Monthly Archive for October, 2008

: October, 2008

Isabelle Huppert’s states of mind

Koch Lorber is releasing Claude Chabrol’s superb 1991 adaptation of “Madame Bovary” on DVD Nov. 18, which is great news for fans of the French director who is without question the most prolific —

Down these mean (New Jersey suburban) streets

Although the detective story is supposed to be in decline these days — overtaken by thrillers and suspense novels — I’ve read two good examples of the P.I. genre in just the past couple of weeks. The

No questions/No answers

Robinson Devor’s sort-of-documentary, “Zoo,” was chosen for the prestigious Director’s Fortnight slate at the Cannes Film Festival last year, but it received few theatrical engagements in this country

Slapstick horror comedy

Chicago theater director Stuart Gordon’s debut film, “Re-Animator,” was an audience-divider in 1985, and chances are good that some of the folks who turn up for a special Halloween screening tomorrow

The book as art

The traditional commercial book might be under assault by the Internet and Amazon’s Kindle reading device, but the idea of books and small magazines as pieces of art in themselves proved to be an

Dessay you can see

The audience for regular movies has been down this fall, but the theaters that have booked the Metropolitan Opera’s live transmissions in HD have been doing very brisk business. Thanks to the vision

Crime fiction’s rising star

Advance readers have compared Sean Chercover’s thrilling and just-published crime novel, “Trigger City” (William Morrow), with the books of everyone from Robert Crais to Michael Connelly, but I would

Satire or flattery?

I knew there was something wrong with the current state of political satire when Sarah Palin agreed to appear on last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live.” Satire is supposed to scald its targets not

Hollywood politics

Things move so quickly in our country these days that there doesn’t seem to be much room for movies about the process of politics. Back in the pre-cable news era, audiences enjoyed movies that lifted

When Norma McLain Stoop walked the earth

There’s a wonderfully nostalgic exhibit of the show business photography of Kenn Duncan running at the Lincoln Center branch of the New York Public Library through Oct. 25. Duncan was not the greatest