posted: 12/08/2013 1:04 a.m.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, a friend offered me some $700 gin. Limited edition Nolet’s Reserve Dry Gin.
posted: 12/08/2013 12:41 a.m.
A large part of my job these days consists of watching movies and then trying to find something interesting to say about them.
posted: 12/06/2013 12:25 a.m.
The whole point of being American is being able to reinvent oneself.
posted: 12/01/2013 3:17 a.m.
Back in the old days, when I was running the show at the Incendiary Rag, I was approached by a young writer who wanted to write a book review. As I usually did back then, I did not discourage him.
posted: 12/01/2013 2:40 a.m.
“Poverty is bleak and cuts off your long-term brain. It’s why you see people with four different baby daddies instead of one. You grab a bit of connection wherever you can to survive. You have no idea how strong the pull to feel worthwhile is. It’s more basic than food … It does not matter what will happen in a month …. None of it matters.” —Linda Tirado, also known as killermartinis
posted: 11/24/2013 4:28 a.m.
It’s unfortunate that the words “adult contemporary” connote compromise and a certain failure of ambition, for they might otherwise prove handy for corralling the work of Rosanne Cash.
posted: 11/24/2013 3:25 a.m.
There are two pasts, the one we remember and the one rumored to have taken place in our absence.
posted: 11/24/2013 3:05 a.m.
When I was a kid, one of the things my family would do on the weekends was to go look at houses.
posted: 11/22/2013 3:02 a.m.
One of the things I knew about Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Color (this year’s Palm d’Or winner at Cannes) before I saw it was there are about 20 sexually explicit minutes in its practically three-hour run time.
posted: 11/17/2013 3:57 a.m.
A year or so ago, a friend mailed me a copy of a story about the liquor industry that ran in one of the weekly newsmagazines — either Time or Newsweek — sometime in the late ’60s.
posted: 11/17/2013 3:15 a.m.
On a recent trip to my mother’s house, I asked her about what I believe is my earliest memory, a trip we made on the train to Chicago when I was a child.
posted: 11/15/2013 3:10 a.m.
Sunlight Jr. takes its title from the Clearwater, Fla., convenience store in which Melissa (Naomi Watts) works.
posted: 11/15/2013 3:06 a.m.
The new movie is called Bye Lines, and Joey Lauren Adams wants to make it in Arkansas.
posted: 11/10/2013 3:36 a.m.
Dave Eggers is a writer who has exhibited uncommon empathy and a willingness to explore — with an honesty so bald it might be mistaken for showboating — his own particular weakness and folly.
posted: 11/10/2013 3:07 a.m.
I don’t regret for a moment any of the time I spent playing sports.
posted: 11/08/2013 2:22 a.m.
In the old days, we went to several out-of-state film festivals every year. Toronto was the big one, and we also usually made it to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and New York’s Tribeca.
posted: 11/08/2013 2:13 a.m.
Young adult novels have proved to be a rich source of material for movie makers over the past couple of decades — the success of the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Twilight and The Hunger Games franchises all argue for the commercial viability of such adaptations.
posted: 11/03/2013 2:14 a.m.
SAVANNAH, Ga. I was born here, but I don’t remember that. I only lived here for a few months before the U.S. Air Force decided my father was needed in upstate New York.
posted: 11/01/2013 2:17 a.m.
In a way it is unfortunate that Haifaa Al-Mansour’s Wadjda is freighted with historical importance as the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia by a female director, for the circumstances of its production serve to obscure its genuine virtues. It is a small and charming movie that, while not without a political brief, works as the simple story of a 10-year-old girl who wants a bicycle.
posted: 11/01/2013 2:13 a.m.
It’s no fun to be a stick-in-the mud movie critic who never likes anything.
posted: 10/27/2013 4:01 a.m.
“ … Nice little folk songs for the grannies to dig” — John Lennon on Paul McCartney’s songwriting Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe notwithstanding, there were only four Beatles and only two of them walk the Earth today.
posted: 10/27/2013 3:12 a.m.
A week ago I was in Hot Springs at the documentary film festival for the world premiere of Jose Canseco: The Truth Hurts and a post-movie discussion with Canseco and the film’s director, Bill McAdams Jr., who can be heard questioning Canseco in the film.
posted: 10/25/2013 3:48 a.m.
“You are witnessing the beginning of what could be the Mitch Mustain era at Arkansas.” — ESPN announcer Mike Patrick after Mitch Mustain completed a 43-yard pass to his high school teammate Damian Williams during his first drive as a collegiate quarterback I don’t know what you were like when you were 17 or 18 years old, but I know I was an idiot.
posted: 10/25/2013 3:36 a.m.
Some of us have long known that Robert Reich, who served as secretary of labor in Bill Clinton’s administration, is a pretty engaging speaker. He has always been sort of a “fighting young priest who can talk to the youth” sort of economist — the kind you wish you’d had explaining rational choice theory and monetarism back when you were in school. You might have still ended up with a skull full of mush but at least you’d have been entertained.
posted: 10/20/2013 3:47 a.m.
Music is but the trembling of air.
posted: 10/20/2013 3:25 a.m.
A few days ago, while we were walking our dogs around Mount Saint Mary Academy, we started talking about lost causes.
posted: 10/18/2013 2:29 a.m.
I thought it might be cute to review Big Ass Spider! in character as my 5-year-old terrier Dublin.
posted: 10/13/2013 4:57 a.m.
We hear all the time how we are in the midst of a golden age of television. It’s become a cliche to say that television is better than the movies.
posted: 10/13/2013 4:12 a.m.
The man who only watches documentaries tells me it isn’t because he has anything against feature films or TV shows or any of the other entertainment options we might access through any number of screens we keep around ourselves these days.
posted: 10/11/2013 2:09 a.m.
