Monthly Archive for January, 2015

: January, 2015

‘Still Alice’: devastating Julianne Moore performance

Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s new film about the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease — “Still Alice” — might be hard to get through without Julianne Moore in the title role. The film is almost as

‘Collapse’: the ‘fiscal cliff’ was just the beginning

If you enjoyed the Oscar-winning documentary “Inside Job” you might want to check out Chris Smith’s riveting 2009 documentary, “Collapse” (MPI Home Video), even though it’s the sort of unalloyed

‘Everything or Nothing’: 50 years of James Bond

Imagine if in 1962 movie audiences were still seeing variations on the silent hits of 1912. That’s the position we are now in with the James Bond franchise, which started more than 50 years ago, long

The best pre-‘La Dolce Vita’ Anita Ekberg film

In the years before she became an iconic figure in Federico Fellini’s 1960 blockbuster “La Dolce Vita,” Anita Ekberg had a brief flirtation with Hollywood stardom. The stunning blonde, who died Jan.

‘The Rest of the Story’: Arthur Laurents on his own

The Arthur Laurents memoir “The Rest of the Story” (Applause Books) fills us in on the decade after the 2000 publication of the playwright and director’s excellent — an unusually juicy —

The 1967 film that rivals ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ & ‘The Graduate’

While on vacation a few years ago, I was browsing in one of those DVD discount bins and there was a movie I loved but hadn’t seen in ages — “Two for the Road,” the 1967 Audrey Hepburn-Albert Finney

The vanishing DVD commentary track

With so many people I know switching to downloading movies via the Internet, rather than watching them on DVD, the days of the director/actor commentary track seem to be numbered. And who will miss

Is Chris Hemsworth a movie star?

Movie industry executives are still dazed by two big surprises over the weekend — the blockbuster grosses scored by Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” and the complete wipe-out of Michael Mann’s

The double life of Mike Greenberg

By day, Mike Greenberg is one of America’s most popular sports broadcasters, as half of ESPN’s “Mike and Mike.” During other hours that he carves out, however, Greenberg has been building a second

‘Death Logs In’: a new kind of immortality

Part thriller, part black comedy and part science-fiction, E.J. Simon’s second novel “Death Logs In” (Simon/Zef Publishing) is built around a premise that seems less fanciful with each new day —