Screenwriter, director, and essayist Nora Ephron died last night; she was 71. Wonderful tributes and memories of Ephron’s legacy keep pouring out (just one example: it turns out the You’ve Got Mail website is very much intact, and itself a wonderful, odd little remnant of one of her more profound tributes to the Upper West Side).
If you haven’t read the New York Times‘ exceptional obituary of Ms. Ephron do so. Meanwhile, we have been relishing our own small piece of Ephron’s legacy: The You’ve Got Mail character Frank Navasky, played by Greg Kinnear.
“Have you ever been to Minneapolis?” Billy Crudup asked the New York Observer last night at the Soho Grand Hotel’s Club Room, where the Cinema Society & Grey Goose were hosting an after-party for their screening of the bleakly dark comedy, Thin Ice.
We actually hadn’t been, but Mr. Crudup had, as that was where the movie had been shot.
“It’s very, very cold,” he told us.
“Oh, we can’t imagine. So in the movie…”
“No, no no noooo,” he interrupted us, chuckling. “It’s very, very cold.”
Billy Crudup then stared at the New York Observer for a beat, decided something, and leaned in to tell us a secret.
On the wobbly heels of the disastrous atheist film The Ledge comes another hopeless flop about the hypocrisy and homicidal passions of evil born-again Christians, called Salvation Boulevard. I’m not taking sides. I’m just telling you it’s a stupid farrago of aborted ideas, misguided actors, lame direction, submental writing and follow-the-dots plotting that never Read More
Running time 115 minutes
Written by BRIAN HELGELAND
Directed by PAUL GREENGRASS
Starring MATT DAMON, GREG KINNEAR, AMY RYAN, BRENDAN GLEESON
2 Eyeballs out of 4
A Superman epic masquerading as a political exposé The Green Zone is one of those crypto-technical thrillers I usually have to consult a Read More
The most unappealing part of the Oscar season–besides the sniping text messages from Mickey Rourke–is observing how the echo chamber created by critics (and bloggers) ends up affecting the mindset of actual Academy Award voters. It seems like fewer and fewer movies and performers are invited into the inner circle each year, probably Read More
FLASH OF GENIUS
RUNNING TIME 119 minutes
WRITTEN BY Philip Railsback
DIRECTED BY Marc Abraham
STARRING Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Alan Alda, Dermot Mulroney
Equally sincere but without much entertainment value, Flash of Genius is another of those movies about honest, ordinary citizens fighting the powerful system of Read More
Irina Aleksander is sad to report that the parents of charmingly kooky socialite Arden Wohl have separated, and dad Larry has been spotted around town with a woman who is not his wife Denise.
Ms. Aleksander also stopped by Barneys on Monday evening for a book party celebrating Graydon Carter’s new tome, Read More
The new warmhearted comedy Ghost Town, starring Ricky Gervais and Téa Leoni, has all kinds of comforting messages about life and death. Turns out if you get hit by a bus but still have unfinished business on Earth, you get to resolve all your issues with loved ones before a beam of light appears and Read More
FEAST OF LOVE
RUNNING TIME 102 minutes
DIRECTED BY Robert Benton
STARRING Morgan Freeman, Greg Kinnear, Selma Blair, Radha Mitchell
Robert Benton’s Feast of Love, from a screenplay by Allison Burnett and based on the novel by Charles Baxter, serves admirably as a playful respite from the Read More
From pigtailed Rhoda Penmark in The Bad Seed to Damien, the brat with the squinty pinball eyes in The Omen and its many sandpaper sequels, the dreaded children of the damned always return to movie screens hoping to jazz up the box-office lull. With the slick, sometimes interesting but always predictable-and ultimately disappointing-thriller Godsend , Read More