Arrival (Theatrical Science Fiction Movie, 2016). This film, based on a story by Ted Chang, one of the very best of the younger generation of SF authors, earned a fistful of Academy Award nominations. It won in one technical category (sound) and could’ve easily earned more. If it wasn’t that year’s actual Best Picture, it was […]Read more "FILM REVIEW: Arrival"
Already 14 years since this came out? Wow. Anyway, even if you never saw this one you probably know about the real-life behind-the-scenes drama of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt beginning their relationship as an on-set affair. But let’s not focus on that, okay? Here and now, the movie is the thing. And what an odd, somewhat […]Read more "FILM REVIEW: Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)"
The owner/operator of the Grand Midway, Blair Murphy, had business that kept him from being on hand for much of this Thursday’s coffeehouse. Accordingly, he asked yours truly to pinch-hit for him. I agreed, of course–I mean, why not? Being paid a bit to attend my favorite place, where I’d be spending the evening regardless! […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: September 6, 2018"
Yesterday was still humid, although air temps eased back to only slightly above ‘normal.’ I attended the latest meeting of Friends of the Windber Library at 5 PM, the most interesting part of which was all the rest of us trying to convince our dedicated Library Director that, visibly ill as she was, she really […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights, August 30, 2018"
Hank & Jim by Scott Eyman (Film History/Bio, 2017). Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart were, without question, two of the most gifted and popular actors of their era. While they had wildly different politics, in other ways they had a lot in common and they were close friends to the end. In this capably written and […]Read more "REVIEWED: Hank & Jim"
Unqualified by Anna Faris, with Chris Pratt and Rachel Bertsche (Humorous Memoir/Advice Book, 2017). This lighthearted, yet sincere book is a blend of good-natured humor, personal memoir and relationship-focused advice from actress Anna Faris. The title (and the book itself) is a spinoff from one of her current projects, a call-in podcast she co-hosts entitled Anna Faris […]Read more "REVIEWED: Unqualified"
Are You Anybody? by Jeffrey Tambor. (Memoir, 2017). Jeffrey Tambor has built an enviable record of success as an actor. He’s won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards, despite the deep-seated insecurities that he details in this revealing and personal memoir. Of course insecure actors are anything but a rarity. That he attributes his insecurity largely to […]Read more "REVIEWED: Are You Anybody?: A Memoir"