Al Hirschfeld shows character
How did I miss Voyage of the Rock Aliens when it came out in 1984? In one of her last films, Ruth Gordon plays the sheriff of a town called Speelburgh, seeking out the alien invaders who've wreaked havoc at Heidi High in their quest for the roots of rock and roll.
From Gale Sondergaard to Octavia Spencer. And he does them brilliantly, starting at about 39 seconds in. He does Fay Bainter, Shelley Winters, Shirley Jones, Rita Moreno, Patty Duke, Ruth Gordon, Estelle Parsons, Jennifer Hudson, Melissa Leo, Monique... He does them all.
Drag star Hedda Lettuce presented Rosemary's Baby last night at the Chelsea Clearview and was delightfully satanic enough to bring me onstage beforehand to talk about my love for the 1968 horror classic. I advised the audience to look for various sitcom regulars who Polanski purposely cast as witch ... More >>
I see at least three Oscar winners in these silent but riveting home movies taken by Roddy McDowall in Malibu in the kicky '60s. There's Jane Fonda, Ruth Gordon, and Julie Andrews, and of course, Tammy Grimes and...
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 23, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 51 Creatures nosing for crumbs By Richard McGuinness The best black comedies communicate pangs of conscience about the hopeless lives they create -- George Axelrod's "Lord Love a Duck" was perhaps the m ... More >>
Liza! The gayest night since Stonewall! Some plays are already dead.
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 25, 1968, Vol. XIII, No. 41 Films by Andrew Sarris "ROSEMARY'S BABY" has been blessed with such extraordinary popularity from the printed page to the silver screen that it seems superfluous if not presumptuous for a critic to reco ... More >>
"A mixture of orphan and clown" is what the great Natalie Wood played in 1965's musical melodrama Inside Daisy Clover, but that could also describe Natalie herself--a porcelain anti-waif whose radioactive spunk seemed to be a compensation for never quite feeling she was good enough or truly b ... More >>
If you wanna say yes, say yes to Harold and Maude
One of the scariest movies of all time turns 40
For today's playgoers, alternately babied and brutalized, Mrs. Warren brings relief
A triple spin here is pushing it because the ceiling was just repainted
The Devil's Playground