No Concessions: My Oscar Ballot

Weren’t the Academy Awards great this year? I mean…wait, whoa, they’re still coming? This Sunday?

I kid, I kid. But doesn’t it feel like the Oscars are already in our collective rearview mirror? Don’t you kind of long for them to ...

No Concessions: Quality Time

After an extended hiatus, a return. No fanfare, let’s get to it. At the end, a belated valentine to 2013.

Over the six (six!) years I’ve been affiliated with Popdose, I’ve done my best to get Oscar nominations coverage up on ...

Spinning Discs: In With the New

We’re not even a  handful of days into 2014 and already it’s looking to be a good one for Blu-rays and DVD. What’s got me in a celebratory mood? The Criterion Collection has stolen my heart with a gorgeous rendering of ...

Exit Lines: Great Performances

Star turns on and Off Broadway have enlivened our stages in New York. Whether you’re visiting town (these are torrid weeks at the boxoffice) or in town (winter is a great time of the year to see a show once the ...

Film Review: “Inside Llewyn Davis”

There’s much to like about Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest from Joel and Ethan Coen. As usual, the production is extraordinarily good–the evocation of a wintry Greenwich Village, circa 1961, is the uncanny work of the filmmakers, cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, production ...

No Concessions: The Contenders

Remember when the summer movie season began on Memorial Day weekend? When the holiday movie season kicked off on Thanksgiving? No? In our tweet-speed society, I understand. Nowadays summer starts in early May, or even late April, and the holiday crop ...

Blu-ray Review: Remembering JFK and “JFK”

Which JFK is your JFK? The war hero? The inspiring young president of the gilded “Camelot” era? Or the slain leader whose assassination a half-century ago today has fueled conspiracy theories ever since? You’ll find them all in a handsome box ...

Film Review: “Last Vegas”

Movie comfort food, no more, no less, Last Vegas unites a quartet of Oscar-winning actors who so far as I can tell have never appeared together in any other movie, in any combination. In a different age, these four men, all ...

“The Counselor”

There are plenty of good movies out there right now: All is Lost, Captain Phillips, Enough Said, Gravity, Prisoners, 12 Years a Slave, and Rush among them. Ridley Scott directing a starry cast in The Counselor, from an original screenplay by ...

“The Old Friends”


Playwright Horton Foote, who died at age 92 in 2009, maintains a career that those of us still among the living would envy. Not long after his death the ambitious trilogy, The Orphans’ Home Cycle, was produced to ...

Film Review: “Enough Said”

In a world where men still dominate domestic filmmaking, and women are (wrongly) thought by some to be unfunny, it’s a pleasure to report on not one but two fine comedies written and directed by women. I finally caught up ...

Film Review: “Blue Caprice”

The evil twin of Fruitvale Station, Blue Caprice joins that film to rebuke Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which for three weeks topped the boxoffice. A movie that begins with lynchings, a rape, a murder, and Vanessa Redgrave solemnly promising to transform ...

Exit Lines: Summer Stock

In all my years of attending Shakeapeare in the Park productions I’ve never seen one as goofy as Love’s Labour’s Lost, which plays (free!) through Sunday. It’s worth standing on line for, in pleasant August weather, if you don’t mind ...

Film Review: “We’re the Millers”

For various reasons, I haven’t written about new movies for some time, but I have been seeing them. A few thumbnail impressions: I regret that the superior Pacific Rim got lost in a tangle of big-budget duds that imploded around it. ...

Spinning Discs: Starry Nights

More stars than you can shake a stick at this week, some in iconic roles…and some not. Let’s start with The King.

Where were you when Elvis Presley died? Given that it happened all of 36 years ago (Aug. 16, to ...

Exit Lines: The World’s A Stage

The Broadway season doesn’t begin until Aug. 4, with the opening of a musical something called First Date. Off Broadway, the season is demarcated by awards shows; once the last prize is handed out in spring, we’re “off.” And you have ...

Spinning Discs: Enter the Dragons

I recently received a promo mailing from Barnes & Noble, advertising “Great Gifts for Dad.” Translation: Books, DVDs, and other products saturated with guns, terrorism, and revolution. Not for me. Not, at least, if a much better alternative is close ...

Film Review: “Man of Steel”

I don’t pay a lot of attention to press kit material, but a quote from director Zack Snyder in the Man of Steel notes bears repeating. “We knew the action had to be bigger than big, with heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat thrills. We ...

Exit Lines: It’s Tony Time

Face facts–Broadway, the fabulous invalid, didn’t have a fabulous 2012-2013 season. The second, post-Christmas half improved markedly, in part because it’s couldn’t get any duller. About all I recall a scant half-year later are the stunning revivals of Golden Boy and ...

No Concessions: Memorial Day Movies

A Hollywood summer that blasted off with Iron Man 3 reaches an apex this holiday weekend. I’ve seen 2/3 of the product (err, films) so let’s go to the movies.

This is the time of the year for epic visions, ...

Exit Lines: The Drama Desk Awards

The 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards were held Sunday night. I was there in spirit, as my group (which at long last has a viable website), celebrated the best in New York theatre on, Off, and Off Off Broadway in ...

Spinning Discs: Great Escapes

I begin what I hope will be a weekly trot through new, current, and archival Blu-ray and DVD releases with a fifty-year-old favorite, The Great Escape, which has made it to BD. Not, it must be said, in sterling shape; ...

Film Review: “The Great Gatsby”

There will be no hating on The Great Gatsby from this corner. The knives have been out since late last year, when it was bumped from a Christmas release to today, always a suspicious, what are they hiding, move–but, really, ...