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Philip Martin

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MovieStyle Editor/Columnist

MovieStyle Editor, columnist

Recent Stories by Philip Martin

Columnists: Sympathy for the devil?

posted: 05/03/2016 2:31 a.m. Comments 4

No, I don't quite feel sorry for Ted Cruz.

The South begins to mutter

posted: 05/01/2016 2:05 a.m. Comments 4

NEW YORK--Prince was right. Elevators are satanic and should be avoided.

Critical Mass: Why we grieve when famous strangers die: An elegy for Prince

posted: 05/01/2016 1:54 a.m. Comment 1

The pure products of America

MOVIE REVIEW: Green Room

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Rules are good things for young artists; they establish conventions that may be leaned into or subverted. It is in many respects easier to write a sturdy sonnet than successful free verse -- limitless options may invoke anxiety and paralysis. And so a genre film might be a useful enterprise for an aspiring young filmmaker, not only because there is a reliable audience for such products but because they impose certain imperatives: It becomes the filmmaker's job to ratchet tension and to startle, to deliver unto the audience thrills and shivers. It is not something you want to think too much about.

Finding before and after

posted: 04/26/2016 2:54 a.m. Comments 3

NEW YORK--It is beautiful today. The sky is empty, the French blue of a trader's casual Friday shirt. Four hundred Quercus bicolor (swamp white oak trees) barely tremble in the rumoured breeze.

On Books: Bounce and spin: David Foster Wallace's tennis essays

posted: 04/24/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

David Foster Wallace has a book coming out next month, his second posthumous volume after the 2012 essay collection Both Flesh and Not.

The saints of summer

posted: 04/24/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Philip Martin is on assignment. The original version of this column ran March 29, 2009.

REVIEW: 'Miles Ahead,' Don Cheadle's Miles Davis bio-pic

posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

You don't come at genius straight on. That's stupid, that's wading into the thresher. Will Smith is not Muhammad Ali, he can only mime the butterfly moves, find something in a vocal cadence that evokes the Louisville drawl of the Champ. Maybe you can learn to hold a guitar and a few notes, maybe you can put on a fake nose and a wig, but if you're going to depict real genius you'd better come at it obliquely, more like a poet than a journalist.

Review: The Adderall Diaries

updated: 04/22/2016 2:45 a.m. Discuss

In 2001, Stephen Elliott published a semi-autobiographical novel called A Life Without Consequences that told the story of Paul who, like the author, "left home at the age of 13 and after a year sleeping on the roof of a convenience store on Chicago's north side, was made a ward of the court and channeled through various large and small group homes and institutional learning facilities."

Columnists: We know all we need

posted: 04/19/2016 2:48 a.m. Comment 1

The operative theory is the more we know, the better. While they say we shouldn't inquire too deeply into how either laws or sausages are made, my profession believes in the disinfecting qualities of sunlight, and that a republic cannot work without an enlightened public--common folks cannot participate fully in "the process" if they don't have access to the necessary information.

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