Movie Review: “Joni 75”

Movie Review: “Joni 75”

Last fall, I was intrigued when I heard about an all-star concert to celebrate Joni Mitchell’s 75th birthday. Like many in my generation, I grew up on Joni’s music, but since I couldn’t be there, I hoped the show would be recorded on film....
Reel Spoilers: Deep Fried Tacos

Reel Spoilers: Deep Fried Tacos

I’m back for another episode of the Reel Spoilers podcast, in which each of us picks a movie we know is bad, but like it anyway. Mine is “Switch,” a 1991 Blake Edwards movie that starred Ellen Barkin, Jimmy Smits, Tony Roberts, Lorraine Bracco,...
Reel Spoilers: Velvet Buzzsaw

Reel Spoilers: Velvet Buzzsaw

I’m on a new episode of the Reel Spoilers podcast, talking about the Netflix movie “Velvet Buzzsaw” (starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo) with Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, and Giuseppe Joey Butts Buttici. Download the show to your phone, or...
Movie Review: “They Shall Not Grow Old”

Movie Review: “They Shall Not Grow Old”

You don’t often hear war veterans talk about their experiences on the battlefield. My father-in-law served in Europe during World War II, but refused to tell me (or his three daughters) what he went through. I know several people who have served in Vietnam,...
Movie Review: “On The Basis Of Sex”

Movie Review: “On The Basis Of Sex”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has gotten a lot of press this year. There was her autobiography, “My Own Words.” There was the piece on “60 Minutes.” There was the documentary “RBG,” which earned raves. There was the hospitalization after she...
Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Rory Turnbull started a thread on Twitter about movie cliches: Hello, I’m a professor in a movie, I only reach the main point of my lecture right as class is ending. Then I yell at students about the reading / homework as they leave. Then NPR’s Linda...