Film

  • Boozy Movies: Three liquor-fueled flicks you maybe haven't seen

    Boozy Movies: Three liquor-fueled flicks you maybe haven't seen

    "Mean Streets" Currently streaming on Amazon Instant and iTunes Of all the films that explore director Martin Scorsese's wounded Catholicism, the story of Charlie (Harvey Keitel) and his self-flagellating friendship with perennial fuck-up Johnny Boy (Robert DeNiro) is perhaps the most iconic and...

  • "Hidden Figures,” a crowd-pleasing time capsule filled with great performances and black love—and um, Kevin Costner personally ending racism

    "Hidden Figures,” a crowd-pleasing time capsule filled with great performances and black love—and um, Kevin Costner personally ending racism

    With the recent spate of “diverse” films in the Hollywood marketplace, audiences searching for representation on the big screen are becoming more shrewd, more discerning. As grateful as many of us are to see ourselves in front of (and behind) the camera, we’re slowly, but surely moving into a landscape...

  • 'Raising Arizona' rips Reagan, offers up sympathy for the underdog

    'Raising Arizona' rips Reagan, offers up sympathy for the underdog

    The Coen Brothers would go on to make movies more grand than 1987's "Raising Arizona" and more "important" ones, and pretentious ones, too, but this rubbery, rip-roaring portrait of a well-meaning, oft-poetic, possibly prophetic redneck recidivist in the final years of Reagan's America is their...

  • Top Ten Television Shows of 2016

    Top Ten Television Shows of 2016

    1. “Stranger Things” (Netflix) There are the obvious precedents for this story about a bunch of kids in ’80s Midwest who stumble upon an alternate universe after their friend goes missing ("The X-Files," early Stephen King, "E.T.") and there is the less canonical stuff that the show latches onto...

  • Top Ten Films of 2016

    Top Ten Films of 2016

    1. “Moonlight” (Barry Jenkins, United States) One of many ways “Moonlight” feels transcendently sensitive is in its storytelling; we drop into the life of Chiron at three distinct chapters, but we aren’t filled in on the gaps or the backstory. We’re just there in the moment with young Chiron (Alex...

  • Why Opera? Short answer: We're all fucked

    Why Opera? Short answer: We're all fucked

    It was hard to figure out how to write about "Adam's Run," a climate change media criticism tragicomic opera. I'm editor at large at the paper and was the arts editor for a few years and I wrote the libretto for the opera, which Ruby Fulton composed for Rhymes With Opera. It's an inherent conflict...

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