Monthly Archive for August, 2012

: August, 2012

‘Perils of Show Business’: Charles Grodin explains it all for you

You don’t have to be an aspiring actor to enjoy the new DVD “The Perils of Show Business” (Limelight Editions) in which Charles Grodin talks about his experiences progressing from useless acting

‘Where the Boys Are’ — spring break circa 1960

The invaluable Warner Archive program has made lots of obscure films available on DVD for the first time. The folks who run the Archive do a great job of ranging from the earliest days of movies to

‘The Last Bohemia’: nostalgia isn’t what it used to be

The combination of aging and gentrification can do a real job on young city dwellers. Artists who fell in love with Greenwich Village in the 1950s found themselves pushed out by rising rents in the

‘Dearie’: falling for Julia Child all over again

The line between biographer and subject seems to disappear in “Dearie” (Knopf), Bob Spitz’s terrific new book about the late, great Julia Child. Most Americans already have a sense of the woman’s

In praise of Lois Smith – in England, she’d be a Dame

The new Sam Shepard play “Heartless,” which officially opens Monday night at the Signature Theatre in Manhattan, is a real head-scratcher. I’m hoping that the reviews published on Tuesday will help

‘Fatal Honeymoon’: a TV movie only Nancy Grace could love

The movie division of Lifetime Television has been steadily moving away from its early years staple — heavy-handed tales of women victimized by men — so it’s surprising to see the network return to

‘Breed’ — somewhere Ira Levin is smiling

With its realistic Manhattan setting, and pregnancy paranoia plotline, the new novel “Breed” (Mulholland Books/Little, Brown) will draw comparisons with “Rosemary’s Baby.” Chase Novak does borrow a

‘The Best Man’: Broadway as it was 52 years ago

We’ve grown so used to plays with only a handful of characters that it is shocking (and thrilling) to see small crowds of people gathered on stage in the current revival of the Gore Vidal play “The

‘Celeste and Jesse Forever’: can friendship survive divorce?

The attempts to keep romantic comedy alive in the post-sexual revolution, post-feminist era have been valiant, but it is a tricky business telling good love stories in this snarky time of ours. Many

‘Rear Window’: Alfred Hitchcock’s most entertaining film?

When the much-discussed, once-a-decade Sight and Sound film poll recently named “Vertigo” the greatest movie in history, I wasn’t as distressed as some people by the fact that the 1958 James Stewart-