| Jul 2, 2011
Boozy, boorish and self-besotted, the world-famous writer in Woody Allen's current hit film, "Midnight in Paris," is kind of a clown. And, as played by actor Corey Stoll, he's an instantly recognizable replica of the author of "The Sun Also Rises" and...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 2:28 PM
In a twist on Caesar's "Veni, vedi, vici" (I came, I saw, I conquered.), the French writer Victor Hugo wrote: "Veni, vedi, vixi. (I came, I saw, I lived.)
Either way, I went to Paris, I saw everything possible in a week, I conquered any apprehension...
| Aug 6, 2011
Diet Coke. Check.
A copy of "F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Short Autobiography" (Scribner), edited by James L. West III. Check.
If you're on your way to see — or see again — "Midnight in Paris," the latest film...
| Aug 16, 2011
| 3:39 PM
"Paris Was Ours: Thirty-Two Writers Reflect on the City of Light" Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, $15.95
In the introduction, editor Penelope Rowlands recalls when she and her then-boyfriend first arrived in Paris. It took a while for the then-20-year-...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 7:26 AM
The very best movies of the past year went back to the earliest years of cinema for their subject matter, but 100 or so years amount to just a few film frames when you consider that some of the other movies in this 10-best list went back to the dawn of...
| Jan 14, 2012
| 5:02 PM
Let's face it. Audiences will tune into the Golden Globes Sunday at 5 p.m. on NBC not so much to see if "The Artist," "The Help," "Hugo" or "Midnight in Paris" wins best picture of 2011 -- but to see just how outrageous host Ricky Gervais will get.
| Jan 15, 2012
| 8:38 PM
"The Artist," the charming film about Hollywood's transition from silent movies to talkies, and the family drama "The Descendants" were catapulted to front-runner Oscar status Sunday night with an armful of Golden Globes to their names as the awards...
| Jan 24, 2012
| 4:08 PM
John Osborne wrote the key post-World War II British drama "Look Back in Anger," later filmed in 1959. By contrast there’s very little anger in all the look-backs among this year’s Academy Award nominations. Oscar's unofficial slogan in...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 3:34 PM
Everyone has at least one skill that doesn't have a practical use.
Mine is the ability to name every movie ever to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
I absorbed that knowledge from years of reading critical studies of the Oscars, to the point...
| Jan 26, 2012
| 8:45 PM
Few films have more award-winning talent than"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."
Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock need no introduction. Director Stephen Daldry earned Oscar nominations for "The Hours" and "The Reader." Eric Roth wrote the screenplays for"...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 2:35 PM
A couple of years ago, Bruce Sheridan, chair of the film program at Columbia College, noticed a curious thing happening. A few of the film majors who interned on the Chicago production of "The Dark Knight" had started making their student films and, as...