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Preston Sturges

Stage Door: Strictly Dishonorable

Fern Siegel | Posted 10.05.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

A speakeasy, class confrontation, mismatched lovers and a romantic opera singer set the stage for an early Preston Sturges comedy. The king of movie screwballs, Sturges' 1929 Strictly Dishonorable, now off-Broadway at The Flea, is a sweet production that still speaks to contemporary audiences.

The Name's Mamet, Clara Mamet

Rob Taub | Posted 06.18.2014 | Entertainment
Rob Taub

Clara Mamet has an old soul. Something about her reminds me of Mel Brooks and Myron Cohen, except Mamet is 19-years-old and has probably never heard o...

Christmas in Connecticut

Francis Levy | Posted 02.24.2014 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

Peter Godfrey 's Christmas in Connecticut (l945) is a winter's version of Midsummer Night's Dream.

Nebraska

Francis Levy | Posted 02.03.2014 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

The Descendants was a complex movie, but the word for Nebraska, Alexander Payne's latest outing, is good intentioned. Not since Preston Sturges' Sull...

All-Time Oscars: The Eight Best Screenplays and Cinematography Jobs of All Time

Jon Eig | Posted 04.14.2013 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

I figure if the Academy can arbitrarily choose nine Best Picture nominees this year, I can set my numbers wherever I want. So here are the eight best screenplays, and eight best cinematography jobs (OF ALL TIME!).

When Comedy Was Clean and Comediennes Were King

John Farr | Posted 04.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

For those wanting a respite from today's low, "in-your-face" brand of comedy, here are a few tried-and-true classics featuring these top screen comediennes. These special ladies made us laugh -- and feel smart -- at the same time.

The Greatest Hollywood Director You May Never Have Heard Of

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Which Hollywood director actually made the most great movies? In the Alsace area of Germany, future director William Wyler was born. Here is a sampling of his best movies covering three full decades.

Blackberries Off: Ten Essential Movies For Easily Distracted Twenty-Somethings

John Farr | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

What if we only had a month in which to force our young adult offspring to see ten essential movies before they succumbed entirely to short-form digital content? My own personal picks.

Ten Films For The Coming Weeks

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Get ready, folks, for the coming blur of forced reunions, work-related functions, and cacophonous Christmas parties.

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.

The Best Train Movies by Farr

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

In a host of movies, the train has served as a microcosm of modern society, and the individual's potential risk and conflict within it.

A Lesser Class of Rogue

Allison Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Silver

Though Blagojevich is regularly described as the apotheosis of the shady Illinois politician, he does not come close to the finesse and style embodied by masterful machine politicians. He's no McGinty.

Sarah Palin--The Next "Great McGinty"?

Roger Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Smith

Sarah Palin--The Next "Great McGinty"? By Roger Smith Like most of America, I awoke this morning to read/hear the usual voices of the commentariat...

Mike Leigh, Randy Pausch, Reader's Digest and an End to Miserablism

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Margaret Heffernan

Mike Leigh, who more or less invented miserablism as an art form, has changed his tune. His new film, Happy-Go-Lucky is, as the title suggests, cheerful. What's he doing?