Why do we feel blocked from our own laughter, sadness and outrage when we watch The Hoax? – This film has caught us as a society standing too close to the mirror.
The final moments of the forgotten classic The Last American Virgin are what elevate the picture from cultural curiosity to subversive brilliance.
The story of the Ballets Russes dance company is the story of the modern cult of celebrity.
Two Film Reviews by A. Mary Murphy
Criterion Collection presents journeyman director Louis Malle’s debut, a French exercise in noir.
Is it possible to make an engaging film about a bureaucrat who carries a briefcase instead of a gun? Ask second-time director Robert De Niro.
John Waters’ films have shown us the seedy, and revealed it as a mirror on ourselves.
all been there, The History Boys seem to say, no matter
where we’ve come from.
With punk today absorbed into the mainstream, can another alternative music culture appear? 1983’s Another State of Mind shows how it can be done.
Helen Mirren has the goods to be the queen – all the others merely players in her court.
What all of this adds up to is a biography of feeling, rather than fact, and a charming one at that.
Moments of keen insight are buried beneath the misguided colloquial monologue that occupies the bulk of Free Burning.
1971′s Play it Again, Sam previews how Woody Allen would soon elevate his comic acumen into masterful studies of tragic romance
Trust OutKast to steal the familiarity out of a passage that has long-since been deemed cliché and to grant it new meaning.
This DVD profiles a musician whose personal work has continued to mystify, scare and inspire, with music written by a recluse who has truly been an outsider.
In The Departed, nobody rides for free, and very few survive. And in this knock-down drag-out between a character and his environment, you should put your money on the neighborhood.
The ensemble cast of Little Miss Sunshine embraces the absurdity of family life, from Proust to pornography.
How often we become mindless sheep who find entertainment in the weirdest of places.
Martian Dawn: A Novelby Michael FriedmanThe plot of poet Michael Friedman’s new novel, Martian Dawn, unfurls across Hollywood, a biosphere, a nameless space station, Mars, and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, all places with an absurdity quotient significant enough to render serious, dramatic conflict difficult to sustain. [...]
As the sole woman to occupy a throne at the meeting point of heaven and earth, this extraordinary personage is perhaps a perfect fit for Shan’s grandiose writing style.
I read The Week You Weren’t Here while getting my nails done. I read it on the taxi ride home, glancing down at the page through patches of streetlight. I read it over dinner until my boyfriend asked me whether the book was good and I had no idea what to say.
Throughout the book’s 25 essays, Gass is the champion—sometimes joyful, sometimes harsh—of intellectual fitness. For him, reading is a form of aerobics.
Novelist Christian Bauman ponders the triumphs and tribulations of memoirists James Frey and Anthony Swofford and the lure of the publishing industry’s nonfiction fix
Welcome to the Vanishing Point: A Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior by Charles Bowden
O’Shay wants to retire from his job. He wants to walk away from what has become too easy for him—getting close to his enemies and then destroying them.
Anyone with an email account or a television is aware that the popularity of the game of poker is at an all-time high.
The primary question on Katie’s mind is, how did she lose control of her life?
Angie Kritenbrink reviews prominent Omaha poet’s latest chapbook
Angie Kritenbrink reviews Alice Munro’s newest collection of stories
Angie Kritenbrink reviews The Glory Cloak by Patricia O’Brien