Monthly Archive for August, 2011

: August, 2011

Watching ‘In a Better World’ after Hurricane Irene

After losing electricity on Sunday — along with a few million of my East Coast neighbors — I had enough battery power stored in my portable DVD player to watch one movie. Should it be a fun escapist

‘Gatsby’: the perfect end-of-the-summer beach book

Danielle Ganek writes sophisticated romantic comedy that doesn’t seem to fit neatly into the “chick lit” niche of the book publishing industry. The New Yorker made a splashy debut in 2007 with the

‘Olive’: turning New York City bile into hilarity

In “Olive and the Bitter Herbs,” downtown cult playwright Charles Busch seems to be channeling the New York City Jewish angst that powered Neil Simon in his peak years (the late 1960s and 1970s).

Is this the end of the road for ‘Final Destination’?

“Final Destination 5” has been fizzling at the box office since it opened a-week-and-a-half ago, so we have probably reached the end of one of the most unusual and most interesting horror film series.

‘Unsaid’: grief, ghosts and the rights of animals

Animal rights issues are percolating in two of the best summer movies — the science-fiction documentary “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and the horse trainer documentary “Buck.” “Rise” puts us on the

‘Completeness’: romantic comedy is alive & well on 42nd St.

Playwrights Horizons on West 42nd St. is starting its new season with a fresh, youthful romantic comedy, “Completeness” by Itamar Moses. I caught the second preview performance Saturday night and am

‘Life 2.0’: a big step beyond pornography and phone sex

The Oprah Winfrey Network will unveil a new documentary Thursday at 9 p.m. — “Life 2.0” — that explores the world of people who start substituting life online for “real world” encounters. Director

Coming: riveting Wall Street expose ‘Confidence Game’

The financial disasters of recent years have some produced excellent documentaries including the Oscar-winning “Inside Job” and “Client 9.” The other night I watched an advance screener of another

‘HotelMotel’: sex therapy and drug running on E. 27th St.

For those of us who have been following The Amoralists for a few years, the announcement that they were going to produce two plays in a Manhattan hotel room didn’t come as that much of a surprise. The

‘Sweet Smell of Success’ gets the Criterion treatment

Art and rep movie houses might be dead or dying in this age of mass releases and multiplexes, but The Criterion Collection makes it possible for you to set up shop in your own home. Classics foreign