Monthly Archive for September, 2010

: September, 2010

Tony Curtis, R.I.P.

I was sorry to hear the news of Tony Curtis’ death earlier today. Always woefully underrated, the star was only Oscar-nominated once and not for his best work, in the 1957 drama “Sweet Smell of

Porno blackmail in harrowing based-on-fact ‘Daniel & Ana’

Yesterday’s news included a terrible story out of Rutgers University in which a student committed suicide after other students hid a web cam in his room that caught him having sex. The invasion of

Arthur Penn, R.I.P.

Stage and screen director Arthur Penn died yesterday at the age of 88 — his birthday was Tuesday — leaving behind the landmark 1967 film “Bonnie & Clyde.” Penn was already a veteran of Broadway

‘Human Centipede’: the horror movie that made Eli Roth sick

Envelope-pushing has been part of the lure of horror movies for many decades. In the 1950s and ’60s there were would-be shockers that were hyped as being so scary that audience members were insured in

Rent it now: The still fresh ‘An Unmarried Woman’

After I saw “Eat Pray Love” in August, I kept thinking that the movie touched on a lot of the same material that writer-director Paul Mazursky had dealt with in “An Unmarried Woman” 32 years ago.

The sheer authority of Michael Douglas in “Money Never Sleeps”

What a blast it is to watch Michael Douglas reconnect with the role of Gordon Gekko in the new “Wall Street” sequel “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” The movie is flawed in terms of plotting and tone

‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’: who poisoned the sugar?

One of the most exciting developments in the theater in recent years has been the way that serious playwrights have begun to expand our notions of musical theater. Tony (“Angels in America”) Kushner

More baggage for Liza Minnelli to carry

Although there has been confusion about the release date — some say it was last Tuesday, the record label’s press release says it will “drop” Sept. 28 — the new Liza Minnelli CD “Confessions”

‘Spartacus’: somewhere Cecil B. DeMille is smiling

There is a long Hollywood history of using Biblical tales and adventures in ancient Rome and Greece as an excuse for showing off a lot of skin and indulging in violence that might not go down so easy

The long, downward spiral of M. Night Shyamalan

How long can writer-director-producer M. Night Shyamalan continue to coast on the well-deserved success of “The Sixth Sense” 11 years ago? The Philadelphia-based filmmaker displayed great visual