shinyribs, “Low Beam Lights”

February 29, 2012

We need to talk about Kevin. Man approaches genius. Your monkey is at this moment waiting to find out if he pissed off Jonah Hill last night.

Lou Dobbs on film: The Secret World of Arietty and The Lorax

February 28, 2012

Sherpa gallery

February 28, 2012

Your monkey is in Chicago. Working. But I put together this gallery of images of our Sherp.

Sherpa: circa 1996-February 27, 2012

February 27, 2012

From September 13, 1998 Life is very different a foot above the ground. Indoors is particularly dramatic — perspective is flattened, bookcases loom, vaulted ceilings float wastefully high, maybe 20 times your height at the apex. Most dogs don’t notice, …

Tim Jackson remembers Rick Dial: Whoa!

February 27, 2012

I only knew Rick Dial well enough to say “hi,” but he always seemed like the most genuine and nicest man. My friend Tim Jackson knew him well, and he posted this piece on Facebook before last night’s Academy Awards. …

We get letters

February 26, 2012

I’ve been thinking of doing this for some time, and today seems as good a day to start. This is a new feature, wherein I will run some of my correspondence from readers, unedited and without comment.I suspect most of …

Good Deeds: Rich man, poor girl. Could never work.

February 26, 2012

Good Deeds Grade: 83 Cast: Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton, Brian White, Rebecca Romijn, Jamie Kennedy, Eddie Cibrian, Jordenn Thompson, Gabrielle Union Director: Tyler Perry Rating: PG-13, for sexual content, language, some violence and thematic material Running time: 111 minutes By …

Gone: A barrel of red herring and a heap of shady men

February 26, 2012

Gone Grade: 75 Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Daniel Sunjata, Jennifer Carpenter, Sebastian Stan, Wes Bentley, Nick Searcy, Socratis Otto, Joel David Moore Diretor: Heitor Dhalia Rating: PG-13 — “Rotten teeth and worse logic.” Running time: 94 minutes By Jeanette Catsoulis of …

Lazy Saturday

February 25, 2012

Actually your Monkey has been out testing drivers — played a round with the Cleveland Classic (in stores now) today, and will poist a full report in a few days. (There are things I really like about the Classic, besides …

Wanderlust: Good vibrations for all; clothing is optional

February 24, 2012

Wanderlust Grade: 84 Cast:Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman, Michalea Watkins, Lauren Ambrose, Joe Lo Truglio and Alan Alda Director:David Wain Rating:R,for male nudity, expletives and hallucinogens Running time: 98 minutes By Manohla Dargis of the New York …