Category Archives: Books

On the Radio — Movies, Zombies & “Homecoming”

Two weeks ago I traveled to New Jersey with Mark Svenvold, a published author of non-fiction and poetry who teaches creative writing and literature courses at Seton Hall University. Mark, who I’ve known for many years, also co-hosts a half-hour … Continue reading

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Gunfights at the O.K. Corral

John Ford’s My Darling Clementine (1946) just ended a one-week run at Film Forum here in New York, presented in a stunning digital restoration, clean and crisp, like the first time anyone had seen it. I’d seen the film only once, … Continue reading

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Civil Rights Roundtable — a Time Capsule from 1963

August 28th marked the 50th anniversary of what was originally called the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. In the years since then, the name has lost “Jobs and Freedom,” and most people, myself included, have always thought of … Continue reading

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Famous Monsters & Me — Pt. 3: Pulp Fiction

As I’ve already established in the first two installments of “Famous Monsters & Me” (posted last year on May 17 and December 11), at an early age I developed an intense love of science fiction and horror in all its forms … Continue reading

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James Gandolfini and Richard Matheson — Jersey Boys

It was quite a shock to hear last Thursday that James Gandolfini had died the day before, June 19th, in Italy of a heart attack — much too young at age 51. And then to learn a few days later … Continue reading

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“Man of Steel” – Overkill

This is a bit of a ramble. Please bear with me. So much has been written online and in print about Man of Steel in the week since it opened, that I’m hesitant to add anything at this point (though I … Continue reading

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Gatsby Stew

Which one of these Gatsbys would you rather see? Based on the poster for the Alan Ladd version (1949), which appears to recast the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel in noirish gangster terms, it’s no contest, that’s the one for me. … Continue reading

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Burt Lancaster – “If it’s killin’ you want…”

Burt Lancaster would have been 100 years old on November 2 of this year. The Film Society of Lincoln Center is taking the occasion to show 13 of his 74 feature films. Last Friday I saw one of my favorites, … Continue reading

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The Wonder of “What Maisie Knew”

What Maisie Knew – Monday, May 13 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas. Directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, written by Nancy Doyne and Carroll Cartwright. When I first heard of this film I thought there was something familiar about the … Continue reading

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Pennebaker, Dylan, and All the Rest

Last weekend we saw Dont Look Back (1967) at the Museum of the Moving Image, with director D.A. Pennebaker there for a Q&A after. I thought the opportunity to see the film on a big screen with the filmmaker in … Continue reading

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