| Jun 1, 2011
When you think of Las Vegas, you probably don't think of Las Vegas, N.M. It's the other Las Vegas, and perhaps the wildest Wild West town you've never heard of.
I had never heard of Las Vegas, N.M., when I first encountered it in 1997 — a Western...
| Apr 27, 2011
| 11:46 AM
Javier Bardem already owns an Oscar (for "No Country for Old Men"), but he rightfully was in the running for another one for his fine work in director and co-screenwriter Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's profile of a man trying to get his affairs in order....
| Feb 25, 2013
| 5:07 AM
Last night's Oscars were like an emotional roller-coaster at a terrible amusement park--beginning wth Seth MacFarlane's as-bad-as-feared monologue, the show rarely rose above painful and hit few peaks. Allow us to relive some of the night's best and worst...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 3:02 PM
"Skyfall" may be the most satisfying James Bond film in years with jaw-dropping action, smart beautiful ladies and an Oscar-winning villain.
Daniel Craig is again the impeccably tailored superspy and more vulnerable, physically and emotionally, than we'...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 9:28 AM
As director, Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones casts another excellent actor - Samuel L. Jackson - opposite him in this intense two-person drama, an adaptation of a novel by Cormac McCarthy ("No Country for Old Men") first shown on HBO.
Jones plays a...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 3:08 PM
The great theorist of psychoanalysis Jacques Lacan envisioned desire as “caught in the rails of metonymy, eternally extending toward the desire for something else.” In the rhetorical figure of metonymy, a signifier points toward something...
| Oct 7, 2007
The five-year anniversary of 9-11 might have seemed like the perfect time for Hollywood to address the terrorist attacks and indeed, last year brought both United 93 and World Trade Center.
But the ways the world has changed since that fateful...
| May 24, 2009
Considering the many horror films featuring heroes in black who take out ghoulish enemies with crossbows or holy water bullets -- think of the "Underworld" or "Hellboy" movies, or "Van Helsing," whose titular hero seems inspired by the subject of this...
| Nov 11, 2010
Who doesn't want to be relevant? It's a step toward contentment, a way to stay charged and, in this season, a key to predicting the Oscars.
FOR THE RECORD:
Oscar voting: The Oscar Watcher's Notebook in the Nov. 11 edition of The...
| Nov 18, 2010
Ozark waitresses turned boxers. Los Angelenos battling over racial and social inequality. Boston's criminal element and a do-gooder detective. A West Texas cowboy and a satchel of money. A slum kid from India and a game show. Bomb specialists in Iraq...
| Jul 25, 2009
After getting the lay of the literary land in James Lee Burke's new Texas-based crime novel, I was reminded of a friend mentioning -- with film-buff certainty -- that Howard Hawks' classic western "Red River" was in fact an uncredited reworking of the sea...