Bully loses its MPAA appeal; Harvey Weinstein considers taking a break from the MPAA

February 24, 2012

This is a terrible shame, and I may write about it more in the future. I saw Bully at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival and the decision to give it an “R” rating is incomprehensible. It’s a tough and important …

Calendar note: The second issue of the Toad Suck Review has arrived

February 23, 2012

The beserkers at the University of Central Arkansas literary journal, the Toad Suck Review have published their second issue, with works by Charles Bukowski (an excerpt from the nonfiction work More Notes of a Dirty Old Man, published last year …

Sotheby’s to sell one of Munch’s Scream series

February 22, 2012

By Carol Vogel in the New York Times It has adorned everything from mugs and T-shirts to key chains, inflatable dolls and iPad covers. Now a version of Edvard Munch’s celebrated work The Scream will be for sale at Sotheby’s …

Is Mardi Gras, cher

February 21, 2012

On the Bowery is our DVD of the Week

February 21, 2012

Not to be churlish about it but simply to state the case as it appears to a cheerful film reviewer and ex-reporter in the byways of New York, this is a dismal exposition to be charging people money to see. …

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance: Cool Heads Don’t Prevail

February 20, 2012

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Grade: 83 Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Johnny Whitworth, Idris Elba Directors: Neveldine/Taylor Rated PG-13 (parents strongly cautioned) for scary stuff of all sorts, occasional rough language and painful-looking urination Running time: 95 …

Levi Agee’s What Happened to My Brother

February 20, 2012

What Happened to My Brother from Levi Agee on Vimeo. Artist’s statement: Here is one of my first ever narrative films shot in my second year at film school. I wrote, directed, edited and starred in alongside my little brother …

Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers

February 19, 2012

I wriote a little bit about this book in my column in today’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. But it deserves a fuller review. Hence this. Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers By Charlie Louvin with Benjamin Whitmer. Illustrated. 297 …

Monkey on TV: A bad week for the flickers

February 18, 2012

Home movies: Anoymous, Fireflies in the Garden, Project Nim, The Rum Diary and Take Shelter

February 17, 2012

Well, as it turned out, the Home Movies column only made it into the Northwest Edition of the newspaper. So there will be two Home Movies columns on this site this week. What a thrill for you. Anonymous (PG-13, 130 …