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Self-Discipline Is Way Overrated (Or: How I Stumbled Into Becoming a Rock Musician)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 08.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

Not long after that Passover, my father offered my cousin $150 for the guitar and a small amp. The tools of great change had come, and my future now lay before me. And all of this came with no self-discipline whatsoever.

Popcorn Preview: Inside Llewyn Davis

Leslie Sisman | Posted 02.10.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Oscar Isaac (Drive), Carey Mulligan (An Education), Justin Timberlake (Love Actually), Ethan Phillips (The Island), Adam D...

Coen Brothers' Next Movie Revealed

Posted 11.01.2011 | Entertainment

In 2009, the Coen Brothers' "A Serious Man" introduced audiences to an uptight, uncertain man spiraling through a midlife crisis in 1960s Minnesota. F...

'True Grit'? True Grace.

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

While many will argue that God's grace is notably absent elsewhere in the "Coeniverse," it is powerfully present in True Grit

Killing Off A Simple Jewish Soul In 'A Serious Man'

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

In their 2009 film "A Serious Man," the Coens, for the first time in their career as moviemakers, decide to go back to their Minnesota upbringing and tell a story that touches on the Jewish depredations of Job and Kafka.

Oscar Schmoscar

Abe Gurko | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Gurko

Attention celebrity publicists: Cut it out. You need to research the Golden Age of Hollywood. It was then that the star machine created real superstars.

Interview: Oscar Alumni Joel & Ethan Coen Make A Serious Man No Laughing Matter

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

The Coen brothers had "Jewish technical advisors, helping with language and liturgical stuff" in their movie A Serious Man, as well as "a raft of translators for the Yiddish."

In the tank for Scorsese?

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

My friend Jeffrey Wells recently ran a link to my review of Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, which I really liked, on his always interesting website,...

Few Oscar Nomination Surprises -- Thankfully

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

For the first time in recent memory, none of the best-director nominees directed movies that weren't also nominated for best picture.

Oscar Best Picture Nominees 2010: What Should Win? (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

The Oscar nominations were out Tuesday morning, and there are a few more Best Picture contenders to consider. This year, for the first time since 1943...

Not So Fast, Avatar: Predicting the Oscar Predictions

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

This year's Oscar telecast won't exactly have the element of surprise. Here's my predictions of who will get nominated in most categories.

The Media are Schrodinger's Cat

Charles Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Charles Warner

Are newspapers alive or dead? Are the main-stream media fair and balanced or hopelessly biased? Is the New York Times too liberal or not liberal enough?

AFI Top-10 List Of 2009 Movies

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — The dramas "Precious" and "The Hurt Locker," the comedies "Up in the Air" and "The Hangover" and the animated tales "Up" and "Cora...

California Literary Review's Top 10 Movies of 2009

Zorianna Kit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Zorianna Kit

There was no better action film this year than Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker. By far the best Iraq war movie to date, it follows an elite team of soldiers whose sole job is to diffuse IED's on the streets of Baghdad.

A Serious Man

Will Menaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Will Menaker

The Coen universe is so meticulously crafted that the absence of an inherent order seems almost impossible. How could something of such exquisite function arise from something so absurd and meaningless?

The Philip Roth Reader: Love Means Always Having to Say You're Sorry

Karen Stabiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Karen Stabiner

I'll endure a dollop of political incorrectness for the sake of an insanely smart story; in this post-feminist world, I'm just that confident.

Top Ten Movies of 2009

Kim Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kim Morgan

Once again, here's my top ten of 2009 -- an interesting year for movies. And no, I haven't seen Avatar yet.

The Coen Brothers Get "Serious" with a Comic (and Spiritual) Masterpiece

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cathleen Falsani

The Coens have created moral universes in which some of life's essential questions are asked -- if not always answered. It seems there's no question the brothers are afraid to tackle.

Live from the Toronto Film Festival: The Wrap-Up

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I have nothing against transgressive cinema; but Antichrist has the feeling of pushing buttons for its own sake, like a child smearing its own feces on a wall. Why does Lars von Trier do it?

Fall's Funny Films: Which Will You See? (VIDEO, POLL)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

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