Tag Archives: Elizabeth Taylor

Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2016

I look at this and I wonder why I always feel like I haven’t done jack-squat. Or, at the very least, I could do more. Well, I always can do more. Regardless, here are links to some of the things … Continue reading

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Giant (1956): 60th Anniversary Screening at Film Forum

September 30, 2016: QA with George Stevens Jr. – the son of the director – and Carroll Baker before the film, moderated by historian and writer Foster Hirsch Foster Hirsch: We are very lucky to have with us the son … Continue reading

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September 2016 Viewing Diary

Kicks (2016; d. Justin Tipping) Absolutely loved it. There have been so many excellent first-time directors making features this year. My review for Rogerebert.com. Kiss Me Deadly (1955; d. Robert Aldrich) I love this bizarre paranoid insanely phantasmagorical … film … Continue reading

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The Books: Sex, Art, and American Culture; “Elizabeth Taylor: Hollywood’s Pagan Queen,” by Camille Paglia

NEXT BOOK on the essays shelf: Sex, Art, and American Culture: Essays, by Camille Paglia. When Elizabeth Taylor died it felt like the end of an era. Something vital had left the landscape. One of our Movie Goddesses, and unlike … Continue reading

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September 2015 Viewing Diary

I got a pretty big writing assignment this past month, with a deadline of October 5. So I’ve been working hard, researching, as the below list will probably show. Not ready to talk about it yet, still working on the … Continue reading

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“So Many Currents In Such a Little Puddle”: Dana Stevens and I Chat About National Velvet

A re-post, in honor of Mickey Rooney, a man whose career spanned 10 decades. He worked up until the end. R.I.P. Introduction: Dana Stevens, film critic for Slate, and I had a conversation via Google Chat about National Velvet. In … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Montgomery Clift

Kim Morgan writes in her not-to-be-missed essay on Clift: Clift’€™s eyes held secrets, and not merely the secrets we know about after discovering his real life. There’€™s more to Clift than hiding homosexuality, there’s pain and romance and passion and … Continue reading

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The Books: The Cleopatra Papers, by Jack Brodsky and Nathan Weiss

Next book on the Hollywood shelf: The Cleopatra Papers: A Private Correspondence, by Jack Brodsky and Nathan Weiss. It’s been a while since I’ve done a Book Excerpt. For those of you new to me, I have been going through … Continue reading

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Thank You, James Wolcott …

for including me in such illustrious company. And MUBI has an incredible compilation of all of the Elizabeth Taylor tributes out there. It will keep me busy for days to come.

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“It’s My Life Now. And It Will Be … Until There’s a Cure.”

I got this clip from one of my best friends, Alexandra Billings, who wrote on her Facebook page when she posted the clip: When I was diagnosed with AIDS in 1984, no one would come near me. People were afraid … Continue reading

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