I enjoy this time of year. Partly because I work in retail, and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is a kind of gift: festive and fun, and landing somewhere between the insanity of December and the dead quiet of January. But also because I get […]
Just a critter in the Gutter.
In the course of making The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call: New Orleans, Werner Herzog seems to have discovered how to save Nicolas Cage: let him drown. Why am I writing about Nicolas Cage again, after effectively writing him off in a previous column? Maybe because, with his […]
One of the many criticisms levelled at romance novels is that they’re a poor model for women when it comes to real-life relationships. All that fairy tale nonsense, detractors say, will make women want the wrong things from their partners. I could list a dozen things wrong with […]
If the ending of No Country for Old Men left you unsatisfied, the Coen Brothers’ latest film, A Serious Man, will drive you insane. Because, although on the surface it seems like a film about how we tell stories to make sense of life, it reveals itself as […]
I never thought a courtroom would make a particularly good backdrop for romance. Drama, certainly, in a gavel-pounding, “you can’t handle the truth” sort of way. But I thought the procedural nature of the law, with its rules and regulations, and sheer mind-numbing attention to detail precluded any […]
Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are is not, thank god, a film about growing up.