The Pulitzer winning Clybourne Park has a handful of offensive but funny jokes sprinkled into its tart stew of a plot to emphasize the strained racial relationships of its lead players. But Old Jews Telling Jokes--based on the original Internet series created by Sam Hoffman--just has jokes. No con ... More >>
I was stunned to find this list posted on imdb.com. But bear in mind I think it was put up there by a single feisty human, and also "favorite" implies a personal like for someone as opposed to a definite feeling that they're masterfully talented.
Screen icon Jack Lemmon was a genius, and thankfully his actor/musician son Chris Lemmon is keeping his unique voice alive. Chris did his one-man show A Twist of Lemmon in a benefit performance at the Players Club last night, and I was there. Among his anecdotes: *The flaming George Cukor ... More >>
In Albert Nobbs, Glenn Close (above) convincingly plays a woman who dresses like a man in order to nab some employment in 19th-century Ireland. But it's the kind of stunt that can also nab you awards consideration.
When everyone's favorite actor, Jack Lemmon, was in the hospital dying about a decade ago, he was inspiringly uncomplaining and patient, according to Jack's actor son Chris Lemmon. But through all that impressive dignity, Jack managed to keep his bawdy humor intact. In fact, in his memoir, ... More >>
Whether they were playing drag queens or women, a lot of name actors have been willing to step into the heels and do it up. Who's your favorite? Liev Schreiber in 'Taking Woodstock'
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 12, 1973, Vol. XVIII, No. 28 Mailer's 5th Estate: Who's paranoid now? by Frank Crowther "Paranoia is the most useful or the most destructive faculty of the human spirit. One never knows when it's devoted to you or your destruction ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 11, 1973, Vol. XVIII, No. 2 films in focus by Andrew Sarris 'Tis the season to grind out 10-best lists, and this is certainly not the year to turn one's back on tradition. Still, there is at least one prominent film critic who ... More >>
I actually said that out loud to a Lincoln Center bigshot a few years ago, begging them to do a Tony Curtis film festival, but that illustrious tribute never happened any more than an Oscar for Jerry Lewis. I've always felt that Curtis was priceless in Some Like It Hot, keeping up with Jack ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. June 4, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 23 Film: The Out-Of-Towners By Molly Haskell On the assumption that no situation is so grim that a few laughs can't be wrung out of it (look at Feiffer and Buchwald on Nixon), Neil Simon ought to have been ab ... More >>
My choices in ranked order: (1) James Stewart (2) Robert DeNiro (3) Spencer Tracy (4) Jack Nicholson (5) Jack Lemmon
There have been so many good movies made about drunks, you wonder why booze can inspire so many artists while ruining so many lives. No matter. My personal favorites are:
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives August 5, 1965, Vol. X, No. 42 Films By Andrew Sarris I return to the subject of "WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT?" mainly because I fear the concerted effort to brainwash the public into thinking that "Pussycat" is an unspeakably bad movie may b ... More >>
Get 'em while they're hot
Tell me a movie you call your own. You know, the one that speaks to you the most directly and powerfully, even if just as a wonderful piece of escapist entertainment. I do NOT mean a flick everyone on the planet loves. I'm not looking to hear "I adore The Godfather trilogy" or "I really enjo ... More >>
We've all imagined doing it with famous people--snuggling with Angelina, pounding it to Brad, going down on Hitler--so it's time we took our perfectly healthy fantasies out of the closet and brought them into the public arena for mass ridicule. So which celebrity, living or dead, would YOU most wan ... More >>
Only in the early '70s could Elliott Gould have been a matinee idol. Since then? The Brooklyn schlemiel's long goodbye.
Quick! Celebrate these fresh-faced directors before they get washed-up and jaded
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