Freda Kelly seemed a bit more sensible than the other girls who hung around Liverpool’s Cavern Club, their hair in curlers right up until the moment the band they’d come to see, the hometown Beatles, took the stage. She was a fan but she wasn’t inane, she enjoyed the music but didn’t swoon at the thought of actually talking to a real Beatle.
posted: 10/11/2013 1:56 a.m.
One of the least seen important films of the 1970s is Pumping Iron, a curious “docudrama” that helped launch the career of Arnold Schwarzenegger and inspire the fitness craze of the early ’80s (remember Olivia Newton-John’s video for “Physical”?).
posted: 10/06/2013 4:20 a.m.
It’s said that there are no perfect rhymes for the word “orange,” but this isn’t precisely true. If you scour the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary, you might come up with the word “sporange,” defined as an alternative, anglicized term for “sporangium,” a word used by botanists to describe the structure in which spores are produced in fungi, algae and the like.
posted: 10/06/2013 3:52 a.m.
Most of us believe in the myth of evil, that there is a malevolent force at large in the cosmos that often manifests itself in human form. We believe in a species of free-floating dark will that can infect the human personality and is responsible for most of the harm done in the world. Evil, we believe, changes people; it negates their humanity and converts them into monsters.
posted: 10/04/2013 3:41 a.m.
I am about to say some things about Vikingdom: The Blood Eclipse, reportedly the first Malaysian production to be released theatrically in the United States, that I wish I didn’t have to say. Because I find myself charmed by this picture, which will surely be savaged by critics and honestly enjoyed only by the most naive audiences (though there will be plenty of cynical types who, like myself, will read the film as a camp production or accidental comedy).
posted: 10/04/2013 3:38 a.m.
This has been one of those weeks.
posted: 09/29/2013 3:57 a.m.
“Words have their own firmness,” Susan Sontag wrote in her journal in 1964. “The word on the page may not reveal [may conceal] the flabbiness of the mind that conceived it.”
posted: 09/29/2013 3:33 a.m.
“At no time did I feel I had known him enough, or that anyone knew him.… what did Ring want, how did he want things to be, how did he think things were?” —Scott Fitzgerald on Ring Lardner In Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the title character’s funeral is held on a rainy day and is famously under-attended.
posted: 09/27/2013 3:37 a.m.
As some of you have probably figured out, this column comes and goes depending on how much space we have left over after we load the week’s reviews into our MovieStyle section. This is one of the weeks where we probably could have done without this column, except that I want to touch on a couple of things.
posted: 09/27/2013 3:28 a.m.
That evil is banal is a commonplace, a starting point for any serious discussion about the violence in our world. Killers are no different from most of us; hatred is a communicable disease; we are all malleable and subject to being influenced by those we seek to please. It’s only in the movies that monsters appear fearsome.
posted: 09/22/2013 3:21 a.m.
Big Oscar-seeking movies are on the way. Some will be good. Others won’t. Release dates will change. Something will get pushed to next year. Other things will show up unexpectedly.
posted: 09/22/2013 2:57 a.m.
MONTREAL, Quebec My passport expires in a few months. The last time I renewed it (10 years ago), they sent my old one back along with the new one, with a hole punched through the booklet like it was a record store cut-out.
posted: 09/20/2013 3:34 a.m.
“Age is just an abstraction, not a straitjacket,” 87-year-old Craig Morrison (James Cromwell) tells his son Gavin (Ronan Rees) in Still Mine, a lovely and resonant Canadian drama based on the story of an aged New Brunswick farmer who, when his wife began to suffer symptoms of dementia, decided to build her a smaller, more manageable home than the sprawling two-story house they’d shared for 60 years.
posted: 09/15/2013 2:55 a.m.
I don’t know how it is with you, but sometimes I believe human beings are just awful.
posted: 09/13/2013 2:21 a.m.
It is not difficult to situate David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints in the ranks of what we might call New Southern Cinema. Like the films of Jeff Nichols, and Scott Teems’ That Evening Sun, it owes a debt to Terrence Malick and invests a measure of calibrated nuance in its rural characters.
posted: 09/08/2013 3:41 a.m.
Americans spend too much for wine.
posted: 09/08/2013 3:13 a.m.
Salinger seemed to be the perfect subject. He was, in any real-life sense, invisible, as good as dead, and yet for many he still held an active mythic force. He was famous for not wanting to be famous. He claimed to loathe any kind of public scrutiny and yet he made it his practice to scatter just a few misleading clues.
posted: 09/06/2013 3:48 a.m.
he Canyons is low-hanging fruit, an ill-begotten movie that is already infamous in a way. It was reportedly made for about $250,000 by Paul Schrader, a man who was once considered one of Hollywood’s major talents (he wrote the scripts for Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, and even more impressively, co-wrote and directed 1982’s remarkable Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters) but who has been increasingly marginalized in recent years, to the point that he turned to the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.com to help finance this movie. He paid his actors — who include tabloid bait Lindsay
posted: 09/06/2013 3:45 a.m.
I pay almost no attention to box-office statistics (and, unless you’re employed by a studio, I don’t think you ought to either) but I couldn’t avoid hearing the news: The summer of 2013 set a record for ticket sales. Hollywood.com estimates that American moviegoers spent $4.71 billion at the box office, up 10 percent over 2012 and surpassing 2011’s all-time high of $4.4 billion.
posted: 09/01/2013 3:33 a.m.
Pretend with me and E.M. Forster (who probably stole the idea from someone anyway) for a moment.
posted: 09/01/2013 3:14 a.m.
Every year around this time I get an email from the Social Security Administration suggesting I log onto its website to check my statement and estimated benefits.