Monthly Archive for April, 2012

: April, 2012

‘Around the World in 80 Days’: nostalgia isn’t what it used to be

From July 8, 2011 – It can be dangerous to tamper with your past by going back to a movie you loved as a child but haven’t seen since. When I impulsively pulled “Around the World in 80 Days” off a

‘Lethal’: another masterful Sandra Brown thriller

From Oct. 11, 2011 – Unlike some of her bestselling peers who can fall back on continuing characters who have sold well in the past, Sandra Brown starts each of her new thrillers with a blank slate.

Is there sex after death? ‘L.A. Zombie’ says ‘yes’

From Aug. 31, 2011 – With pop culture in the middle of another big zombie revival no one should be too surprised by the crazy Bruce LaBruce picture “L.A. Zombie” (Strand Releasing) — due on DVD next

Hello I must be going!

Your faithful blogger is taking a few days off for R & R and to recharge my cultural batteries. I will be running a few vintage posts over the next few days, but will return shortly with reports

‘Spine-Tingler’ recalls the B-movie Alfred Hitchcock

Last night, thanks to Netflix, I watched a wonderful documentary, “Spine Tingler,” about William Castle, a B-movie producer-director of the 1950s and 1960s who is fondly remembered as one of the

‘Damsels’: the wacky alternate universe of Whit Stillman

Is it another remake of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” in which the pods are taking over a college campus? Or, a recycling of “The Stepford Wives” set in academia? Those were just a couple of the

‘Dropped Names’: reinventing the show-biz memoir

Frank Langella has written just the sort of smart, funny and honest memoir you might expect from the great stage star and dynamic film actor. “Dropped Names” doesn’t really tell the story of the life

‘Clybourne Park’: laughs that stick in your throat

Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park” arrived on Broadway last week in the wake of several successful regional theater productions after it won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Fortunately, the

The most revolutionary movie of the 1960s?

Although French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard was never as popular with U.S. arthouse audiences as his peer Francois Truffaut, Godard’s stunning 1959 debut film, “Breathless (A Bout de

‘Ridgefield in Love’: giving romance novels a fair shake

The arbitrary distinction made by some critics (and readers) between “literary fiction” and mysteries has always driven me crazy because I happen to think that some of the best books being published