Tag Archives: Lily Tomlin

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” — Lily Tomlin

It’s her birthday today. I wrote about Lily Tomlin (and other talented actresses who come from comedy/improv) in my “Present Tense” Film Comment column. She is on another level. I mean … A couple years back, as part of an … Continue reading

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For International Women’s Day: Ladies I Love

These women inspire, entertain, challenge, comfort, provoke, or were “there” in my formative years as an inspiration. The list is huge. Below the jump.

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Present Tense: Female Comedians

For my next column at Film Comment, I wrote about actresses who come from a comedy/improv background, and the special gifts they bring to bear in dramatic material. Featuring a couple of interviews I did with circus people, and also … Continue reading

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April 2016 Viewing Diary

The Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016; d. Taika Waititi) My favorite thing I saw at Tribeca. It hasn’t opened yet but this is one you want to see. My review here. Midsummer in Newtown (2016; d. Lloyd Kramer) I was … Continue reading

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Seen Recently: 42 (2013), Renegade Girl (1946), All of Me (1984)

42 directed by Brian Helgeland First, go read this conversation by my two pals, Odie Henderson and Steven Boone. They discuss 42. I had already been excited to see it, because I love baseball movies, and I love Harrison Ford, … Continue reading

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Mitchell Fain Presents: Part 2

Mitchell and me, yet again in the photo booth at Lounge Ax, a music club on Fullerton in Chicago which is, sadly, no longer there. I am pleased to present to you the second part of the marathon conversation Mitchell … Continue reading

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“I wanted to be Lily Tomlin.”

Awesome interview with Emma Thompson in this weekend’s New York Magazine. I love it because she’s talking about the books she loved. Oddly enough, I’m probably still vaguely Victorian. Moderns are just different. As a child, my mind latched onto … Continue reading

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