Monthly Archives: September 2010

Tony Curtis – RIP

Tony Curtis talked like he looked: oily, with remnants of Bernard Schwartz of the Bronx never far off. I don’t want to know what went on in the Hollywood Babylon days; a man married six times certainly has more anecdotes … Continue reading

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A warning

Timothy Blee is correct: If you’re not worried about the actual jack-booted thugs staging actual midnight raids in America today, you can’t expect to be taken seriously seriously when you warn that some policy you oppose could lead to jack-booted thugs … Continue reading

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The Runaways

No biopic of the New York Dolls exists, but if a writer-director needed casting suggestions, let me point him or her in the direction of Michael Shannon. As producer/svengali Kim Fowley in The Runaways, he hisses orders through clenched teeth … Continue reading

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Happy Sunday

A beautiful performance: hammy, bombastic, and sincere as hell. One hopes Coldplay agree. “That’s when I ruled the world,” Tennant sings, and you’d be forgiven for thinking the Pet Shop Boys still did, judging from the crowd response starting at … Continue reading

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No $leep

Only one scene in Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, which is not named after a Rick Ross album, generates suspense: the moment when Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) dons a pinstriped shirt with perfect cuffs and slicks his hair back … Continue reading

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Singles 9/24

The strangled sincerity of “Back For Good” sounded interesting in 1995, but otherwise I don’t care for the travails of Take That, and I’ve had less time for the well-meaning career of Robbie Williams. A great taste in chums and … Continue reading

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No action: Bret Easton Ellis

Bret Easton Ellis – Imperial Bedrooms. A quasi-sequel to Less Than Zero (the “quasi” is part of the not very funny joke with which the novel begins), Ellis shovels more of the same: well-dressed anomie, with intimations of dread to … Continue reading

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OK, fine….

At Thomas’ suggestion, fifteen desert island films off the top of my head: Trouble in Paradise (1932) dir. Ernst Lubitsch Holiday (1938) dir. George Cukor The Rules of the Game (1939) dir. Jean Renoir The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) dir. Orson … Continue reading

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On queerness

Between November 2004 — when I reluctantly settled on “blogging” and still could defend placing the neologism in quotation marks — and today I’ve discussed books maybe a dozen times if I’m feeling generous (I won’t count book reviews for … Continue reading

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Of witches and women

Naturally the political class has gotten lots of yuks out of Delaware Republican Senate Nominee Christine O’Donnell’s admission that she dressed like Witch Hazel as a girl. These people apparently never paid attention while their  daughters checked Wicca handbooks out … Continue reading

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Happy Sunday

Even Hall & Oates needed imitators. Dan Hartman’s 1984 top ten is the best, and surpasses some of their hits too. The author of “Instant Replay” and (really) the Edgar Winter Group’s “Free Ride” combines H&O’s sonic signifiers into a … Continue reading

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Jonathan Rosenbaum, one of my favorite movie critics, reviews the new collection of posthumous James Baldwin essays and makes me wish Christmas could come faster.

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