Monthly Archive for February, 2018

: February, 2018

‘Traitor’: old-fashioned craftsmanship

The 1962 Paramount espionage thriller “The Counterfeit Traitor” might look hopelessly archaic to young moviegoers raised on the hyperkinetic Jason Bourne adventures or the retooled James Bond films of

Two years in the world of porn

The adult film business reportedly outgrosses all professional sports revenues in this country, but there have been very few serious documentaries on the subject since “Deep Throat” pushed the XXX

‘People I Know’: the lost Al Pacino movie

You wouldn’t think that a movie starring Al Pacino and Kim Basinger would sit on a shelf for two years and then get a cursory theatrical release that earned only a little more than $100,000. But

The elusive Tuesday Weld in her prime

Hollywood got very nervous about movie violence in 1968 as a result of the terrible events of that year. In 1967, “Bonnie and Clyde” was condemned in some quarters for glamorizing violence, so when

When Steve McQueen made a big mistake

A documentary by Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna examines a troubled period in the life of movie star Steve McQueen when he tried to take more control of his destiny, with disastrous results. The

‘Woody Allen’: superior coffee table book

The British critic and journalist Tom Shone wrote the above-average text for an Abrams book on Martin Scorsese in 2014 – it was a tribute that managed to recognize the wildly varying quality of a

Allison Janney (& Chekhov) in Connecticut

The very gifted stage actor Christian Camargo made an auspicious film directing debut with “Days and Nights,” an adaptation of “The Seagull” set on a rambling Connecticut estate in the early 1980s.

‘Vanished’: a terrific series continues

Karen E. Olson wrote wonderful mysteries about a New Haven journalist and a Las Vegas tattoo artist, but her current “Black Hat” series about a computer hacker in exile has upped her game

‘Animal Kingdom’: season two with extras

The DVD might be going the way of the VHS tape – a number of my friends no longer own a player — but the format still offers pleasures that can’t be found on streaming service versions of movies and

In praise of Harriet Sansom Harris

New York theatergoers have been aware of the prodigious talent of Harriet Sansom Harris since she broke through in the 1993 Paul Rudnick play “Jeffrey.” The actress was given the tremendous