Over the years, the Israeli parliament has seen its fair share of questionable characters. But it's unlikely anyone has ever been so perpetually engulfed in scandal in so short a time as freshman Likud lawmaker Oren Hazan.
Eddie Redmayne rattles off statistics about the transgender community: "In 31 states, you can still be fired for being transgender," he says by phone from London. "The suicide rate within the community is incredibly high at 41 percent. The violence to trans women of color is confounding."
After the publicity maelstrom that surrounded Caitlyn Jenner's transition and the success of Amazon's "Transparent" TV series, no contemporary consumer of media need be told what it means to be a transgender woman. In 1926, the situation was very different.
Dr. Frankenstein's efforts to create life out of mismatched pieces ended in disaster. Efforts by director Paul McGuigan to create the movie "Victor Frankenstein" out of mismatched pieces results in the same disastrous ending.
When I sat down last week to watch "James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket" (in a digitally restored version of the 1989 documentary), it was one day after the terror attacks in Paris - the city where Baldwin found his confidence and professional footing - and at the end of a week of college campuses publicly grappling with racism both subtle and overt, a subject Baldwin tackled head-on over the course of his career.