2 months ago | Film and TV
Recently, I received an e-mail from Jeopardy! telling me that there’s still time to register for the show’s online test, which runs from October 4 through 6 (for details go to jeopardy.com). I get e-mails from the show every now and then, and they...
4 months ago | Film and TV
Among the ongoing freak-outs of getting older is constantly being confronted with venerable anniversaries of pop-culture phenomena. One week you’re reminded that Star Trek is about to qualify for AARP, another that Jaws is in its 40s, another that...
6 months ago | Events
There aren’t too many points of comparison between Charlie Chaplin and John Carpenter. But both of them are on that relatively short list of movie directors who composed music for their own films. If Carpenter can’t lay claim to any standards like...
7 months ago | Film and TV
Whatever else may be said about the animated kid move Ratchet & Clank, which opened last weekend, this much is inarguable: It’s full of robots. Indeed, the second of the two title characters in this sci-fi adventure, based on a video game seri...
8 months ago | Fun
A few years ago a friend gave me a gift she’d found in a used-book sale somewhere — a Bantam paperback edition, from 1955 (price 35 cents) of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. She thought that I would be amused by the cover, which pitched the book ...
9 months ago | Film and TV
Frankenstein is, arguably, the greatest of all monsters. There’s a sense in which the very name “Frankenstein,” applied not to the scientist but to his creation, has become virtually a synonym for “monster,” for something created but uncontrollabl...