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Three Stops on Our Way to the Oscars

Edward Goldman | Posted 02.24.2015 | Arts
Edward Goldman

So, as you can imagine, I take the Oscars very seriously, and follow all the brouhaha leading up to the live Sunday broadcast. And this year was no exception. But for me, along with a few good friends, the party actually started the day before, on Saturday. That's how it went...

Rome Journal: Pasolini, Ancora!

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2015 | Travel
Francis Levy

As far as antiquity is concerned, the past is to Italy, what oil is to the Saudis. It constitutes the wealth of the country, both economically, in terms of tourism, but also spiritually to the extent that history is written on literally every street corner.

The Passionate Thief

Francis Levy | Posted 02.14.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

If you want to see Anna Magnani's earthly talents turned to comic advantage then check out Mario Monicelli's The Passionate Thief (Risate di goia, l960), the restored print of which is currently completing a run at Film Forum.

THIS Is How To Remain Sexy As You Age

Mark Matousek | Posted 08.13.2014 | Fifty
Mark Matousek

I know a person who's having a midlife crisis. It isn't a secret; that's part of the crisis. His issue comes down to an excess of sex that he talks about excessively. His best friends don't mind that he's scoring more than LeBron James in a heated playoff -- they just wish he'd stop flaunting it.

Fame and Fortune, Three Hundred Years Apart

Edward Goldman | Posted 11.05.2013 | Arts
Edward Goldman

He looks rather ordinary, but he's young and obviously happy -why else would he be laughing so freely? He is a newcomer to LA, having arrived only a...

25 Foreign Films Even Subtitle Haters Should See

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Reading subtitles is a lot like riding a bicycle. Practice not only makes perfect, soon enough it's second nature so you don't even notice you're doing it. This particularly holds true when you're watching something great.

The Lure of Strong Women

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Over the years, movies built on strong female characters have consistently entertained and inspired us. Instinctively, we root for these characters as we do for all non-conformists.