No Concessions: Rational and “Irrational Man”

As literary figures go, Sherlock Holmes, birthed in 1887, has been well-served by 20th century media. Looking through my DVD and Blu-ray shelves I can find numerous good adaptations, some traditional and some free, ranging from the Basil Rathbone pictures in ...

10 Movies…About Magicians (To Prepare You For ‘Now You See Me’)

I’m not sure Now You See Me is a real movie—I’m pretty sure it’s part of the massive viral marketing campaign for last weekend’s huge Arrested Development revival. Evidence: it stars Michael Cera look-alike Jesse Eisenberg, new A.D. cast member Isla Fisher, ...

Blu-ray review: “Annie Hall” and “Manhattan”

Annie Hall established Allen as one of the most important filmmakers of the 70’s and set him on the path to critical adulation that he’s sometimes had a hard time living up to. The movie won four Academy Awards – Best ...

TV Review: American Masters, “Woody Allen: A Documentary”

Whether or not you’re a fan of Woody Allen, the writer, comedian, and auteur, this American Masters documentary is an exemplary study of the artist, from his humble beginnings growing up in Brooklyn, to his continuing career as one of the ...

No Concessions: A Summer “Transformered”

“You’ve lost  a shitload of weight,” a colleague remarked recently. While not true by the scale it feels true, and for a very simple reason: Over the last two months I’ve largely avoided the multiplex, and my weekly infusion of popcorn so ...

Soundtrack Saturday: “Hannah and Her Sisters”

I have never been much of a Woody Allen fan and if you were to ask me why, I would respond with, “I don’t know.” Of the handful of Allen films I’ve seen — and I do really mean a handful, as ...

Random Play: Jews

I’m going to hell. Luckily, it doesn’t exist. Why, then, do I fear being condemned to the fiery depths? First, because if I’m wrong, my total lack of piety and generally blasphemous lifestyle did me in long ago. And second, because in ...

CD Review: Porcupine Tree, “The Incident”

A famous occurrence found its way into Woody Allen’s film Manhattan. The director has just explained all the artistic allusion and metaphor in his latest work, pouring over details and really attempting to make an artistic statement. Then comes time for ...