Category Archives: film

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

After a prolonged battle with Hollywood powers over his last film, Margaret, playwright-screenwriter-director Kenneth Lonergan returns to the screen with Manchester by the Sea.  Hollywood ways and theatre ways of working do not jibe, and Lonergan, in the Margaret battle, … Continue reading

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THE STRANGE CASE OF DAVID MAMET

I’ve gone through stages with David Mamet the same as I’ve gone through with Mike Tyson.  Back when Tyson was the best heavyweight, when he floored Michael Spinks in a few seconds, I was a fan.  When Tyson got violent … Continue reading

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EARTH TO ECHO, A REVIEW

I went to see Earth to Echo the other night.  I’m accustomed to seeing a long line of previews before the feature film starts.  One sequence I was pulled into.  Boys of about 13 were video recording interviews of themselves.  … Continue reading

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THE ROCKY MUSICAL

Rocky, playing at the Winter Garden Theatre, is one of the major hits of the current Broadway season.  Adapted by Sylvester Stallone and co-librettist Tom Meehan from Stallone’s 1976 film of the same name, it shows that the basis of … Continue reading

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12 years a slave then and now

The film 12 Years a Slave is a valuable work of art.  Telling the story of a free black man who, in the 1840’s, is captured and forced into bondage, it has a good script and flexible dialogue.  Its direction … Continue reading

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LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER: A REVIEW

I saw Lee Daniels’ The Butler over Labor Day weekend.  The film has been given much hoopla by its producers, the Weinsteins, who are veterans in the push for Academy Awards.  But the strong cast justified the publicity.  Forest Whitaker … Continue reading

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ANNE HATHAWAY’S OSCAR

The common misperception is that musical theatre is low entertainment, an art form inferior to both  and straight theatre.  While too many musical theatre productions cater to this misperception, there is also a strong tradition of musical theatre as serious … Continue reading

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