Monthly Archive for March, 2013

: March, 2013

Robert Redford puts another nail in Pauline Kael’s coffin

A great writer, but not such a great person. That’s the picture that has been slowly developing since film critic Pauline Kael died in 2001. A glance at any of Kael’s published collections will reveal

Paul Giamatti’s Hamlet: a new take on the melancholy Dane

A wonderful aspect of a long lifetime of theatergoing is to see “Hamlet” as many times as possible, done in as many different ways as brave actors and directors can dream up. Shakespeare’s play seems

Searching for a ‘lost’ movie? — give YouTube a shot

Movies are available from more sources than ever these days, but a surprising number of them still fall through the cracks. There are films which will probably never appear on home video because of

‘Hemingway & Gellhorn’: stars enliven campy, hyperbolic biopic

Most of my writer friends with HBO were appalled by “Hemingway & Gellhorn” when it premiered on the cable giant last year. They didn’t just dislike it, they hated it. Still, I wondered how bad

‘Hello I Must Be Going’: making depression dramatic (& funny)

It was great to be asked to moderate a discussion after a Westport Cinema Initiative screening of “Hello I Must Be Going” on Sunday. Of course, I had heard about the WCI — an ambitious plan to build a

‘Rust and Bone’: bleak but beautiful French drama

The Academy Award voters must have felt there was only room for one depressing French drama on their slate of 2012 nominees — “Amour” won that slot, leaving the almost equally estimable “Rust and

‘God Steeling’: men dealing with danger on the job

A gripping mix of journalism and drama, Charles Cissel’s new play “God Steeling” is about the lives of the men who have built our cities. Those brave souls who work on girders hundreds of feet in the

‘Kinky Boots’ looks to be a reviewer-proof Broadway hit

I caught a preview matinee of the new Broadway musical “Kinky Boots” on Saturday and enjoyed the old-fashioned showmanship of director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell, book writer Harvey Fierstein and

Time to restore the reputation of ‘Myra Breckinridge’ — the novel

It was sad to hear the news of Gore Vidal’s death in 2012, but not surprising to those of us who followed his career as a novelist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and TV commentator. The fact that

‘Gut Renovation’: a cranky view of change in Williamsburg

Anyone who lives in a city for more than a few years has to be ready to face change. Many of the buildings and businesses that seem an integral part of your life disappear just like the people in