Monthly Archive for February, 2015

: February, 2015

‘Bad Jews’: grandpa dies, family implodes

Like an intricate puzzle, a family can fall apart after you remove one piece. Perhaps the saddest coming-of-age moment occurs at a funeral when you realize that things will never be the same after the

‘The Doomsday Equation’: 3 days until the end

In addition to his day job as a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter, Matt Richtel has launched a second career as one of our best thriller writers. “The Doomsday Equation” — which William

‘The Last Five Years’: unhappily ever after

Why do so many of the most beloved romantic movies end so unhappily? Hollywood might think audiences hate sad finales but there is plenty of evidence to discount that notion — “Casablanca,” “Annie

Oscar exhaustion: a season of hype & dirty tricks

I’m sure there will be a lot of fun to be had watching ABC’s telecast of the Oscar ceremonies tonight — who doesn’t want to watch what Neil Patrick Harris does with the host gig? — but I must admit I

A ‘Strangelove’ picture worth several thousand words

The 1964 Stanley Kubrick film “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” is in my all-time top-ten movie list — or maybe even my top-five, depending on the mood I’m in. The

Oscar chat tonight at the Plumb Library

As mainstream Hollywood films — i.e. the stuff that is shown in multiplexes most of the year — get more kiddie oriented, and more overseas market driven, adults owe a certain debt of gratitude to the

‘The Whites’: whatever it is, it’s great

There has been a lot of publishing world chatter over the past week about the new Henry Holt novel “The Whites” and its unusual author billing — “Richard Price Writing As Harry Brandt.” Writing under

Missing Alistair Cooke on ‘Masterpiece Theater’

When I was researching a piece on the new “The Jewel in the Crown” DVD recently I had a great time paging through a lavishly illustrated history of “Masterpiece Theatre” that PBS put out in 1996 to

‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’: Alain Resnais classic restored

It will be my pleasure to introduce a screening of the recent restoration of Alain Resnais’ 1959 art house classic, “Hiroshima Mon Amour” Thursday night at the Avon Theatre Film Center in Stamford.

‘Twelve Days’: countdown to war with Iran

The new Alex Berenson novel “Twelve Days” (published today by G.P. Putnam’s Sons) picks up where last year’s “The Counterfeit Agent” left off — ex-CIA agent John Wells has survived captivity and a