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“You just have to make plans for when the dreams die.” Stephen Colbert to Eminem on cable access show

How have I never seen this before. How have I never seen this interview between Stephen Colbert and Eminem before? Stephen Colbert hosted a public access show in Michigan called “Only in Monroe.” He interviewed the hosts. He did some … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Peter Lorre

A letter from Groucho Marx to Peter Lorre (included in the wonderful The Groucho Letters: Letters from and to Groucho Marx), that pleases me no end. October 5, 1961 Dear Peter: It was very thoughtful of you to send me … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Michael Herr

War journalist and screenwriter Michael Herr has died at the age of 76. His Dispatches, the classic of war journalism and so influential you can’t even measure it, is on most Best Nonfiction Books of All Time worth their salt. … Continue reading

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016): Opening Today

Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople opens today. I loved it when I saw it at the Tribeca Film Festival. My Tribeca review of Hunt for the Wilderpeople is up on

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Wiener-Dog (2016); d. Todd Solondz. Opening Today.

It’s pretty amazing. And devastating. My review of Wiener-Dog is now up at

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“What kind of a filmmaker would this actor, both gentle-hearted and fiery, have made?” – Stephanie Zacharek on Anton Yelchin

Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin, in Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive” I often look to Stephanie Zacharek to hear her take on things. Get her perspective. I’ve been reading her since her days as a music journalist for Boston’s alternative … Continue reading

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You Said It, Eddie

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Happy Birthday, Billy Wilder

Billy and Audrey Wilder I love him for his humor, his realistic (cynical) view of human beings (Ace in the Hole: PROPHETIC), his versatility (noirs, melodramas, war movies, comedies). Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17, Some Like It Hot, Double Indemnity, The … Continue reading

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Nuts! (2016) This Documentary Is Nuts (Literally)

I really admire director Penny Lane’s work (and her name) so much. Her last documentary was Our Nixon (I really recommend it), and her latest, Nuts!, about “Doctor” John R. Brinkley is equally unique. And even more bizarre. Super entertaining, … Continue reading

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Supernatural: Season 2, Episode 21: “All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 1″

Written by Sera Gamble Directed by Robert Singer “Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep.” — John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book IV, Lines 677-678 The writers’ staff for Supernatural are well-versed … Continue reading

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