Monthly Archive for January, 2010

: January, 2010

A Fairfield County ‘Sense and Sensibility’

Perhaps taking People magazine to heart — they once called her a “Jewish Jane Austen” — Cathleen Schine has used the plot of “Sense and Sensibility” as the starting point for her charming new novel

You know it had to happen — 3D porn!

    The Hollywood Reporter and BBC World News reported earlier today that Tinto Brass — director of the notorious 1979 pornographic-historical drama, “Caligula” — will begin shooting the first 3D porn

‘The House of the Devil’: Three-quarters of a classic

If the pay-off in the last 15 minutes of “The House of the Devil” was as strong as the build-up in the first 80, the movie could have been a horror classic. Writer-director Ti West has taken the

‘A Single Man’: Tom Ford looks beneath the surface

It comes as no surprise that Tom Ford’s first movie “A Single Man” is stunning to look at — after all, he is the genius designer who got Gucci back on its feet and then launched his own label with

‘Orphans’ has a home for another six weeks

Hartford Stage artistic director Michael Wilson got some great news earlier today — his staging of the nine-hour Horton Foote epic “The Orphans’ Home Cycle” has had its run extended for another six

‘Jersey Shore’ vs. ‘The Bachelor’: no contest

While the rest of the world was watching — and love/hating — the MTV reality show “Jersey Shore,” I have been struck dumb by my first encounter with ABC’s “The Bachelor.” Although it is on one of the

Bill Maher hones his act in New Haven

Bill Maher put on a terrific show at the Shubert Theater in New Haven Saturday night, surprising those who only know him as a TV host with a powerhouse stand-up act. The theater was packed and I only

Ingrid & Gary & Bette & Humphrey

The prolific and brilliant film critic David Thomson has a new book-length study of “Psycho” in stores, but he also found the time to produce four wonderful small critical studies of Bette Davis,

The scariest magazine piece of the month

Buried away in the new issue of GQ — the one with Johnny Depp on the cover — is the most frightening magazine article I’ve read in a long time, “Warning: Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous to your

Rent it now: ‘The Life of Emile Zola’

Last week, I was pleased to be asked to speak at a screening of the 1937 Paul Muni film, “The Life of Emile Zola,” at Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport. The movie was part of an ongoing Jewish