Monthly Archive for July, 2015

: July, 2015

#FridayReads ‘The Hirschfeld Century’ – art as history

A historian as well as an artist, the late great Al Hirschfeld gave us a vivid record of more than 80 years of stage productions in New York. Hirschfeld’s caricatures – which ran regularly in The New

‘That Sugar Film’: much more than a spoonful

Taking a page from Morgan Spurlock’s book, the Australian actor-director Damon Gameau used himself as a guinea pig to create the alarming new documentary “That Sugar Film.” Spurlock warned us of the

‘Deadly Assets’: W.E.B. Griffin’s Philly cop series

The maintenance of a long-running crime novel series can be tricky. Should the writer age his or her character another year with each new book or keep mining one small slice of time as Sue Grafton has

The hard-to-find film obsessions of Bruce Weber

Most media savvy people have seen many of Bruce Weber’s photos over the past 40 years — in editorial layouts for Vogue and Vanity Fair, and in ad campaigns for Abercrombie + Fitch and Ralph Lauren —

Rent it now: Annette Bening in ‘Mother and Child’

Annette Bening got a lot of well-deserved attention 2010 for her work in “The Kids Are Alright” — including an Oscar nomination — but few have seen the other superb performance she gave that year,

‘Scents and Sensibility’: a dog’s POV on crime

It was such fun to do a public interview with bestselling author Spencer Quinn (aka Peter Abrahams) at the Westport Library Tuesday night. Quinn was in town to promote “Scents and Sensibility”

‘Scenes’: a bittersweet triumph for Jan Maxwell

You only have until August 9 to see Jan Maxwell give an extraordinary performance as a painter fighting the 16th century Venetian power establishment in “Scenes from an Execution” at Atlantic Stage 2

‘Sick in the Head’: a gift from Judd Apatow

Before he was a TV and movie writer-director-producer, Judd Apatow was a slightly crazed fan of comedy who, working on a high school radio station on Long Island, managed to snag interviews with stars

The lowdown on ‘Jaws’ in its 40th anniversary year

Part scrapbook, part movie history coffee table tome, “Jaws: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard” by Matt Taylor (Titan Books) is an exhaustive account of the filming of the 1975 Steven Spielberg classic

‘Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?’: healing power of humor

Many of us plan all year to tackle a big book during our summer beach time — a classic we’ve been meaning to read forever or maybe something more recent with intimidating heft. One of the best jokes