Archive | May 2013

You are browsing the site archives by date.

Behind the Candelabra on HBO

Steven Soderbergh’s swan song? I doubt it. But if true, it’s not a bad one to go out on as a film director. At times, it’s downright wonderful. Too bad it ultimately fails to overcome some typical bio-pic clichés. But even though originally I had quite a few reservations when I heard Michael Douglas would […]

Tim Curry recovering after major stroke!

It’s been a few days now, but I’m still getting over the shocking reports of actor Tim Curry suffering a major stroke. I’m choosing to believe the updates that say the 67 year-old legend is “doing great”, and that he has not lost his ability to talk. Allow me to speak for his legion of […]

The Dictator

In 2006, I had already enjoyed Sacha Baron Cohen as Jean Girard, red-white & blue Will Ferrell’s French, arrogant, car-racing rival in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”. Cohen, it could be argued, stole the show. Later that year, Sacha and director Larry Charles released the mockumentary “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America Make Benefit […]

Flashback: on 1972’s Silent Running

Nostalgia is a tricky thing. I remember first seeing Douglas Trumbull’s “Silent Running” in grade school. I can’t recall all of the details, but I think it was around 1978/79—which means I was probably 13 and in the eighth grade. My mind’s eye is telling me that my English teacher, Mr. Pollack, showed it on a […]

“Before Midnight” is here!!!

It may take a little bit of time before I’m actually able to see it(not too long…I can barely stand the wait!), but the much-anticipated “Before Midnight” finally arrives in theaters with regular showings beginning in New York City tonight at midnight! In fact, the first showing listed for the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 […]

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike poised for Tony win?

It could be. And I’m sure it would be a sweet victory for 64 year-old playwright, Christopher Durang. A New Jersey native with degrees from Harvard and Yale, he’s been pounding the Great White Way for decades now—but remains Tony-less. However, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” may just be the odds-on favorite to finally bring […]

Room 237

Some folks sure have a lot of time on their hands. That doesn’t make this documentary about the “hidden” meanings in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” any less fascinating, but it certainly speaks volumes on just how far some will go to spot examples of metaphor in his work. Listen, I’m a Kubrickian. I’ve studied Stanley’s […]