Thursday, October 21, 2021

Golshifteh Farahani

Golshifteh Farahani + aliens = win! I interviewed the great Iranian actress about her star turn in the new series Invasion. More thataway.

Designing Women

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason brings back her classic characters in a brand-new play. The production is in Arkansas but thanks to the magic of streaming I was able to review it for the Times. Click here.

Todd Haynes talks music and films

Todd Haynes is such a smart guy that when you interview him, you look smart by association!  It was an absolute pleasure to talk music and film with him, pegged to his new doc about the Velvet Underground. Click here for the feature.

Needle in a Timestack

 I reviewed this stupefyingly bland time-travel rom-dram (what else to call it when it's not funny?). Not a critic's pick, obviously. More thataway.

Maryann Plunkett's exit interview

Maryanne Plunkett was in all 12 plays of Richard Nelson's Rhinebeck Panorama cycle. I talked to her about what it was like, and closing a period of her life. Click here for the article.

Saturday, October 02, 2021

A chat about Ganglands with Julien Leclercq

I love Julien Leclercq's movies and I'm happy to report his first series, Ganglands, is excellent as well. We talked about how it came to be and how he adapted his lean-and-mean style to an extended running time. Click here for the article.

Never Let Go

 There's still time to catch Michael Kinnan's solo retelling of Titanic at the Brick! My critic's pick is here.

This month's overlooked sci-fi movies

And we're back with five more science-fiction movies you might not have heard of. If you think of sci-fi as just galactic epics, these will surprise you. Click here for the list.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet

In-person theater is coming back to life and I trekked to Union Square for this new musical. I wish I'd liked it more. Click here for my review.

Talking Tonys

It was great fun to discuss CBS' Tonys broadcast (rather than who or what got awards) with the Times' Jesse Green and James Poniewozik. Read on.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Only an Octave Apart

 I talked to Justin Vivian Bond and Anthony Roth Costanzo about their show at St. Ann's Warehouse. I love that they were inspired by Beverly Sills and Carol Burnett's TV special from 1976! Click here for the goods.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

A film adaptation of the West End musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie is now on Amazon, and I reviewed it for the Times. Fun fact: Holly Johnson of Frankie Goes to Hollywood sings the big Richard E. Grant number. Click here for my review.

Come from Away

Just like the stage musical, the capture of Come from Away is hard to hate and hard to love. My review of the new Apple TV+ stream is here.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

There is still theater to stream

As in-person theater returns, my streaming column in the New York Times comes to an end, at least in this incarnation. There are some real goodies in that last installment so click here.

10 from Jean-Paul Belmondo

I was actually surprised by how many Jean-Paul Belmondo hits are available in the U.S. — and if you're lucky enough to have a Kanopy account, there are even more. I put together a list of 10 for the New York Times. Get reading and then get streaming!

Come From Away

I returned to Gander and the good folks of Come From Away, which is now streaming on Apple TV+. It's pretty much like the Broadway show (itself returning soon), which means that it's hard to hate and hard to love. Click here for my review.

Wednesday, September 08, 2021