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Philip Martin

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MovieStyle Editor/Columnist

MovieStyle Editor, columnist

Recent Stories by Philip Martin

On Film: Fever in reflection: We were all Tony

posted: 05/26/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

There was a moment in the late 1970s when we went to discos.

OPINION : PHILIP MARTIN: The advantages of being left

posted: 05/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

I don't have many regrets. I wish I'd taken piano lessons as a kid. And that I'd taken dad's advice and learned to switch-hit.

Critical Mass: Blockbuster bonanza

posted: 05/21/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

"Feature films are suffering a kind of bad time right now, in my opinion, because the feature films that play in theaters are blockbusters. That seems to fill the theaters, but the art-house cinema is gone," David Lynch told Variety recently, by way of explaining his enthusiasm for cable television, which he called "a new art house."

OPINION: The monkey and the machine gun

posted: 05/21/2017 1:48 a.m. Comments 35

"It is up to Arkansas to stop the Donald Trump show. The next generation of conservatives cannot allow Donald Trump to take everything we stand for and throw it away."

REVIEW: Norman

posted: 05/19/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

You know Norman Oppenheimer.

OPINION : PHILIP MARTIN: Up to a point, sir

posted: 05/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

"News is what a chap who doesn't care much about anything wants to read. And it's only news until he's read it. After that, it's dead."

Critical Mass: HBO's Leftovers TV at its best

posted: 05/14/2017 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Television is like most of the technologies humans have developed. It has remarkable potential, but we mainly put it to banal purposes. We use it as a narcotic, a way to mindlessly pass time. It's a voice in the other room, a nightlight.

OPINION: Let's not be suckers

posted: 05/14/2017 1:55 a.m. Comments 21

"Our most serious concern, however, is not with those in Washington; it is with the American people. What has alarmed me throughout this episode has been the willingness of my fellow citizens to rationalize the President's behavior even after they suspected, and later knew, that he was lying."

ON FILM: The unreal 'facts' in cinema history

posted: 05/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

You have to be careful with unreal "facts." You can verify that Reno is indeed west of Los Angeles, but be careful when you quote Isaak Teneromo on the subject of his "friend" Leo Tolstoy.

OPINION : PHILIP MARTIN: Nine years, and halfway home

posted: 05/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

Paris and Dublin are now 9 years old.

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