Monthly Archive for October, 2011

: October, 2011

Lincoln Center Film Society celebrates ‘Hollywood’s Jew Wave’

Among the many movie revolutions of the 1960s was the way that the Hollywood studios finally allowed Jewish actors to embrace their ethnicity and Jewish writers and directors to explore their culture.

Vogue cover girl Rooney Mara: starving herself into stardom?

The November issue of Vogue has an unsettling cover story on the actress Rooney Mara, who was plucked from obscurity by director David Fincher to star in his forthcoming screen version of Stieg

Finding Debra Winger on the season three ‘In Treatment’ DVD

Debra Winger’s decision to back away from her movie career more than a decade ago — to focus on her family life — perplexed her peers and left her fans missing one of the most vibrant screen presences

‘Travels with My Aunt’: or, the wisdom of Katharine Hepburn

Although she received an inexplicable Oscar nomination for her performance, Maggie Smith’s work in the 1972 “Travels with My Aunt” is so misguided and so over-the-top that her peers in the acting

‘Mountainfilm’ brings a taste of Telluride to Fairfield

A selection of the best shorts from the annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado, is traveling the country and will be making a stop at the Community Theater in Fairfield Tuesday night.

Broadway as the biggest high school on earth

“The Playbill Broadway Yearbook” is a wonderful browsing volume that very quickly turns into an indispensable theater reference book. Volume 7 has just appeared which covers just about everything that

‘Skin’: another genre-mixing Pedro Almodovar movie

Working at the rate of a movie a year, and maintaining an incredibly high standard of quality, Pedro Almodovar has to compete first and foremost with himself each time he delivers a new picture. The

‘Miss Representation’: where do women find role models?

I’ve written here before about the wonderful documentary programming on the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), but the film debuting tonight at 9 p.m. — “Miss Representation” — is not up to the high

‘Who Am I This Time?’: before Jonathan Demme got serious

Nine years before “The Silence of the Lambs” turned Jonathan Demme into a Hollywood bigshot, the director made one of the most charming short films of the modern era, “Who Am I This Time?” The

‘The Carey Treatment’: lively thriller from an early Crichton book

Blake Edwards had one of the most eclectic filmographies of any major American director — everything from the slapstick Inspector Clouseau comedies to “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to unheralded thrillers