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Son of 'Random Notes and Fripperies'

Tom Alderman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Tom Alderman

Something you won't see in the Alcoholics Anonymous handbook: while staying at the White House during WWII, legendary British Prime Minister Churchil...

10 Stunning Celebrity Portraits That Are 'Untouched'

Posted 08.09.2013 | Celebrity

Before Photoshop and Instagram, there was photography: pure, unfiltered and untouched. Nairobi-born photographer Johnny Rozsa documented hundred of ce...

The Anti-Gatsby

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 07.06.2013 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

The Great Gatsby is days away from public unveiling, but there's such a media storm around it I feel like I've already seen it. So I'm turning my attention to the anti-Gatsby. Which turns out also to have been written by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

DVDs: E.T. Remains Spielberg's Masterpiece

Michael Giltz | Posted 12.21.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

When the director of Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Raiders decided what to create next, he focused instead on a modestly budgeted film about a boy who befriends an alien. The result was the biggest hit of his career.

Guild Hall Celebrates Laurie Anderson, Bruce Weber, Jon Robin Baitz, and Dina Merrill

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.06.2012 | Home
Regina Weinreich

Given the decidedly downtown edge to the awardees, the speeches were rather formal. Lou Reed presented to Laurie Anderson for Performing Arts.

Kirk Douglas Turns 95!

John Farr | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Should we call him "Spartacus"? Or "Champion"? Both names certainly fit the man. Kirk Douglas turns 95 tomorrow, and he is still very much with us.

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.

Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior citizens: Crime and Punishment.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

We started this right off with the merge, which Marty felt was a good thing for him. I agree, although he immediately went to "I'm back in the saddle ...

They Sure Don't Make 'Em Like They Used to: A Tribute to Deborah Kerr

John Farr | Posted 06.20.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

The late Deborah Kerr was the kind of star and personality we rarely see anymore: a lady first and foremost, who, even playing women of dubious virtue, projected an innate sense of class, dignity, even nobility.

Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast: Robert Mitchum and Great Directors

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Bruce Weber's documentary-in-progress Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast about actor Robert Mitchum shows the Hollywood tough guy of Westerns and noirs as a shy, modest, non-celebrity.

Boehner-McConnell: The Movie

Martin Nolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Nolan

Both Boehner and McConnell have deluded themselves into believing they have already triumphed. Health care was to be Obama's Waterloo, but he won that battle. Those he defeated have become Napoleons.

The Hard-Won Legacy of Gene Hackman

John Farr | Posted 06.26.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

The story of Gene Hackman, who quietly turned eighty just two months ago, is one of raw will and talent overcoming a host of limitations that would have defeated most people.

Film Noir, at Its Noirest

John Farr | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

There are plenty of films out there that make us hopeful about life and living. Film noir is a guilty pleasure where we witness the denizens of society's bottom rungs stamping on each other's feet for a higher, safer position.

Free Flick Fridays: The Night of the Hunter

Tribeca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tribeca

Let Robert Mitchum tell you the story of left hand/right hand (or why he's got LOVE and HATE tattooed on his fingers) playing a mad preacher in Charles Laughton's creepy and terrifying Southern gothic classic.

Remembering Jean Simmons

Sam Wasson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Sam Wasson

Remembering Jean Simmons, who died Friday, January 22, of lung cancer at 80, the first thing I thought of is her performance in Angel Face.

The Ten Best Movies About Journalism by Farr

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

In the wake of the revered Walter Cronkite's passing, I've attempted to isolate the ten best movies about journalism.

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.