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Joe Meyers


‘In Love’: guide to romantic 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 threatening to move elsewhere as they claim the essence of the city is being destroyed. Usually, the irate bloggers are […] [Read More]

Rent it now: Ewan McGregor in ‘The Pillow Book’

Although the Scottish actor Ewan McGregor got a taste of mainstream Hollywood stardom when he appeared in the last three “Star Wars” movies — from 1999 to 2005 — he seems to go out of his way to stay true to his indie roots in the 1990s. In 2010, the actor gave a very daring […] [Read More]

‘Two Brains’: Steve Martin’s funniest movie?

I remember enjoying the early Steve Martin movie “The Man with Two Brains” when it opened during the summer of 1983, but it seems even funnier now, thanks to the recent Warner Archive DVD reissue. There is no shortage of raunchy sex comedies these days, but the combination of Martin and Kathleen Turner (in only […] [Read More]

‘The Interview’ & the risks of political filmmaking

Sony pulling the plug on the Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview” was an especially dramatic reminder of the risks in political filmmaking and the anxieties of the people who finance hot-button movies. By making a joke out of a sitting political leader, and killing him on screen, Rogen and his collaborators set in motion a […] [Read More]

‘Running on Empty’ resurfaces on DVD

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 has just retrieved from video limbo. In addition to showcasing one of Phoenix’s best performances, the movie gave top-billed Christine Lahti her best opportunity during the […] [Read More]

‘Colorado’: drugs & fishing in New Bedford

Drug running has replaced fishing in more than one coastal American town with major consequences for the young people in those areas. Aimlessness and addiction are two of the many behaviors that are examined in Michael Gorman’s big, sometimes unwieldy new play, “If Colorado had an Ocean,” running at New York City’s La MaMa Theatre […] [Read More]

French film noir explores fine line between cops, crooks

Amazon Instant has a crisp new print of a terrific 1972 French film noir, “Un Flic,” starring Alain Delon and Catherine Denueve, under the U.S release title “Dirty Money.” The movie was the final effort of writer-director Jean-Pierre Melville, one of the modern masters of crime stories, who loved the hard-boiled American thrillers of the […] [Read More]

‘A Deadly Wandering’: lethal cell phone addiction

Cell phones moved into our culture so quickly and on such a vast scale that it will take years to figure out what these amazing and highly addictive devices have been doing to us — psychologically and physically. If someone from the 1960s or 1970s time traveled to a present day city street, their first […] [Read More]

‘Limelight’: collapse of a nightlife empire

Billy Corben’s 2011 documentary, “Limelight,” is available on DVD via Magnolia Home Entertainment, and it proves to be as gripping as any fictional film. Corben traces the history of Canadian nightclub operator Peter Gatien who came to New York City in the 1980s and quickly became one of the most important figures in the post-Studio 54 […] [Read More]

Bad Movies We Love: ‘Modesty Blaise’

You might have to have been around in the 1960s to get as much of a kick from “Modesty Blaise” as I do. The movie arrived in 1966 — smack in the middle of the pop cultural hysteria triggered by the James Bond movie series which was launched in 1962 but didn’t really explode until […] [Read More]