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 than one has lives to listen to them. Although I haven’t seen even half ofContinue reading “Tony Curtis – RIP”

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 staging midnight raids at some point in the future. And the party that has pushedContinue reading “A warning”

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 and allows himself the faintest of chuckles, as if delighted by what he’s getting awayContinue reading “The Runaways”

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 collaborators (e.g. Neil Tennant) has not resulted in ticker tape parades down the Avenue ofContinue reading “Singles 9/24”

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 burnish his literary credentials. Pulling the strings is LTZ villain Rip, the victim of terribleContinue reading “No action: Bret Easton Ellis”

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 Welles Orpheus (1950) dir. Jean Cocteau Anatomy of a Murder (1958) dir. Otto Preminger TheContinue reading “OK, fine….”

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 of the library. Nor did they ever buy Stevie Nicks albums. Given the chance toContinue reading “Of witches and women”