As I Tweeted

As I Tweeted

Last night, I came upon one of my guilty pleasures, “In Like Flint,” the second silly James Coburn spy story (1967). Besides Lee J. Cobb, I’d forgotten its cast included Yvonne Craig as a Russian ballerina and Herb Edelman (complete with bushy fake...
But Wait, There’s More

But Wait, There’s More

As we continue trying out new TV shows in the hope of finding something bingeable, we came upon “Defending Jacob” on Apple TV+. It’s based on a novel by William Landay, which Martha read, but it must not have made a great impression, because she...
POTD: Johnny Carson on 60 Minutes

POTD: Johnny Carson on 60 Minutes

On the 28th anniversary of Johnny Carson’s final “Tonight Show,” let’s look back at the time he allowed Mike Wallace to profile him for “60 Minutes” in 1979. Wallace got Carson to open up about his problems with alcohol and tobacco,...
As I Tweeted

As I Tweeted

It’s extremely improbable that there’s a parallel universe where positive is negative, left is right, and time runs backwards.   But if there is, in that universe, every movie is “Memento.”   Except...
Movie Review: “The Assistant”

Movie Review: “The Assistant”

After impressive performances in small supporting roles, Julia Garner has made quite a name for herself in the last few years with recurring roles in several series, including “The Americans,” and as one of the stars of “Ozark.” Her character...
It Still Won’t Work

It Still Won’t Work

Several times a week, I see someone so incensed by Trump’s latest outrage that they feel compelled to post a link to it on Facebook, accompanied by the caption, “He should resign immediately!!” Look, we’re now 40 months into this nightmare, and...