Monthly Archive for September, 2017

: September, 2017

Woody Allen’s most underrated film?

Woody Allen has made so many movies over the past five decades that some of them don’t receive as much attention as they deserve. Everyone knows about the masterpieces — “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,”

Where are Tom Cruise’s early co-stars?

It is depressing to compare the status and durability of leading actors and actresses in Hollywood. Men are still viable as action heroes and romantic leads well into their 50s and 60s while movie

‘Warner Bros.’: ‘Jazz Singer’ to James Dean

The brilliant movie critic and historian David Thomson has contributed a lean but insightful volume to the Yale University Press Jewish Lives series. “Warner Bros.” takes us through the history of

The lost Michael Chabon adaptation

“The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” arrived on video seven years ago as seriously damaged goods. Shot in 2006 and screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007, the picture received mostly withering

‘Piano Teacher’: Isabelle Huppert at her best

The Criterion Collection is releasing a two-disc DVD version of the 2001 Michael Haneke film “The Piano Teacher” today. Haneke would go on to make “Cache,” “The White Ribbon,” “Amour” and other strong

‘The Devouring’: the business of war

Soho Crime has just published James R. Benn’s “The Devouring,” the 12th in a series of wonderful books about ex-Boston detective Billy Boyle, a relative of General Dwight Eisenhower, who is sent on a

Rent it now: ‘Long Distance Runner’

The French New Wave of the early 1960s is still written about endlessly because the key directors of that movement, Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut, had such a major influence on Hollywood and

‘While We’re Young’: 1970s style comedy

If you miss the sharply satirical comedies that Paul Mazursky made during the 1970s you should check out “While We’re Young,” which is available from Amazon Video and Netflix. The Noah Baumback film

#FridayReads: ‘What Happened’ in 2016

It was slightly depressing to read Hillary Clinton’s memoir “What Happened” (Simon and Schuster) earlier this week, as the man who beat her in last year’s presidential race was preparing to embarrass

The myths of 1970s New York City

HBO has a winner in the new series “The Deuce” which is about prostitution and the rise of porn in 1970s New York City. It joins a long line of films and TV shows that have delved into the seamier