Monthly Archive for September, 2014

: September, 2014

‘The Cosmoplitans’: movie to TV exodus continues

Add Whit Stillman to the growing list of smart movie directors who are finding shelter in the ever-expanding world of TV. The creator of “Metropolitan,” “Barcelona” and “Damsels in Distress”

‘Veep’ + ‘House of Cards’ = ‘Madam Secretary’

If you missed the premiere of the CBS series “Madam Secretary” last Sunday, you can do like I did the other night and download it for free from Amazon Instant. No TV series can be judged from one

‘Starred Up’: the rise of Jack O’Connell

The 24-year-old English actor Jack O’Connell should be receiving lots of press attention when the film version of the best-selling Laura Hillenbrand book “Unbroken” opens in December. O’Connell landed

John Lahr’s ‘Tennessee Williams’ an instant classic

12 years in the research and writing, John Lahr’s “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh” (Norton) examines the great playwright primarily through his work and the result is both definitive

Extending the summer vibe with Elin Hilderbrand

Autumn might be arriving on Tuesday, but a good way to extend that summer vibe is to read Elin Hilderbrand. I was introduced to the bestselling writer’s work when she came to Connecticut a few years

Is Pierce Brosnan in his prime at 61?

Ignoring the rather lousy reviews — and the dismal 36 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes — I made “The November Man” my rainy day movie during a beach vacation last week. The combination of an

‘Smoke’: flirting with sexual danger at a New York party

The already intimate basement space at the Flea Theater has been reconfigured to be even more up-close-and-personal for the new Kim Davies play “Smoke.” By clustering the seating around the small set

A still-daring film from the summer of Woodstock

  Haskell Wexler’s “Medium Cool” didn’t get nearly as much attention as some of the other daring major studio films of the summer of 1969 — it was up against “Midnight Cowboy” and “Easy Rider”

‘Party Animals’: 1970s Hollywood decadence

If you’re looking for an especially juicy Hollywood biography you should check out then-Variety senior editor Robert Hofler’s 2009 book about the film and stage producer Allan Carr — “Party Animals”

The Peter O’Toole movie that launched Woody Allen

When Peter O’Toole died last year, all of the obits of course referenced “Lawrence of Arabia,” the 1962 classic that introduced the Irish actor to movie audiences and made him an instant international