Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar movie?

August 28, 2013

More Graham Parker & the Rumour

August 28, 2013

On August 20, August 27 Shout! Factory released Graham Parker & The Rumour: This Is Live as a Blu-ray/DVD combo. The disc documents the actual concert that Apatow arranged for Parker & The Rumour to play at the historic Belasco …

Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall talk Closed Circuit

August 28, 2013

“It’s the question that we’re all facing now in a time — post Snowden and all these things that are coming out — it’s one thing to be idealistic about civil liberties but [another] also to live in a state that’s secure. How do you balance those two, perhaps mutually exclusive, concepts?”

Piers Marchant on Closed Circuit: “Who is watching the watchmen?”

August 28, 2013

Closed Circuit Grade: 82 Cast: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Denis Moschitto, Jim Broadbent, Ciarán Hinds Director: John Crowley Rating: R,for language and brief violence Running time:96 minutes By Piers Marchant for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and blood, dirt & angels On …

How fake is Game of Thrones?

August 26, 2013

This Old House: Tommy Stinson of The Replacements takes us to his old house

August 26, 2013

Tommy Stinson of The Replacements takes us to his old house

John Badham on Directing

August 26, 2013

John Badham on Directing: Notes from the Set of Saturday Night Fever, War Games and More by John Badham (Michael Wiese Productions, $26.95) Maybe the highest praise I can give John Badham’s breezy how-to on directing motion pictures is to …

The Tender Soldier

August 25, 2013

The Tender Soldier: A True Story of War and Sacrifice Vanessa Gezar (Simon & Schuster, $25) The military’s Human Terrain System operates on the seemingly irrefutable premise that soldiers need to understand the enemy and its culture. But the implementation …

Warren Criswell at Cantrell Gallery

August 25, 2013

Warren Criswell is an artist of the first rank, a remarkably prolific and consistently interesting creator mind whose work I’ve followed and admired for more than 20 years now. I’ve recently learned that my friends at Cantrell Gallery, who’ve had …

The Sunday books post: The Midlife Crisis of Commander Invincible, Glossolalia and John Updike

August 24, 2013

I started as a book reviewer. Well, maybe that’s not quite right — I really started as a record reviewer, back in the days when records were vinyl and had sides. But I never got paid for that — the …