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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]