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Philip Martin

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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.

Critical Mass: An event we can't refuse: Godfather at 45

posted: 05/07/2017 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Newspapers like anniversaries, even odd ones like the 45th (the traditional gift is sapphire). So can you believe it has been 45 years since Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather opened in American theaters?

OPINION: Tomorrow is coming for today's graduates

posted: 05/07/2017 1:48 a.m. Comment 1

Class of 2017, I do not envy you.

Review: Super Dark Times

posted: 05/05/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Adolescence is a painful and dangerous moment, the time when our choices begin to have real and lasting consequences. All teenagers, whether they realize it or not, will have plenty of opportunities to screw up everything forever for themselves and to commit very adult atrocities. One definition of a monster might be the marriage of deadly potentiality to unformed, hormone-driven intelligence.

Review: The Dinner

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

It seems strange that Herman Koch's The Dinner, a 2009 Dutch novel that seemed deeply European in its sensibilities when it appeared in this country in 2013, should be made into a movie that seems so terribly on point with current American sensibilities. It was a nasty book, with the reader's enjoyment of it depending largely upon his or her tolerance of the unreliable and unlikable narrator Paul Lohman.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: Lessons from murderers

posted: 05/02/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The only reason I got to talk to the firefighter was because I'd played basketball with the son of his attorney.

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