Monthly Archive for March, 2014

: March, 2014

Lorenzo Semple, Jr. R.I.P. — master of paranoia

The screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr., who died in Los Angeles Friday at the age of 91, never won an Oscar but his name is on a terrific bunch of movies, including two of the great paranoid thrillers

#FridayReads ‘Frog Music’ by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue has followed her international bestseller, and book club favorite,  “Room” with a powerful crime novel “Frog Music” that Little Brown will publish April 1. Borrowing a page from Ruth

‘Veep’: the new golden age of TV continues

“Genius” is the most overused word in the Hollywood lexicon, but it’s hard to think of a better one-word description of Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Worthy of comparison with any of the top comediennes in

‘How About Never’: behind the scenes at The New Yorker

Bob Mankoff’s “How About Never — Is Never Good for You?” is one of the funniest memoirs of recent years, as might be expected from the author’s job as cartoon editor of The New Yorker. Mankoff has

‘Broadway Backwards’: gender-bending benefit

It was fun last night to see a few dozen Broadway performers tackle songs they wouldn’t ordinarily have a chance to sing. “Broadway Backwards,” now in its ninth year, is a benefit for Broadway

‘Next Year Jerusalem’: hello in there

Documentarian David Gaynes deserves kudos for turning his camera on a subject that few movies tackle and many of us try to avoid — senior citizens near the end of life. Gaynes’ new film “Next Year

‘These Paper Bullets!’ needs more music, less Shakespeare

The new show at Yale Rep — “These Paper Bullets!” — looks like a million bucks. The design elements for this London circa 1964 “ripoff” of “Much Ado About Nothing” are Broadway quality, as you would

#FridayReads ‘The Collector of Dying Breaths’ by M.J. Rose

A mix of history, eroticism, thriller and supernatural mystery, the new M.J. Rose novel “The Collector of Dying Breaths” defies any easy categorization, but it’s a terrific piece of entertainment.

‘Nymphomaniac, Vol. 1’: Lars von Trier on sex and love

The most interesting movie of the new year — Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac, Vol. 1” — won’t be playing in theaters until tomorrow, but it has been available from the various video-on-demand services

‘Jewish Cardinal’: inside the politics of The Vatican

The 18th Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Fest is opening Thursday night with the very provocative and very entertaining French drama “The Jewish Cardinal.” The film directed by Ilan Duran Cohen tells