Monthly Archive for December, 2012

: December, 2012

‘Grace’: Broadway gets a taste of edgy contemporary drama

Serious plays have a rough go on Broadway these days because of rising costs and an audience that tends to prefer musicals or star-studded revivals. While I waited on line at the TKTS booth yesterday,

‘Saul Steinberg’: the artist who was ‘pop’ before Andy Warhol

Many of us knew Saul Steinberg primarily as the very witty and very clever cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker during its heyday. Steinberg created a genuinely iconic image for the magazine

Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in ‘Game Change’

The one-shot films produced by HBO rarely reach the same high level as the weekly series presented by the cable giant. Perhaps because a series can generate so much more revenue than two-hour

A very late report on the Broadway revival of ‘Evita’

On Christmas night, thanks to my brother, I finally got to see the revival of “Evita” that has been running on Broadway since last spring. It’s an enjoyable production — with fine performances by

‘Looking at Christmas’ gets second life via Channel 13

You would have to be a major league Grinch not to be charmed by the holiday show produced by The Flea Theater, “Looking at Christmas,” which is being telecast by Channel 13 tonight at 10 p.m. Directed

‘All-American’: the wide-ranging eye of Bruce Weber

A magazine in the form of a book, or a book with the spirit of a magazine? It’s hard to define what the photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber has been doing since 2001 in the series of volumes he

‘Collateral Damage’: another Stuart Woods page-turner

Stuart Woods has created several series characters, but my favorite is Manhattan fixer Stone Barrington, who returns for a 25th adventure in “Collateral Damage,” which G.P. Putnam’s Sons will be

‘The Piano Teacher’: the daring genius of Isabelle Huppert

The artistic connection between Austrian director Michael Haneke and the French actress Isabelle Huppert has been a perfect creative marriage. The icy, unsparing filmmaker and one of the world’s most

‘Frenzy’: Alfred Hitchcock’s most disturbing sequence?

A lot has been written in recent weeks about the psychology of “master of suspense” Alfred Hitchcock as depicted in two recent bio-dramas — “The Girl” on HBO a few months ago and “Hitchcock” which

Rent it now: one of 2012’s best films – ‘The Kid with a Bike’

The Belgian brother filmmaking team of Pierre and Luc Dardenne have one of the most unadorned styles in modern cinema — low key performances, minimal use of music, no fancy cinematography or editing