She won an Oscar for her hard-driving mama in The Fighter, but in her new movie Francine, Melissa Leo takes a total U-turn and rocks all over again.
My new column describes how Leo plays an introverted, traumatized ex-con taking baby steps towards adjustment in this arty, carefully done work.
First of all, if you click on this, you will have wasted one of your 20 monthly free New York Times articles on something about white male bloggers. That's because in addition to a new website about addiction from Radar founder Maer Roshan, which went up with little-to-no build-up, today is a ... More >>
And here are some saucy samplings of what I said.
About Melissa Leo's F word:
"It was in keeping with her character in The Fighter. And it was the only sign of life all night. It's just sad that it was the highlight of the whole telecast and you couldn't hear it! You had to read her lips! ... More >>
photo by Nate "Igor" SmithThe Gregory Brothers at the Village Voice Web Awards in December 2010
Among the rusty Web 2.0 jokes, Anne Hathaway's cornball hooting, and all the precious air Oprah breathed, there were a few redeeming aspects to last night's Oscars. Coincidentally (or not?), they tended ... More >>
Melissa Leo has won every award in tarnation for The Fighter and she was the frontrunner for the Oscar too, until some whoop-to-doo happened over ads she took out in Variety.
They showed her being all glammed up and lovely, a far cry from the spunky, ragtag, cigarette chompin ... More >>
The talented Melissa Leo is winning lots of awards for playing the big-haired, manipulative, and often destructive mother in The Fighter.
The real-life woman she plays had a heart attack a few days ago, but she's rallying because she's that kind of survivor.
Warpaint, pulling you off the floor. Photo by Santiago FelipeIn this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla's Down in Front column makes its triumphant return, checking out shows from Warpaint and Hall & Oates, while Drew Hinshaw demands that you let Soulja Boy be great and Mike Ayers does arts a ... More >>