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  • Film review: Quentin Tarantino ropes himself a Western with 'Django Unchained'

    Film review: Quentin Tarantino ropes himself a Western with 'Django Unchained'
    As diverse as Quentin Tarantino's first films (“Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Jackie Brown”) were in tone (tragic, comic and romantic, respectively), they all took place within roughly the same world and the same genre — urban crime. The iconic status that accrued to him in that genre could easily have hardened into a straitjacket. In addition, his dialogue is so relentlessly contemporary that he seemed about as well suited for a 19th century period piece as Ang Lee was for a CGI superhero project like “Hulk.”
  • The story of the Oscars

    The story of the Oscars
    While it's true that there's only so much anyone can say about the Oscars, remember it can be said again and again. As a reader (and writer), I know by now that there are 10 abiding Oscar stories. Here they are, all in a single article: The history...

    DVD Review: 'Design for Living'

    When Ernst Lubitsch's comedy about a Bohemian menage a trois was released in 1933, it took a lot of heat for its lack of fidelity to Noel Coward's original stage play. Screenwriter Ben Hecht boasted that he had retained only one line of dialogue from...

    Film Review: 'This Means War' a humorless slog

    Film Review: 'This Means War' a humorless slog
    There is much humor to be found in the outrageous, even dangerous, lengths a sympathetic character will resort to in the name of obsessive love. And there's plenty on display in the preview teaser for the next “Ice Age” movie as Scrat —...

    Tidings of comfort and latkes

    Tidings of comfort and latkes
    What am I cooking for Christmas dinner? Well a goose, of course, a fine, fat one, cooked in the Barbara Kafka way that involves high heat and an hour of resting in the cooling oven; and my mom's sweet-and-sour red cabbage; and blanched Brussels sprouts...