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Christian Bale: So Many Good Parts, but Is There a Part Missing?

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Christian Bale strikes me as a complete enigma. Yes, his acting chops are prodigious, but he seems to me to be all technique and no heart; we get buckets of perfectly formed ice, but very little fire.

NYC Hotspot Mister H: A Shanghai Surprise of Happy Times

Simona Rabinovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Simona Rabinovitch

This magical little joint at Chinatown's border evokes a Shanghai speakeasy circa 1930 -- or rather, a movie set of one.

Awards Season & Second Looks: What Ever Happened to Mother & Child? Winter's Bone Miracles & The African Queen Restored

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

While there were no surprises regarding SAG wins for best male lead actor, Colin Firth, and supporting actor, Christian Bale, it was refreshing to see Melissa Leo snag the best supporting actress award.

DVDs: TV's Top 10 Crime Solvers

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Monk: The Complete Series ($249.98; Universal) is out on DVD and it's a compulsively thorough job that's worthy of the OCD man himself. I've been ...

Classic "Under the Radar" Gangster Movies

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

2010-08-16-underworld.jpg Crime has not just been good to the criminals; it's been awfully good to Hollywood as well.

Have You Seen These Movies?

Julie Gray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Julie Gray

This is the new, improved, always evolving GASP list -- the list of movies that you should have seen if you want to work (produce, write, direct, act) in the entertainment industry.

The Drama of Hot Dogs

Matthew Jacob | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Matthew Jacob

In a country that cut its ties to the British monarchy 234 years ago, it's fitting that a food as unpretentious as the hot dog has inspired such drama and devotion. It's worth remembering some examples.

Influences: Angelic and Demonic

Barbara Probst Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Barbara Probst Solomon

Salinger gave my generation a permission to write about our lives, our very ordinary adolescent times. He gave us our voice, our right to be serious in our own postwar, perhaps over-privileged, tones.

Where Is Lee Marvin When We Really Need Him?

John Farr | Posted 06.27.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

I look at the new action movies coming out, and I have to wonder: Where's our new Lee Marvin? The manly man, the bad guy turned good guy, the guy who's so ugly he's almost beautiful, the guy who takes no prisoners?

Soon-To-Be Classic Tales of Love

Meredith C. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Meredith C. Carroll

In the days leading up to Valentine's Day, several real-life romances have emerged as potential threats to the on-screen classics like Bogart and Bacall and Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.

Is Blu-ray That Red-Hot?

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

With time it was inevitable that the technological innovation called "Blu-ray" would impinge on my particular corner of the movie universe, and I would have to confront it, willingly or not.

The Alarming Decline Of Expressive Language, In Life and On Film

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Even as today's high school and college students are pushed harder in school, they cannot write an essay or use descriptive language nearly as fluently as their parents and grandparents could.

Dumb Things Celebrites Say: Ashton Kutcher

Mark Joseph | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark Joseph

Kutcher lives in a reality-free zone wherein human beings are unemotional creatures who can perform sex scenes without any emotional attachment.

Please Don't Let Me Love You: 'In A Lonely Place'

Kim Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kim Morgan

Nicholas Ray's In A Lonely Place is one of the most poignant pictures (violently poignant at times) within the film noir canon, a genre haunted by doomed love.

Just When Did The Quality Of Hollywood Films Start To Drop?

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

While Hollywood continues to dominate the global film market, the most original, intelligent, and enduring movies today are being made outside this country.

15 Top Movies That Should Be On DVD, But Aren't

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

I firmly believe that what we consume by way of popular entertainment helps determine the overall quality of our lives.

Demagogues!

Norman Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Horowitz

According to dictionary.com a "Demagogue Is a person, esp. an orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, pa...

Praising Caine: The Original "Alfie" Turns 76

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Not only can Michael Caine deliver the acting goods with the right vehicles, but off the set he also exhibits a refreshing common sense about the film business itself.

The Bigger Star By Farr: Bette Davis or Joan Crawford?

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Who was the bigger star -- Bette Davis or Joan Crawford? Maybe reviewing some highlights of their respective careers can help resolve this thorny question.

The Best Bogart Movies By Farr

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

What follows are my favorite under-exposed Bogie picks. I'm consciously omitting what are arguably his most famous "landmark" films.

The Best "Under the Radar" Film Noir by Farr

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Welcome to film noir, indeed a world unto its own. In my book, this type of picture, done right, has always deserved the highest of praise.