Monthly Archive for April, 2010

: April, 2010

See you in a week!

Your faithful blogger is taking off a week to recharge. Will be back with reports on “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” (above), “Post Modern Living,” “Babies” and lots of other cultural stuff that’s on

‘Lost’ on the road with Albert & Julie

When the nice folks at the Trumbull Library asked me if I would host a “road movie” in conjunction with their “One Book-One Town” celebration of Reif Larsen’s “The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet” it

Dede Allen, R.I.P.

Another titan of the movie business died over the weekend — without ever winning an Oscar. Dorothea Carothers “Dede” Allen had a long and productive life — she was 86 when she died — but the Academy

‘American Idiot’: new musical, new technology

The Green Day album-derived musical “American Idiot” opens tomorrow night at Broadway’s St. James Theatre. I haven’t seen it yet, but have been fascinated by the advance buzz on the Broadway chat

‘Kick-Ass’: America says ‘no thanks’ to pre-teen killer flick

The keepers of American mainstream movie standards are probably breathing a sigh of relief today over this weekend’s disappointing box-office performance of “Kick-Ass.” The film came in number one in

‘Fallen Angels’: Noel Coward’s ‘Sex & the City’

Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” and “Private Lives” get revived frequently, but you don’t hear about too many productions of “Fallen Angels.” The 1925 comedy is about two married London women — best

Dangerous dames & gruesome guys

Why do the people who write about crime tend to be so nice? That’s a question I’ve asked myself more than a few times after interviewing everyone from Sandra Brown to Harlan Coben and attending many

‘Webism’ + Octomom + zombies = n + 1

Issue Nine of n + 1 is another terrific collection of reviews, fiction and social commentary. Produced in Brooklyn twice a year, the journal is always sane and always funny, but you never know what

A double dose of newspaper nostalgia at Film Forum

Manhattan’s indispensable non-profit movie house, Film Forum, launched another of its great revival festivals last weekend — “The Newspaper Picture” — which is set to run through May 6. With the very

‘Leg Work’: the best TV show you never heard of

Several years before it became popular to film TV series such as “Law & Order” and “Sex and the City” in New York City, CBS gave a greenlight to “Leg Work,” a wonderful show that featured Margaret