| Jun 1, 2008
ON a recent afternoon at the Warner Bros. lot, Clint Eastwood took a break from a long day in the editing bay and strolled over to a hushed screening room. There, his armed-and-dangerous past was waiting for him, and the filmmaker winced when he looked it...
| Dec 16, 2007
In terms of home entertainment, viewers had an embarrassment of riches to choose from this year. Among 2007's best releases were restored old favorites and newly discovered rarities, television classics past and present, and at the top of the heap, the...
| Jan 17, 2008
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Drive-By Truckers "Brighter Than Creation's Dark" (New West) *** ½
THE eighth album from this protean band completes one of the widest mood swings in recent rock history. After specializing in thematically cohesive albums and a revitalized brand of...
| Mar 3, 2010
Hugh Hefner has a confession.
"I think I opened the first Playboy Club because of 'Casablanca.' I wanted to have a place where people came to hang out as they did at Rick's," admits the pajama-clad founder of the Playboy empire.
The Oscar-winning 1942...
| Oct 4, 2009
Farber on Film
The Complete Film Writings
of Manny Farber
Edited by Robert Polito
Library of America: 824 pp., $40
At this year's Academy Awards, the most incongruous moment came during the "In Memoriam" roll call. Among the distinguished deceased...
| Feb 18, 2007
Paris -- The French may rail about Hollywood's global domination, but they have a soft spot in their hearts for vintage American movies, as anyone who watches French television knows.
Channel surfing here has given me such pleasures as the 1949 John Ford...
| Nov 11, 2009
Black humor is the match that closet idealists strike to keep the real darkness at bay.
"Hollywood Moon" is the third in the series of novels Joseph Wambaugh has set in LAPD's Hollywood station -- and, by far, the best in the sequence. A meticulously...
| Aug 6, 2009
Budd Schulberg, who exposed the dark side of American ambition in his acclaimed Hollywood novel "What Makes Sammy Run?" and won an Academy Award for his screenplay depicting the mob-controlled longshoremen's union in the film classic "On the Waterfront,"...
| Mar 1, 2009
Here are some of the dramatic depictions and books that give broader insight into Mary Queen of Scots:
"Mary of Scotland": Katharine Hepburn's 1936 turn at the Scottish queen, with Fredric March as her Bothwell, directed by John Ford.
| Mar 29, 2009
Forrest Gump stopped running here; Thelma and Louise did not. Half a century ago, when advertisers conjured up the Marlboro Man as the personification of the American West's folklore of freedom and rugged individualism, Monument Valley was already the...
| Mar 26, 2009
Many a great film director is tethered artistically to a trusted actor: John Ford had the Duke, Fellini had Mastroianni and Scorsese had De Niro.
For Sam Peckinpah, the volatile maverick who reinvented the western as a hyperviolent, nihilistic...