“The nation—the world—has agreed that they’d rather give up their privacy than be censored,” film director Hal Hartley told the Transom as we waited for seats at the low-key Greenwich Village brasserie Bar Six. He added, “The president, a couple of years ago, talked about how children have such a totally different kind of awareness of their sexuality and access to a level of perversion that was unknown to grown-ups 30 years ago.”
How did we get on this topic? Oh, yeah, the Internet.
Baseball movies do not exactly accelerate my pulse rate. They’re like annual flu shots-a dreaded, painless, but get-it-over-with-fast necessity. That’s why I amaze myself at how much I liked The Rookie . This true story about Jimmy Morris, the high-school chemistry teacher in Texas who finally achieved his lifelong goal to become a major-league pitcher, Read More
Day One . Pondering the reality-show craze, your diarist wonders if the appeal of a desert-island setting or digs without indoor plumbing isn’t a sitcom version of Outward Bound, where those whose every material desire is satisfied by the click of a mouse can test their mettle with a leaner and meaner life. Most commentators Read More
Pip Karmel’s Me Myself I , from a screenplay by Ms. Karmel, might be regarded and possibly dismissed as still another one of those “what if” fantasies that have been coming out lately with increasing frequency, were it not for the stunningly comprehensive and charismatic dual performance of Rachel Griffiths as both Pamela Drury, successful Read More
Hal Hartley’s Henry Fool was not well received at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and now I can see why. This very dark parable of success and failure in the very fallible literary world brazenly violated the hedonistic and self-congratulatory spirit of Cannes, where worship of that bitch-goddess Success is unconditional. From what I had Read More