Tag Archives: Pauline Kael

For Today, But Really Every Day: Ladies I Love

I love these women for a variety of reasons: they inspire, they entertain, they challenge, they leave me in awed silence, they provoke, or they were “there” in my most formative years, holding out a torch to lead the way. … Continue reading

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2016 Books Read

I’ve enjoyed myself this year with reading. I have finally bounced back from 2009 and 2010, when I was so out of my mind that I could barely read anymore. (Larry McMurtry describes a similar thing happening to him post-heart … Continue reading

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Quotes on acting 11: Pauline Kael on Marlon Brando

“We all know that movie actors often merge with their roles in a way that stage actors don’t, quite, but Brando did it even on the stage. I was in New York when he played his famous small role in … Continue reading

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Diner (1982): “We All Know Most Marriages Depend on a Firm Grasp of Football Trivia.”

“Do you ever get the feeling that there’s something going on that we don’t know about? ” “Boog, the bet was ‘touch your pecker’ not ‘pecker in popcorn’.” “What is she … twelve?” “She’ll be twelve.” “That’s what you get … Continue reading

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The Books: “Evenings With Cary Grant: Recollections in His Own Words and by Those Who Knew Him Best” (Nancy Nelson)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Evenings With Cary Grant: Recollections in His Own Words and by Those Who Knew Him Best, by Nancy Nelson I can imagine that this is pretty much a book only for hardcore fans. It’s almost … Continue reading

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New York movies

… a wonderful retrospective…. which demonstrates why David Edelstein is one of my favorite critics writing today (I put him on my list here). For me, it’s never just about agreeing with a critic’s opinion – it’s about how the … Continue reading

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Casablanca Appreciation Day

From The Making of Casablanca: Bogart, Bergman, and World War II: “I remember,” says film critic Pauline Kael, “my friends and I talked about when are the executives going to discover this guy [Humphrey Bogart]. It was early in his … Continue reading

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