CARY GRANT: A BRILLIANT DISGUISE

“What’s endlessly confirmed is that he was a hilarious cheapskate, charging friends to use the telephone at his home and taking care to save not just the buttons from his old, discarded shirts but also the rubber bands wrapped around his morning newspapers. With two Rolls-Royces stashed in separate cities, Cary Grant still clipped coupons.” – North Shore Movies, 10/20/2020

Comments Off on CARY GRANT: A BRILLIANT DISGUISE Posted in Books

MADE MEN: THE STORY OF GOODFELLAS

“Scorsese depicts the workaday realities of organized crime with a documentarian’s eye for detail and the sneer of a class clown sent to detention. So irreverent it ends with Sid Vicious’ sarcastic cover of the flatulent Sinatra anthem ‘My Way,’ I’ve never seen a movie with such swagger. When you watch it you feel like you’re getting away with something.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/15/2020

Comments Off on MADE MEN: THE STORY OF GOODFELLAS Posted in Books, Features

THE PRESS GANG

9E723163-CA3C-4B1E-B063-1E81D5AA50BF

“The Press purportedly operated out of the Puck Building where bohemian Greenwich Village met the skanky Lower East Side, and in its pages gave every indication of being a lunatic asylum run by degenerates and drunkards of formidable intellect, unencumbered by any overriding ideology or boundaries of good taste. To my mind, the ideal alt-weekly.” – North Shore Movies, 08/26/2020

Comments Off on THE PRESS GANG Posted in Books

CHASING THE LIGHT

0F621444-18F6-4C52-AAC9-26EA18A1EA37

“Oliver Stone is a larger-than-life character who sees himself as a figure of modern myth. He’s often ridiculous but not entirely wrong. His compulsively readable new memoir Chasing The Light chronicles the first half of Stone’s career with the kind of gonzo grandeur and go-for-broke immediacy that defined his early films. I couldn’t put it down.” – North Shore Movies, 08/16/2020

Comments Off on CHASING THE LIGHT Posted in Books

ANTKIND

BF4BF763-D38D-462D-B0CE-D424EDA257BC

“The 720-page novel follows a frustrated film critic to the end of civilization and beyond as he attempts to review a movie so massive he can’t wrap his mind around it. Like most of Kaufman’s work, it’s about the slow suffocation of solipsism, and the impossibility of engaging with art — or anything else, for that matter — when you can’t get out of your own way.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/31/2020

Comments Off on ANTKIND Posted in Books

ARE SNAKES NECESSARY?

3851BBD0-0745-40C8-AACE-C91431AE2FCA

“I kept seeing these characters as played by members of De Palma’s regular stock company, with roles for Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Gregg Henry and Melanie Griffith. The penultimate chapter so resembles one of the director’s distended, crosscut climactic montages that a character even says it feels like they’re seeing it in slow-motion.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/31/2020

Comments Off on ARE SNAKES NECESSARY? Posted in Books

FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES

3C1EACB7-E7A4-4060-8408-C680F254AAEF

“A bunch of pointy-headed academics writing about kids’ movies might at first sound counterintuitive, but as Keough notes in his introduction, ‘for better and worse, film critics are the most childish people you’ll meet.’ Having sat in Boston screening rooms with Peter for the past 20 years, I can attest that this is an observation he makes from personal experience.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/24/2019

Comments Off on FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES Posted in Books, Features

BEST. MOVIE. YEAR. EVER.

335701BA-4DE1-48B8-8F68-02563C6936DE

“Working from interviews both contemporaneous and recent, Raftery rattles off the stories of how these distinctive visions found their way into multiplexes in a bunch of punchy, largely self-contained chapters that read like the surprisingly meaty behind-the-scenes coverage you used to find in Premiere Magazine or Entertainment Weekly back in the ‘90s.” – North Shore Movies, 05/23/2019

Comments Off on BEST. MOVIE. YEAR. EVER. Posted in Books

THE SOPRANOS TURNS 20

9918ABE4-422B-41B8-860B-C9357057B58F

“For me, the ending’s meaning has always been more elusive, making visceral the sensation of having this story and these people we’ve grown to love over many years violently ripped away forever without a moment’s warning, abruptly plunging us into silence and nothingness. It’s a death scene alright, but we’re the ones who got whacked.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/09/2019

Comments Off on THE SOPRANOS TURNS 20 Posted in Books, Features

IT DOESN’T SUCK: ADAM NAYMAN ON SHOWGIRLS

9AFA2F3C-7DE9-458B-8447-9DDE1D49307B

“There are all kinds of ways a ‘bad’ cultural object can be redeemed. What’s amazing about Showgirls is that it ticks nearly every box: it’s been reclaimed as camp, as kitsch, a grist for the academic mill, as auteurism, as ideology, as a fun night out with friends, as everything. Maybe this resurgence is simply a case of an idea whose time has come.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/15/2018

Comments Off on IT DOESN’T SUCK: ADAM NAYMAN ON SHOWGIRLS Posted in Books, Interviews