Monthly Archive for July, 2016

: July, 2016

‘On a Clear Day…’: a flashback to 1970

Only the music has held up in the 46 years since “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” opened in movie theaters. What was meant to be Hollywood newcomer Barbra Streisand’s third epic musical in a row

‘Falling’: what is this thing called love?

Nobody is better at writing about life transitions than Jane Green. Maybe because she has gone through so many of them herself – from her native England to a new life in America, from singles

‘The Invisible Hand’: terrorism & banking

There’s a special theatrical excitement when you see a play that seems to connect with things that are going on in the world right now. Ayad Akhtar achieved that electric quality in his Pulitzer

‘Confirmation’: sex & politics in 1991

At the moment, TV audiences seem to be fascinated by 1990s scandals – Fox had a great success with its O.J. Simpson miniseries earlier this year and ESPN also won great praise and big audiences for

‘Animal Kingdom’: the return of Ellen Barkin

It’s great to see Ellen Barkin back in action as the criminal matriarch in the TNT summer series “Animal Kingdom.” The show is based on a 2010 Australian film with the same title, but it has been

‘Election Year’: a B-movie with a kick

The three low-budget “Purge” movies, written and directed by James DeMonaco, have explored contemporary American politics in ways that scare mainstream Hollywood moviemakers. Because he has worked on

‘Guilty Minds’: Supreme Court sex scandal

Dutton is publishing Joseph Finder’s thirteenth novel today, but there is nothing unlucky about “Guilty Minds.” Finder is one of the best contemporary thriller writers and the new one is a terrific

‘Cassavetes/Rowlands’ series opens in NYC

Downtown Manhattan’s elegant new arthouse – The Metrograph – is launching a terrific nine day series devoted to the films of writer-director-actor John Cassavetes and the work he did with his great

Why you should be in Madison Friday night

There are book signings and then there’s the Lisa Scottoline/Francesca Serritella road show. Part love-in, part comedy show, part family relations seminar, the annual summer book tour stops of the

‘Small Mouth Sounds’: the power of silence

After a test run at Ars Nova last year, Bess Wohl’s wonderful comedy-drama “Small Mouth Sounds” has just started a two-month commercial engagement off Broadway. It’s as much an experience as a play