Herbert Block spent his long life practicing the vicious art of visual mockery.
John Goodman on the Origins of His 'Llewyn Davis' Character
January 24, 2014
This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. John Goodman can’t get comfortable. The sofa’s too deep: it dwarfs him like a giant beanbag. It’s strange to see Goodman looking dwarfed.
Slavery Is Having a Hollywood Moment. What About the Rest of Black History in America?
January 20, 2014
Why are we still waiting for a great film about Martin Luther King Jr.?
Why Blockbusters Will Always Rule Hollywood
January 17, 2014
This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. In 2006, when global optimism about the new broadband-based, interactive Web 2.0 was at its height, Chris Anderson, then the editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, published The Long Tail.
Hate Awards Season Frenzy? Blame the Golden Globes.
January 09, 2014
The Golden Globes kick off the Awards Season frenzy.
'The Wolf of Wall Street': No Moralizing, Great Filmmaking
January 09, 2014
The Great Gatsby was as bad as films come, and a forlorn quagmire for DiCaprio. Now he is redeemed with The Wolf of Wall Street.
'The Selfish Giant': The Part of England Everyone Forgot
January 03, 2014
A masterpiece about rural, post-industrial England, based on an Oscar Wilde story.
The Story Behind the Central Song in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
December 20, 2013
The central song in 'Inside Llewyn Davis' has been performed by everyone from Pete Seeger to Bob Dylan to Jeff Buckley.
'Saving Mr. Banks' Is a Two-Hour Disney Commercial
December 19, 2013
Saving Mr Banks is a merciless film. It hits you with every sentimental low blow it can think of. Then it pounds you again. And when you’re down, it jumps on you.
Remembering Peter O'Toole
December 17, 2013
Remembering a brief encounter with the self-destructive, life-affirming star.