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Formerly indefatigable ksonline commenter Hunter Tremayne has seemed singularly…defatigable of late, barely noticing vigorous attempts to draw his outrage. But I’m not offended. That’s only because he’s busy rehearsing the role of “Saunders” in the Jocular Theatre Co.’s long-awaited production of “Lend Me a Tenor,” which launches May 15. Get your tickets now! Drawback: the [...]
Sock Broadway with a tax increase? Noooo, cries the New York Times. (Seriously.) Why? Because tax increases make life harder for consumers and make them turn away from the thing that is being heavily taxed. This, as John Podhoretz points out in one of his typically witty and pithy postings, is the fundamental reason to [...]
Our gracious, witty and beloved colleague Clive Barnes died early this morning from cancer. Mary Huhn has a tribute to him here while Lou Lumenick contributes a personal memory here. As recently as a few weeks ago, Clive was still a jaunty presence at our staff’s Tuesday morning meetings, where he would tirelessly contribute his [...]
Vladmir and Estragon are in the ‘hood for a retooled “Waiting for Godot.” Because Samuel Beckett wuz all about da bling, bra. What’s next–”Rap’s Last Tape”?
Press release after the jump. Methinks anyone who has ever written anything for anyone could get a press pass to see it free. And by “bedoga,” I think the publicist [...]
Steve Coogan flails for laughs in another zero-laugh comedy, “Hamlet 2.” My review is here.
Abba-Dabba-D’oh! It’s too horrible to be true, and yet, here it is: news of a singalong “Mamma Mia!” When will this long international nightmare end? (And I say this as an actual ABBA fan. I dig the songs but my oh my, could the musical be any more embarrassing?)
Practically each paragraph of David Mamet’s lengthy essay in the Village Voice, “Why I Am No Longer a Brain-Dead Liberal,” is a knockout punch to the left or a statement of conservative principles not all that different in philosophical underpinnings (though very different in language) from the message of the departed William F. Buckley Jr. [...]
THE OUTER LIMITS
Kyle Smith review of FUNNY GAMES
112 minutes/Rated R
“Funny Games” is a nasty piece of work. Extreme is too mild a word. So is disgusting. This psychological thriller makes “No Country for Old Men” look like “High School Musical 2.” It’s black, bleak, ugly, brutal, inflammatory and brilliantly devious.
Michael Haneke’s film, a remake of [...]
The psychological thriller “Funny Games,” opening March 14, rivals and probably tops the Ellen Page internet-predator film “Hard Candy” in disgusting, vile, vicious, incandescently brutal wickedness. So why did I love this evil film, one I would strongly disrecommend to almost everyone I know?
It has its roots in European drama, particularly (with its [...]
In my Sunday column I muse about the creative instinct as it relates to a movie and a musical that open this week. Should you suffer for your art–or make everybody else suffer for it?« Previous Entries