Monthly Archive for February, 2008

: February, 2008

These “Kids” are alright, too

The New York Times ran a long story yesterday about the challenges faced by “Saturday Night Live,” which is returning to the air tomorrow night after a long absence caused by the writers’ strike. In

“Disasterpiece” – handmade music by Jay Brannan

In a low-tech “now you see it, now you don’t” maneuver characteristic of his slow and steady but not very financially remunerative DIY career so far, New York singer-songwriter Jay Brannan has set off

Another stage-to-screen mistake

The mystery of why recorded-for-TV theatre is almost always a big mistake continues tonight with the national broadcast of “Company” on the PBS series “Great Performances.” The TV show is a recording

Oscar night, 42 years ago

Few film actresses have burst on the scene as dramatically as Julie Christie did in 1965 when she went from a virtual unknown to a superstar, based on the release of “Darling” and “Doctor Zhivago.”

Insider satire

Hadley Freeman covers fashion for The Guardian and British Vogue, but she writes with hilarious objectivity about her beat in the new book, “The Meaning of Sunglasses” (Viking). An informal

The anti-“Juno”

The Romanian drama, “4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days,” was showered with praise and prizes on the international film festival circuit last year. Writer-director Cristian Mungiu took home Canne’s grand

Mapplethorpe & Pasolini & Kozik

In a weird bit of synchronicity, I received a notice for a March 29 Metropolitan Museum lecture on “What is Too Taboo in Contemporary Art?” the same day that my email brought me an invitation to

Roy Scheider, R.I.P.

When Roy Scheider died on Sunday at the age of 75, many obit writers identified him simply as “the sheriff from ‘Jaws’” and, if they had some space, it was also noted that the actor appeared in “All

An American Dame

In our culture, actresses come with a “sell-by” date somewhere around 35 or 40, but overseas, female thespians age like fine wine and there is no lack of good work for stars such as Isabelle Huppert

Not a “cozy,” but what is it?

The very popular novelist Harlan Coben has just become the president of the Mystery Writers of America. In the group’s February newsletter — “The 3rd Degree” — he writes about the unfortunate trend of