If you live in L.A., credibility is all you have. Not your personal or professional credibility -- but your movie recommendation credibility. A sterling reputation for great taste in movies is the L.A. equivalent of an spick-and-span credit rating.
This weekend's release reflects the industry's increasing reliance on that forbidden joy of my childhood -- the comic book -- to justify its existence. But many of the nation's critics readily drank the Thor Kool-Aid.
On the eve of the release of his latest motion picture, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Woody Allen goes on trial for making the same movie over and over again, testing the endurance of a once-faithful audience.
I was enthralled by The Most Dangerous Man in America, and when I was told that Ellsberg would be in Los Angeles for a week in late September and would be available for an interview, I jumped at the chance.