As the saying goes, you can’t choose your family. And that is a maxim we are forcefully reminded of during the holiday season, when we all return to our familial roosts, be they wacky or stern, neurotic or suffocating (or even fictionalized).
Figuring anybody cold and diabolical enough to join the C.I.A. deserves whatever they’ve got coming, I didn’t pay much attention to the Valerie Plame spy scandal when it hit the front pages in 2003. But Fair Game, with Naomi Watts as the suburban housewife with twins who was also a covert intelligence operative playing a Read More
Out of nowhere in Rick Moody’s new novel The Four Fingers of Death, there is a gay sex scene involving two astronauts flying on a rocket ship to Mars. “There was a sharp stabbing sensation, sort of how I imagine it must feel to find your innards impaled on a pike,” Mr. Moody Read More
Running time 110 minutes
Written by David Benioff
Directed by Jim Sheridan
Starring Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Sam Shepard, Mare Winningham
Brothers is the latest in a long string of “back from the war and wish I was dead” movies, following on the heels of the still-fresh and far Read More
"What I’ve discovered is that if people haven’t voted in four years, their names have been released from the book," said Carla D. Packer, the sixtysomething site coordinator at the polling place at Hayden Hall, the New York University dorm on Washington Square Park. "Sam Shepard was here with Jessica Lange and he apparently just re-registered. Read More
RUNNING TIME 104 minutes
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY Ric Roman Waugh
STARRING Stephen Dorff, Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard, Harold Perrineau
Prison movies may not be everyone’s idea of escapist entertainment, but with nearly two million people overcrowding the U.S. penal system already and the numbers growing daily, it’s a Read More
Room with a view
We were talking last week to Horst Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda, about the $4.3m penthouse apartment he just bought at his One Fifth Avenue co-op.
“The view here is Heaven,” exclaimed Mr. Rechelbacher, referring to his wrap-around porch. “Heaven on Earth with a view.”
“It’s 360,” Read More
Michael Almereyda’s This So-Called Disaster takes a tempestuous backstage look at Sam Shepard during the fall of 2000 as he directs his play The Late Henry Moss for its premiere performance in San Francisco. The play’s cast, top-heavy with movie celebrities, consists of Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, James Gammon, Woody Harrelson, Cheech Marin and Sheila Read More
Make no mistake: The major new production of Sam Shepard’s True West , with Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly, must be seen, and even seen twice.
The committed Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Reilly, more widely known for their movies, are alternating roles in this near-mythic battle between Lee, the white-trash drifter and small-time Read More
Matthew Warchus’ Simpatico , from the screenplay by Mr. Warchus and David Nicholls, based on Sam Shepard’s play Simpatico , demonstrates how the avant-garde theater of 30 years ago can be reduced to the rear-guard cinema of today. From the moment we first see hobo-like Nick Nolte’s Vinnie hunched inside an outdoor telephone booth, his Read More