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Philip Martin

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MovieStyle Editor/Columnist

MovieStyle Editor, columnist

Recent Stories by Philip Martin

Critical Mass: Ella the Great

posted: 03/26/2017 2:22 a.m. Discuss

"Man, woman and child, Ella is the greatest of them all."

OPINION: Gorsuch and the primacy of common sense

posted: 03/26/2017 1:54 a.m. Comments 3

I'm an originalist and a textualist, not a nut.

Review: The Last Word

posted: 03/24/2017 1:48 a.m. Discuss

I'll admit to being a fan of director Mark Pellington, who's probably best known for his music video work (which includes "Shut It Down" by Public Enemy and "Jeremy" by Pearl Jam).

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: Chuck Berry's bitter legacy

posted: 03/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

When Elvis Presley died, someone had the bright idea of asking Chuck Berry for what Elvis would be remembered.

ON BOOKS: Yeats' Wild Swans at Coole: A postcard from the end of time

posted: 03/19/2017 2:07 a.m. Discuss

The last time William Butler Yeats asked Maud Gonne to marry him was in the summer of 1916.

OPINION: There is no compelling reason for revenge

posted: 03/19/2017 1:50 a.m. Comments 6

Few things seem so clear: We ought not kill other people without a compelling reason to do so.

Review: My Scientology Movie

posted: 03/17/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Documentarian Louis Theroux looks like John Oliver, host of HBO's Last Week Tonight. But before you assume Theroux -- son of famous travel writer Paul, nephew to novelists Alexander and Peter, and cousin to screenwriter-actor Justin -- is somehow capitalizing on his physical resemblance to the comedian/news reader, consider that he has been conducting awkward interviews and investigating curious subcultures since the '90s when he was a correspondent for Michael Moore's TV Nation series. He has explored the Westboro Baptist Church, American neo-Nazis and ultra-Zionists in Israel for the BBC.

On Film: About those things watched on an iPad

posted: 03/17/2017 1:48 a.m. Discuss

A friend was telling me about a screenwriting class he spoke to recently. At one point he asked the 20 students how they watched television most of the time. Seventeen of them said they watched it on their iPads or other mobile device. The three remaining -- relative Luddites -- admitted they still watched most of their programs on computer screens.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: The limits of moral posturing

posted: 03/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Someone asked the question, so I answered it: I don't know that I'd go to jail for my beliefs, much less die for them. I don't know that I'm not for sale for the right price. (Make me an offer.)

Critical Mass: Witty tunes, a tome and a tribute

posted: 03/12/2017 3:03 a.m. Discuss

I had a depressing conversation with a friend in the music business the other day about how vinyl records are once again outselling CDs, even though most of us don't have turntables any more. It took us little more than 100 years to come full circle back to a place where the only way to make any money from music is by performing it live before paying customers.

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