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Questions concerning the 2013 remake of The Sound of Music

This December, NBC will feature a (capitalist-driven, ill-advised, awful-looking) live(!) version of Rogers and Hammerstein’s beloved classic, The Sound of Music. Premiering on Broadway in 1959 with an Oscar-winning 1965 … Continue reading

September 18, 2013 · 7 Comments

Dear Peter Capaldi: This Is Why You Make Me Nervous

Letters of love (or something like it) is our running series expressing love and admiration (and other things) for those unlikely to respond.  Dear Peter, It’s the elephant in the … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Party Like It’s 1922: Great Gatsby’s Guide to Partying with 100 of Your Most Sophisticated Friends

By now, unless you are living under a rock without Wifi, you have an opinion of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Perhaps you found Luhrmann’s 3-D film adaptation of F. … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Some Notes on Attempting to Watch Romantic Comedies Without Guilt

1. Is it made by a filmmaker respected for contributions to the cinematic mode? The Coen Brothers made Intolerable Cruelty open with Geoffrey Rush in a ponytail, and you can’t … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

On Rewatching “Monty Python” and Mocking the French

  In the first moments of the television documentary Typically British, director Stephen Frears mentions French auteur Francois Truffaut’s famous suggestion that there was “a certain incompatibility between the terms … Continue reading

May 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

If Katherine Hepburn Ran the Zoo

“I actually think he’s the new Spencer Tracy,” said Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin was describing Jeff Daniels, who had been called “the new Cary Grant.” I approved the reference, being quite … Continue reading

July 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

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