MAD MEN Season 5 Premiere

The first half of this two-hour premiere is in no hurry as it re-introduces many (but by no means all) of the show's huge cast of characters; it's downright leisurely. Someone new to MM could be forgiven for wondering what's the big deal. But the set-up's brushstrokes become a fuller picture in the second hour, when we get some … Continue reading MAD MEN Season 5 Premiere

CASA DE MI PADRE

Muy bueno.  Por cierto... magnifico. With his latest movie, Will Ferrell is cementing his reputation as a major American humorist -- and doing it here in quasi-pidgin Spanish. What might have only been worth a brief Funny or Die sketch is credibly expanded into a (short) feature thanks to Ferrell's perfectly cast co-stars, including Gael … Continue reading CASA DE MI PADRE

GAME CHANGE

Shallow as the ice in a hockey arena, HBO's sinfully entertaining docudrama does little more than skate through the high points of John Heilemann and Mark Helperin's best seller in an efficient, check-it- off-the-list manner. It's like The 2008 Campaign for Dummies. But depth isn't the point here; the performances are, and they're a mixed … Continue reading GAME CHANGE

TIM & ERIC’S BILLION DOLLAR MOVIE

The movie that answers the age-old question: Just how bad can a movie be? Put it this way: Not only do Will Ferrell, Jeff Goldblum, Zach Galifianakis, John C. Reilly, Will Forte, Robert Loggia and Ray Wise not help matters, all of these otherwise brilliant actors are actively bad. The level of satire is beneath … Continue reading TIM & ERIC’S BILLION DOLLAR MOVIE

WAITING FOR GODOT

Many great works of art were greeted at first with boos and bewilderment. 59 years ago, even French audiences didn't know how to react to Beckett's despairing, mordantly funny play about two men who wait eternally for what never comes. Today, while still emanating from an absurd and illogical dramatic universe, WFG is a heartbreakingly easy … Continue reading WAITING FOR GODOT

CLEOPATRA, CEO.

The organization that staged this remarkable production is called the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, but it's more performance art than ballet. Known for its choice of unusual, non-theatrical venues, HDDT chose a spectacular setting to tell the Queen of the Nile's story: the former executive headquarters of the Atlantic Richfield corporation on the top (51st) … Continue reading CLEOPATRA, CEO.

SILENT HOUSE

Mostly worth seeing for its dazzling technique, this movie isn't quite scary, but makes an honest effort. There's a little bit of REPULSION and a lot of FUNNY GAMES as pedigree, though not enough of the former's inner craziness and the latter's sheer dread. The tagline exhorts us to "experience 88 minutes of fear in … Continue reading SILENT HOUSE