Monthly Archive for June, 2016

: June, 2016

‘Mr. Robot’: another reason to stay home

There are a few current movies I still want to catch up with – “Maggie’s Plan” and “Love & Friendship,” among them – but it was hard to be motivated to leave the house earlier this week when I

‘Altitude’: Jose Llana’s life in the theater

The amazingly versatile singer-actor Jose Llana celebrated two decades of work in the New York theater with a concert at Lincoln Center last year. The show was perfectly bookended by performances of

‘Shadowed’: hacker on the run

I couldn’t have picked up the new Karen E. Olson novel “Shadowed” (Severn House) at a better time. I dug into Olson’s ultra-suspenseful tale of a computer hacker on the lam in Quebec just a few days

‘54’: salvaging a 1998 flop

The 1998 summer movie “54” was widely panned and it bombed at the box office, but it wasn’t the film the writer-director Mark Christopher intended for us to see. A series of disastrous pre-release

‘For the Love of Movies’ — Pauline Kael & Co.

The 2007 Gerald Peary documentary “For the Love of Movies” is available via Netflix streaming, and it’s an entertaining look at the parallel histories of movies and movie critics over the past

A forgotten piece of smut from 1968

The terrific Warner Archive program released another horribly fascinating DVD a few years ago — a painfully out of touch MGM comedy from 1968, “The Impossible Years.” When I say “out of touch” I

‘Two Brains’: Steve Martin’s funniest movie?

I remember enjoying the early Steve Martin movie “The Man with Two Brains” when it opened during the summer of 1983, but it seems even funnier now, thanks to the Warner Archive DVD reissue. There is

‘Renaissance’ – a return to the ‘Rat Pack’ era

I was lucky to see one of the first performances of “Music of the Mad Men Era,” a show Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson put together five years ago. Jackson teamed up with the New York Pops in 2011 for

Back to the 1980s with Nikki Haskell

The kitschy “Nikki Haskell Show,” which was a cable TV staple in the early 1980s, is back in the form of 16 random episodes that were recently added to the Amazon Prime streaming service. Haskell

‘Moms Mabley’: racial and sexual pioneer

The 2013 HBO documentary “Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley” is a loving tribute to a woman who opened doors that Goldberg, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin and many others would walk through. A DVD