| Jan 17, 2009
"Wuthering Heights": A Victorian novel with a name (and plot points) fit for a 1980s prime-time soap. It's one of those titles that rattles around in your head even before you've ever read the book or the Cliffs Notes, or seen it adapted for TV or the...
| Feb 15, 2009
Much already has been said, written and blogged about the merits of Sean Penn's performance as Harvey Milk. About his uncanny channeling of Milk's nasally eloquence, his skill in replicating Milk's puckish intelligence and his striking physical...
| Feb 18, 2009
Economies around the globe are melting down. The U.S. is embroiled in multiple armed conflicts with no easy exits.
So who cares what five Oscar winners have played superheroes in their careers? Chances are, you do. That's why you're reading this. Test...
| Apr 6, 2008
Charlton Heston, the Oscar-winning actor who achieved stardom playing larger-than-life figures including Moses, Michelangelo and Andrew Jackson and went on to become an unapologetic gun advocate and darling of conservative causes, has died. He was 84....
| Jun 1, 2008
If you're planning to visit Rome before you die, it pays to prepare for the experience. Here are 10 books and movies to help you understand what you see in the Roman Forum, at the Vatican and on the Piazza Navona.
1. "The Agony and the Ecstasy" (1961, by...
| Jul 19, 2009
Critics don't get much respect. (Pause here for raucous laughter.) If you doubt it, look up the word "critic" in any book of quotations and see what you find.
H.L. Mencken's "New Dictionary of Quotations" is full of zinger after zinger, most of which...
| Aug 29, 2004
"Look, I'm not odd. I'm just trying to be an actor; not a movie star, an actor"-- Montgomery Clift
Several of the recent Marlon Brando obituaries mentioned Montgomery Clift as one of the actor's contemporaries. But Clift was more than a contemporary. He,...