Best Thing I’ve Read Today: Patton Oswalt

Best Thing I’ve Read Today: Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt is a very funny guy and cinema buff who has hosted many awards shows, but considers himself out of the running to do the big one: I care about movies a lot. I’d love to host The Oscars. But I shouldn’t host The Oscars. Not this year. Later, I...
What Script Supervisors Do

What Script Supervisors Do

When I was in New Orleans in 2014 shooting my poker scene with Ben Mendelsohn for “Mississippi Grind,” the script supervisor came over after every take to capture photos of the table, reset the chip stacks, make sure our hands were in the right places, see...
Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Mark Harris (no relation) makes some great points about “Green Book,” a movie I wasn’t overly thrilled by — for exactly these reasons. Still, the National Board Of Review just named it Best Picture and gave Viggo Mortensen the prize for Best...
Movie Review: “Wildlife”

Movie Review: “Wildlife”

“Wildlife” is a movie adapted by Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano from a 1990 Richard Ford novel about a family in crisis in 1960s Montana. Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal), the father, has moved his family yet again for a new job, this time as a golf course pro, but...
Ricky Jay

Ricky Jay

It’s silly to try to name the Greatest Magician Ever, even if you break it down into subcategories like Grand Illusionists, Escape Artists, Mentalists, Comedy Magicians, etc. Yes, there are competitions held each year at which magicians win prizes and honors,...
Movie Review: “Green Book”

Movie Review: “Green Book”

“Green Book” is the based-on-truth story of Dr. Don Shirley, a world class pianist who was booked to do a concert tour that included several dates in the deep south. Since this was 1962, and Shirley was African-American, he knew there might be trouble, so...