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Bette and Joan

My 8 re-caps of Feud for the Times are here. It was such a fun assignment. Sorry to see it end.

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Ebertfest Snapshots

Introducing “July and Half of August” before the screening — Chatting with Hugh Dancy before the panel we both participated in. That was the panel where I said, in regards to rom-coms, “I would LOVE to be chased by Cary … Continue reading

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For the NY Times: ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ Episode 8 Recap: “You Mean All This Time We Could Have Been Friends?”

My re-cap of the emotional finale of Feud for the New York Times. I’ve been pretty clear all along with my reservations about the point of view of a lot of this series, but I’ve also been extremely interested in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Library of Congress

As the daughter of a librarian, I had to write a post in tribute. This post is for him. On this day, in 1800, President John Adams approved legislation that appropriated $5,900 to purchase the books that would create the … Continue reading

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Review: Burn Motherfucker, Burn! (2017)

I reviewed the documentary premiering on Showtime, Burn Motherfucker, Burn! for

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Ebertfest: Day 1

It’s wonderful to be here in Champaign-Urbana. This is my 4th year coming to Ebertfest. My mother and one of my sisters both flew in for Ebertfest and for the screening of my film July and Half of August, which … Continue reading

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On Elia Kazan’s East of Eden: for Library of America

Recently, I wrote a small piece which could be given a High School English class title: What James Dean and East of Eden meant to me. When I wrote it, I was deep in research for a huge piece which … Continue reading

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For the NY Times: ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ Episode 7 Recap: Feminism 101

My re-cap of the 7th episode of Feud: Bette and Joan is now up at the New York Times. One more episode to go!

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Four Things About Thornton Wilder

It’s his birthday today. 1. Peter Hunt (once Executive and Artistic Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival) relates a story about Thornton Wilder and Nikos Psacharopoulos (founder of Williamstown). Peter Hunt: Directing is sometimes doing nothing, sometimes dowin more than … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Charlie Chaplin

Some years ago, I wrote an essay about Charlie Chaplin and what it means to “be funny,” and what it means when it operates on such a genius level as Chaplin. It’s in the details. Details can’t be taught. For … Continue reading

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