Monthly Archives: November 2018

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The Front Runner – 7.5

2018-11-29T00:07:40+00:00November 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|

A fascinating look at recent political history, turning on the question whether a candidate's "zipper problem" should outweigh the substantive benefits he could provide the country. Of course, the question seems a bit quaint and dated, given the personal foibles of our current president, but it was certainly alive a decade later when Ken Starr [...]

Maria by Callas – 4

2018-11-28T23:44:04+00:00November 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|

If you're an opera fan - or, better, a Maria Callas devotee - there's plenty here to savor: biography, interviews, soaring music and endless views of La Diva. If you're not, there's a lot of scratchy recordings, pictures of Maria getting into limousines and out of airplanes, old newsreel-style clips and not much insight into [...]

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – 7.9

2018-11-22T03:58:45+00:00November 22nd, 2018|Reviews|

There's only one Coen Brothers - well, actually, there are two of them, but their vision is singular and unique. They are also masters of the craft of filmmaking; you feel they can do whatever they want, and you luxuriate in the experience. For the Coens, violence is an art, genres are meant to be [...]

A Private War – 3

2018-11-19T04:52:35+00:00November 19th, 2018|Reviews|

The dramatized story of a foreign correspondent who is neurotic, alcoholic, charmless and a chain-smoker, who injects herself into stories and cares more about the people whose "stories" she tells than the people in her life. And to what end? For her own fame? For the glory of her newspaper? Surely not to alleviate suffering [...]

Bohemian Rhapsody – 8

2018-11-16T05:53:31+00:00November 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I give this a zero for originality and a 100 for hitting all the right chords, and when the chords in question are booming '80s arena-rock anthems by Queen, you've got a head start on a really fun movie. It's also a feel-good movie, despite the difficult private life and AIDS-related death of the lead [...]

The Happy Prince – 6.5

2018-11-05T03:03:07+00:00November 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Rupert Everett's paean to Oscar Wilde's final, desperate days is mainly interesting for its connection to Oscar Wilde. "The Importance of Being Ernest" was in the back of my mind the whole time I watched Wilde's dissolution in turn-of-the-century Paris and Naples. Coming on top of Collette, I'm getting familiar with the period, not to [...]

NY Fall Entertainment

2018-11-05T02:49:55+00:00November 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Our fall entertainment schedule in New York began and ended with audience singalongs. At "Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin" the elderly crowd at the 59E59 Theater heartily joined in on "God Bless America" and many other Berlin classics. They weren't as put off by Hershey Felder's unpleasant looks and persona as I was. A much [...]