Monthly Archive for July, 2012

: July, 2012

‘Follies’: sprucing up Stephen Sondheim’s 1971 masterpiece

The big news in Broadway musical fan circles this week is the release of a new limited edition CD of the original cast album of “Follies,” the 1971 show that Stephen Sondheim did with co-directors

‘Bond Girl’: low aspirations in Wall Street chick lit novel

When Erin Duffy’s debut novel “Bond Girl” (William Morrow) was published last winter, it got high marks from the Entertainment Weekly reviewer and a strong blurb from one of my favorite novelists,

‘Skidoo’: when the Hollywood old guard tried to get hip

The Otto Preminger film “Skidoo” flopped upon opening in late 1968 and then became a minor cult film after it vanished in a way that few big budget Hollywood films ever do. For more than 40 years, the

The quintessential New York City feminist baby boomer

Julie Salamon gave us what is probably the best book ever written about the production of a movie — “The Devil’s Candy” — and you can now read the paperback edition of her terrific 20111 glimpse into

‘Mandingo’: they don’t make them like this anymore (or do they?)

Because I was living not that far above the Mason-Dixon line in 1975, I never had a chance to see the widely panned but hugely successful Southern plantation sex-and-violence drama, “Mandingo.” I

‘Where We Belong’: two sides of an adoption story

Emily Giffin displays impressive empathetic gifts in her latest novel, “Where We Belong” (St. Martin’s Press), which digs into the highly charged issue of adoption, from both sides of the equation.

Is there a link between movie violence and ‘real’ violence?

The possible link between violent movies and “real” violence seems to be discussed every time we have a mass shooting incident like the one in Colorado last week. What makes the most recent massacre

‘Broken Harbor’: another brilliant, troubling Tana French novel

(Note: This blog post was supposed to run Saturday but because of a glitch only the headline ran.) Tana French’s debut book, “In the Woods,” was showered with awards when it appeared in 2007, but the

‘David and Lisa’: indie classic celebrates 50th anniversary

Sometimes it is best not to test a fond memory. A friend recently told me about watching a favorite film of his youth — the 1966 antiwar comedy “King of Hearts” — and being disappointed by it. The

‘Dark Knight’: who to ‘blame’ for the horror in Colorado?

Yesterday in this space I wrote about the death threats some film critics received earlier in the week when they panned “The Dark Knight Rises” before the picture debuted at midnight showings all over