Category Archives: Actors

Gotham Awards 2016: Our Nominations for Best Breakthrough Performance

It’s that time of year again: one of (if not the?) first awards shows of the season: The Gotham Independent Film Awards! I was on the committee to nominate the category of Breakthrough Actor Performance, along with Bilge Ebiri of … Continue reading

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“Am I Too Loud For You?” Happy Birthday, Eminem

A re-post for Marshall Mathers’ birthday, which is today. So psyched I finally got to see him perform. WARNING: If, by some amazing circumstance, you have never heard “Kim” before, please know that it is completely unsafe for work, frankly … Continue reading

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For Film Comment: Miriam Hopkins

Two hard-to-see films starring the glorious Miriam Hopkins, Wise Girl (1937) and Lady with Red Hair, will be airing on TCM on October 19. I wrote about both films – and Hopkins, in particular, for Film Comment: TCM Diary: Miriam … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Buster Keaton!

Coming out of the family tradition of vaudeville, Keaton performed with his parents as a small boy (already showing a great gift for acrobatics and pratfalls) before launching off on his own. Getting into movies was not a natural leap … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Bill Nunn, aka “Radio Raheem”

In the comments section for Spike Lee’s FB message passing on the sad news of the death of Bill Nunn (most well-known for his portrayal of Radio Raheem in Do the Right Thing, although he had a long career with … Continue reading

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Film Comment: Dean Stockwell “Sweet Agony”

Pretty happy with the layout of the “Dean Stockwell spread”. The Film Comment folks did an incredible job, and the screen-grabs they found are eloquent, illustrating the many scenes I mentioned in the essay. Still catching up with the rest … Continue reading

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My Film Comment essay on Dean Stockwell in 1959’s Compulsion

I have an essay in the September/October issue of Film Comment, in their new column “Finest Hour,” singing the praises of Dean Stockwell’s radical and honest performance as the sexually-repressed/tormented/closeted Judd Steiner in the 1959 film Compulsion (based on the … Continue reading

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Podcast: Nathaniel and I discuss the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, 1984

I participated in Nathaniel Rogers’ wonderful Oscar Smackdown series, where a group of film critics and movie buffs rate the Oscar nominees/winners in a certain category in a specific year. Nathaniel has been doing this for YEARS, and I’ve been … Continue reading

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Best Supporting Actress Smackdown: 1984

The results are up! We are re-living the Oscar race in 1984 over at Nathaniel’s place, voting again on the Best Supporting Actress category. To refresh your memory, the nominees were: Dame Peggy Ashcroft for A Passage to India (she … Continue reading

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“To match the shoes with the jacket is fey. To match the shoes with the hat is taste.” – Gene Wilder on the Willy Wonka costume sketches

In Gene Wilder’s book Kiss Me Like a Stranger, he describes his first meeting with the director Mel Stuart, before he had decided to do it. He had reservations. He had an idea for what would dispel those reservations. Listen, … Continue reading

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