Movie Review: “A Simple Favor”

Movie Review: “A Simple Favor”

In “A Simple Favor,” Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) is a suburban single mom who does everything she can for her son, especially at school, where she’ll volunteer for anything from cooking to cleaning to decorating. She loves that stuff so much that she...
Movie Review: “The Wife”

Movie Review: “The Wife”

“The Wife” begins in 1992 with a phone call that wakes up Joe and Joan Castleman.  When Joe answers, he hears the caller from the Nobel committee in Sweden telling him he’s just won the award for Literature.  Thrilled, Joe immediately tells Joan to pick up the...
Movie Review: “Peppermint”

Movie Review: “Peppermint”

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, there weren’t many women kicking ass on television. There had been several of them on the big screen, from Pam Grier in “Foxy Brown” to Sigourney Weaver in “Aliens” to Michelle Yeoh in “Crouching...
Random Thoughts

Random Thoughts

My wife and I binge-watched the second season of “Ozark” this weekend. Jason Bateman and Julia Garner continue to be very good, Janet McTeer is perfect as the cartel’s powerful attorney, but the season belongs to Laura Linney, who I once called the...
Movie Recommendation: “Being George Clooney”

Movie Recommendation: “Being George Clooney”

I’m adding “Being George Clooney” to my Movies You Might Not Know list. It’s a documentary from 2016, directed by Paul Mariano, about the voice actors who dub George Clooney’s parts in movies and television shows. When those productions...
Neil Simon

Neil Simon

The Hebrew word “dayenu” means “it would have been enough.” As an example of its use, consider this: If Neil Simon had only written “The Odd Couple” and “Barefoot In The Park,” DAYENU. Or: If Neil Simon had only written...