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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is a film critic for The New York Post and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

Buy Love Monkey for $4! "Hilarious"--Maslin, NY Times. "Exceedingly readable and wickedly funny romantic comedy"--S.F. Chronicle. "Loud and brash, a helluva lot of fun"--Entertainment Weekly. "Engaging romp, laugh-out-loud funny"-CNN. "Shrewd, self-deprecating, oh-so-witty. Smith's ruthless humor knows no bounds"--NPR

Buy A Christmas Caroline for $10! "for those who prefer their sentimentality seasoned with a dash of cynical wit. A quick, enjoyable read...straight out of Devil Wears Prada"--The Wall Street Journal

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  • Sgt. Pepper Wasn’t the Best Beatles Album of 1967

    By Kyle | June 6, 2017

    Where is the love for “Magical Mystery Tour”? It’s at least as great as Sgt. Pepper. More here.

    Topics: Music | No Comments »

    You May Be Wrong About Billy Joel: He’s Great

    By Kyle | April 28, 2017

    In a column, I take a look at Billy Joel haters: Why does it bother them so much that the man sells out Madison Square Garden?

    Topics: Music | 3 Comments »

    My First Week at National Review

    By Kyle | April 14, 2017

    I started at National Review on Monday, April 10, and spent the entire day getting hooked up with software systems. Then I leaped into action with….

    a look at liberal fascism in Dave Eggers’ novel “The Circle,” the movie version of which stars Tom Hanks and Emma Watson and is coming in two weeks…..

    an appreciation of Paul McCartney’s great 1989 album, “Flowers in the Dirt” on the occasion of its reissue….

    a review of “The Lost City of Z,” a weird attempt to graft multicultural sensitivity concerns onto cannibalism…

    an explanation why Netflix’s “The Crown” is a glorious defense of Burkina conservatism,

    Topics: Books, Movies, Music, TV | 15 Comments »

    10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Police

    By Kyle | March 20, 2015

    A listicle by me.

    Topics: Movies, Music | No Comments »

    J. Lo Takes Turkmenistan

    By Kyle | July 8, 2013

    So Jennifer Lopez performed in Turkmenistan for a ruthless dictator who disappears political opponents and even sang “Happy Birthday” to him. Then she failed to apology or donate her fee to a worthy cause. More in my Sunday column.

    Topics: Music | 15 Comments »

    How Barry Manilow Made Me a Contrarian

    By Kyle | February 3, 2013

    In my Sunday column, I talk about my abiding love for the musical stylings of Mr. Barry Manilow.

    Topics: Music | 4 Comments »

    The Mad Genius of Brian Wilson

    By Kyle | June 25, 2012

    George Will has the Beach Boys as avatars of freedom, of a glorious sunshine-y Reagan/Goldwater individualism that could not be farther from today’s California, which is more or less an organized conspiracy of the careless rich and the government-dependent poor, abetted by an influential middle of government workers….Michael Anton of the Claremont Review of Books has a wonderful long-ish essay about Brian Wilson, “Smile” and the politics of the Beach Boys. Says Anton:

    Yet despite their incomprehensibility, the lyrics for Smile remain fresh because of the music’s optimism and exuberant innocence. That beneficent Southern California sun shines through in every word. Though penned in the mid ’60s, there is scarcely a trace of the America-bashing then sweeping the intellectual and artistic classes. The Boys—and especially Brian—certainly succumbed to the carnal temptations of the time. But they never bought into the dystopic New Left vision of “AmeriKKKa.” In 1983, President Reagan’s buffoonish Secretary of the Interior James Watt canceled a planned Beach Boys concert in Washington, claiming that the Boys drew “the wrong element.” Both the president and the vice president publicly demurred; Watt was forced to relent. President and Mrs. Reagan warmly received the Boys at the White House. They later performed—gratis—before more than half a million fans on the National Mall. Front man Mike Love described singing on the Fourth of July in the heart of the nation’s capital as the greatest moment of his life.

    Topics: Music | No Comments »

    “Blood on the Tracks” the Movie

    By Kyle | April 5, 2012

    I don’t think it’ll work but someone is giving it a try. By the way: Has anyone ever noticed that despite the raging genius on side one, side two of the album is … not that great?

    Topics: Music | 1 Comment »

    Liveblogging Whitney Houston’s Funeral

    By Kyle | February 16, 2012

    The ceremonies will be live-streamed. EW promises a live blog about it. And the slightly queasy feeling in my stomach grows. Ugh.
    I’d be sympathetic to genuine displays of emotion, if there are to be any. The staged, publicity-seeking variety is kind of revolting.

    Topics: Music | 1 Comment »

    Party for Whitney

    By Kyle | February 13, 2012

    The bizarrely festive atmosphere surrounding Whitney Houston’s death on Grammy weekend has me puzzled. This was the most successful female singer of the era, and a frequent presence on the Grammys. Did anyone consider postponing? Nah. Was there soul-searching, reflection on the excesses of the pop-star life, on the damage wrought by global fame at a young age, on the enabling that goes on around someone whose increasingly diva-ish and self-destructive behavior is shrugged off?

    Much the opposite. The music industry seemed to revel in the spotlight being cast on it, with Whitney’s death merely the unfortunate inciting mechanism. The party went on in the very hotel where her body lay. Rihanna said, “Make some noise for Whitney!” as though applause and whoops were the appropriate reaction to a decades-premature demise. The Grammy ceremony itself included only perfunctory mentions of Houston. And everyone went on jamming and jiving and preening as usual.

    What is wrong with these people?

    Topics: Music | 5 Comments »

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