Norma Desmond Was Right: The Pictures Really Did Get Small

Of this past year’s films, two that achieved great success, both at the box office and at the 2012 Academy Awards, were stories that documented major transitions in the history of cinema. The Artist depicts the abrupt shift from silent films to the “talkies”, or sound films, that seemingly happened overnight–and the effects that the transformation … Continued

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Nicki Minaj’s Schizophrenic New Album–Atlantic Mad Men v. The Artist: TV Today Is Better Than Film–Vanity Fair John Grisham’s Favorite Mistake–Newsweek The Exploitation of Trayvon Martin–Shelby Steele Damsels in Distress & The Flowers of Youth–NYT Where Are All the Normal Men?–Huff Po 10 Most Ridic Uses of Internet In Movies–CableTvProviders

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The 1960s Reality Behind Mad Men–Newsweek The Man Med Generation & the Perfect Martini–Christopher Buckley In one of the many scenes in “Mad Men” having to do with drinking, Roger Sterling, played to perfection by John Slattery, goes mano a mano with Don Draper over oysters and Martinis. Roger instructs the waiter, “And don’t let me see the bottom of … Continued

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From the Archives: Fitzgerald’s “The Crack Up”

Last week, a reader, responding to my post about the death of the novel, sent me a link to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous 1936 essay “The Crack Up,” which, as the reader points out, prefigured the points I made in my post. Fitzgerald’s essay, originally published in Esquire magazine, is not only relevant to my … Continued

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The Ten Most Gripping Films of All Time–Andrew Klavan The Liberal Hubbub Over Act of Valor—Power Line Why The Artist Is the Perfect Movie for the Times–Huff Po The Artist Substitutes Style for Substance–Atlantic Why Are We So Obsessed with Celebrities?–Time Why One Mother Hates the Berenstain Bears—Slate The Good, Bad, Ugly of Oscar Gowns–Jezebel

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The Artist and the Virtue of Silence

When I set out to see The Artist, newly anointed as the best picture of the year, a month or two ago at New York City’s famed Paris Theatre near Central Park South, I was of two minds about the film. First, I was skeptical. A silent movie described by various media outlets as a “love letter … Continued

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The best from around the web regarding Hollywood’s biggest night–Oscars! The Dress of the Night (& Other Glam Pics)–LA Times The Film of the Night: The Artist—THR Oscars Celebrates Film History & Relevance of Cinema–WSJ God and Family Make Appearance at the Oscars–AP A Complete List of Winners and Losers–E! Slideshow: Academy Awards Winners–NYT The … Continued

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The Vow, Reviewed: Perfect Valentine’s Day Date Film—THR Avoiding the Limelight: The Power of Introverts—WSJ Books A Lightning Rod in Storm Over U.S.’s Class Divide—NYT Daniel Radcliffe: “Snobbery” Robbed Harry Potter of Oscars—E! Michael Kors’s Favorite Mistake: Male Bodysuits—Newsweek The Thatcher Style: Wearing Strength on Your Sleeve—NYT Why Is it So Hard to Speak Up?—WSJ … Continued

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Where pop culture meets the virtues . . . Presenting the best in Golden Globes’ gossip, chatter, and analysis: Recap: Who Won What—Big Hollywood Celebrating Middle Aged Woman—Huffington Post The Best Dressed at the Golden Globes—The Daily Beast Pic of the Day . . . the classy Helen Mirren: The Golden Globes Fashion Breakdown—WSJ Host Ricky … Continued

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The Artist Cleans Up at Critics’ Choice Awards for Aesthetic Glamour—LA Times The Beauty of Silence in Non-Silent Films—The Atlantic On the Joys of Reading While Running—Alexander Nazaryan The Iron Lady’s Sex Appeal—Christopher Hitchens in the Huffington Post The Wit and Absurdity of Tina Fey’s 30 Rock—NPR Flashback: John Steinback on Falling in Love in 1958—Maria … Continued

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