Samuel Goldwyn Films

Telling the truth

Movie | Mr. Jones highlights the human cost of bearing false witness
by Megan Basham
Posted 7/16/20, 03:12 pm

“This is a chance to rebuild, to fight for the future,” a pretty, young Moscow reporter tells British freelancer Gareth Jones midway through the excellent 2019 film Mr. Jones. She’s convinced the Soviets are fighting for “the real people, the workers.” She tells herself that burying information on Stalin means restraining Hitler. She believes she’s a crusader on the right side of history, a moderating force for good.

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Associated Press/Photo by Alastair Grant (file)

A tale of two letters

Culture | A call for free speech ignites a firestorm of criticism
by Megan Basham
Posted 7/14/20, 05:43 pm

It’s hard to imagine that a few years ago a gauzy public statement in favor of free speech, boasting signatures from a host of left-wing luminaries such as Noam Chomsky, J.K. Rowling, Salman Rushdie, Gloria Steinem, and Fareed Zakaria, would have caused much of a stir. But last week, when Harper’s Magazine released a letter warning, “The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted,” the backlash was swift and sharp.

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