Monthly Archive for August, 2016

: August, 2016

Gene Wilder – a good neighbor in Stamford

We were very lucky that the great actor (and writer) Gene Wilder chose to spend his retirement years in Stamford rather than in Los Angeles or New York City. After he stopped making movies, Wilder

‘She Loves Me’: old-fashioned cast album

Back in the days when Broadway cast albums topped the charts – from the 1950s into the 1970s – they were recorded as prestige items by major record labels with the full orchestra going into a studio

‘Signpost’: Joanne Woodward at low ebb

The Warner Archive release “Signpost to Murder” takes us back to a tough period in Joanne Woodward’s movie career. The stage and TV actress had only made a couple of films when she won the Oscar for

Two summer thrillers 50 years apart

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of a movie that wasn’t much loved when it opened and whose reputation has not exactly soared over the years – the Stanley Donen espionage thriller “Arabesque,”

‘Equity’: women on Wall Street

The new independent film “Equity” has a lot going for it. The subject matter – the special pressures faced by women working on Wall Street — is fresh. The cast, headed by the wonderful stage and TV

‘The Dollhouse’: 1950s Manhattan vs. now

A mix of mystery, romance, and historical fiction, “The Dollhouse” by Fiona Davis contrasts the lives of striving young New York City women 60 years ago and today. The debut novel that Dutton is

The return of the double feature

Once a staple of art houses, the classic double feature disappeared long ago. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, it was common practice for theaters specializing in foreign films and vintage American movies

#FridayReads ‘Damaged’ – a child is waiting

Philadelphia lawyer Mary DiNunzio was the character at the center of Lisa Scottoline’s debut novel “Everywhere That Mary Went” in 1993, so she has a special place in the hearts of fans of the writer.

In praise of ‘utility player’ Arthur Hiller

In its obit for Arthur Hiller today, The Hollywood Reporter called the director “Hollywood’s utility player.” Like many other major directors of the 1960s and 1970s, Hiller worked in live television

‘Kingdom’: the family that kills together…

TNT wisely renewed “Animal Kingdom” before the final episode of season one was shown last week. The finale of the 10-episode run could have stood as a capper if the show never had a second season, but