Another drawback to the long and cold winter, besides all the obvious complaints: a total lack of DVD releases. In recent weeks our Netflix queue has been a desolate wasteland of old classics and new crap. When we get emails telling us What Just Happened? has shipped, and we’re actually kind of excited, the situation Read More
Want to avert your eyes from the stock market? Hollywood has six new releases out this weekend to numb our collective pain. Phew! The big one is Ridley Scott’s actioner, Body of Lies, staring Russell Crowe (looking suspiciously like the late J.T. Walsh) and Leonardo DiCaprio (looking suspiciously like Robert De Niro in Heat). Read More
The 46th New York Film Festival officially opens tonight with The Class (reviewed this week by Andrew Sarris), but soggy members of the press and industry showed up this morning for a screening of Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky. The film is all about a thirty-year-old woman named Poppy, an irrepressible schoolteacher in the Read More
Why are New Yorker writers so stage-struck? Betrayed, George Packer’s adaptation of his 16,000-word New Yorker feature of the same name that exposed the U.S. government’s shameful indifference to the fate of its loyal Iraqi employees in Baghdad, is a memorable contribution to downtown’s Culture Project. It’s Mr. Packer’s first play, and it’s a trend. Read More
In The Transom: Mike Leigh and Scott Elliott lunch at Balthazar; Judy Dench, Joan Collins, and Kathleen Turner consider the war in Iraq; When Is a Chair Not a Chair? When it’s at the Studio Museum in Harlem and Peter Norton is buying them. Plus! Our East End Correspondent Taffy Winesap Settles in for Read More
Hey, things are looking good and weird out there! This fall brings Bebe Neuwirth in a surreal textual experiment, Isabelle Huppert in a suicidal frenzy, Patti LuPone hauling around a tuba, and talking sea creatures from the deep. Plus? Snoopy’s dead, man!
After her delectable and hilarious turn as Clarice in Silence! The Musical, Jenn Read More
John Waters meets Shakespeare in Love in the vibrant, thrilling, colorful and somewhat campy Stage Beauty, set in the bawdy days of the British Restoration, when women were forbidden to appear onstage and men won admirers on both sides of the sexual equation for playing everything from Aphrodite to Juliet. In 1661, waspish London diarist Read More
John Guare’s new play with the ungainly title, A Few Stout Individuals , with its manic swirl of ideas and eccentricities, its heady literary allusions and fantasy, is at least one of his more typical screwball contributions. It’s a merry thinking-man’s stew about the dying, impoverished Ulysses S. Grant and the race to finish his Read More
The British love nothing more than slumming. It makes them feel like good missionaries. The dark allure of “the other side,” the supposed glamour of the seedy underbelly of London low life, or the peculiar morals and manners of the working classes, have always been of prurient interest to the virtuous bourgeoisie of England.
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