What took me so long – Governor’s Island

I was lucky to be able to plan a visit to Governor’s Island in New York harbor just before it closed for the season last Sunday. Eventually, the new city park will be open year-round, but for the time

Criterion celebrates a double ‘Valley’ launch

The upscale Criterion Collection DVD brand is best known for its beautifully packaged classic films, ranging from the work of European masters such as Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni to

A late report on ‘Gypsy’

There are theater people who believe Arthur Laurents’ book for the musical “Gypsy” is so strong that it could be done as a straight play without music. The story of Gypsy Rose Lee and her stage mother

Remembering the late, great River Phoenix

Sidney Lumet guided the late great River Phoenix to an Oscar nomination for “Running on Empty,” the sensitive 1988 film about family and politics that the invaluable Warner Archive DVD-on-demand

A guide to romance in New York City

There are more than a few websites and Facebook pages devoted to bitching and moaning about the ever-changing scene in New York City. Each restaurant and dive bar closing is mourned by people who keep

Hollywood in 1970s breakdown mode

As a movie, the 1970 Paul Mazursky comedy “Alex in Wonderland” is only so-so, but for students of Hollywood it’s a vivid time capsule of a transition period in film history. The very eccentric and

Angela Lansbury in her scene stealer days

Warner Archive released a DVD-on-demand version of a long-forgotten 1964 romantic comedy “Dear Heart” starring Geraldine Page and Glenn Ford. The movie was widely panned 52 years ago, and more or less

‘My Salinger Year’: coming of age in the publishing world

Vintage Books published a paperback edition of Joanna Rakoff’s justly acclaimed 2014 memoir, “My Salinger Year,” about her first post-college New York City job at a literary agency. Rakoff had no way