Whatever happened to Radley Metzger?

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I know what you’re probably saying to yourself about the headline above — Who the hell is Radley Metzger? Ever since I received an advance DVD of the long-forgotten 1972 soft core porn flick “Score” a few weeks ago, I’ve been asking my film buff friends if they remember the man who created that film […] [Read More]
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‘The Social Network’: the genius of David Fincher

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I’ve seen more than one review of “The Social Network” that compares this amazing film with “Network” because of the way it satirizes technology and the people who serve it. When I caught up with the movie a few nights ago, I thought the blend of a riveting topical story with superb casting and state-of-the-art […] [Read More]
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‘Saxophone Colossus’: Sonny Rollins in images and words

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One of the best marriages in pop culture has been between jazz and photography. The pictures of ace cameramen like William Claxton have helped to preserve the performance style of musicians who are gone; they also helped to fuel the legend around great camera subjects (like Chet Baker) while they were still with us. Bruce Weber […] [Read More]
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‘Lucia’ or: why is Hollywood so infantile about sex?

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America probably leads the world in the production of hard-core pornography, but when it comes to the depiction of sex in mainstream entertainment we are still way behind Europe and Asia. The other night I watched the new DVD of the powerful 2001 Spanish film “Sex and Lucia” (above) and was struck once again by […] [Read More]
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Coming: Jessica Speart’s ‘Winged Obsession’

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Although it will not be in stores until April, I received a William Morrow promotional galley of “Winged Obsession” by Jessica Speart several weeks ago. Most readers are unaware of the long and winding road that precedes the arrival of a new book at their local Borders or indie store. In addition to the year(s) an […] [Read More]
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‘Office Hours’: The Bats take on A.R. Gurney

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One of the largely unsung pleasures of downtown theatergoing in Manhattan is watching the work of the resident troupe — The Bats — at Jim Simpson’s The Flea Theatre on White St. Artistic director Simpson auditions hundreds of recently graduated drama students each year and puts together a company that works throughout the season on mainstage […] [Read More]
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How TV ‘mind snatched’ the world 60 years ago

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You might remember Eric Burns from his long and valiant service as the host of the media commentary program, “Fox News Watch,” one of the few shows on that zany network that lived up to its much-mocked slogan “Fair and Balanced.” Burns was fired two years ago but is now able to focus on his career […] [Read More]
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‘Ella’: two great singers meet at Long Wharf

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You don’t want to miss “Ella,” a play with music, that is at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven through Oct. 17. The show is a tribute to and an examination of the life and career of one of the greatest American pop and jazz singers, Ella Fitzgerald. Ella was known as “the nice one” […] [Read More]
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