“Have you seen La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty)?” My husband’s Italian cousin glances around the dimly lit restaurant, leans in, and says in a low tone. He’s in town for business, and we have no idea what he is talking about. A statue? Berlusconi? It’s showing in Paris, he assures us, so it must […]Read More >>
What movie is your life like?
My father never owned a new car. A Volkswagen, station wagon, two Dodge Plymouth vans, a couple of Buicks (one with an ’72 Olympic emblem on the hood), all with driver’s seats formed in the shape of previous owners. He seemed to like these cars, took great care of them, especially the vans with the […]Read More >>
Dallas Buyers Club, The Great Beauty—while the two bold and devastating films that I saw last weekend swirl around my psyche, I’ll write about a film not so bold and the opposite of devastating, Enough Said. I still watch Seinfeld reruns. And like every woman my age who does, they probably see a piece of themselves […]Read More >>
Noah Baumbach, for now, has found his muse. Greta Gerwig. The two of them co-wrote Frances Ha, which Baumbach directed and produced, a small, off-beat story about a struggling dancer in New York. Greta Gerwig is not so much an actress to me as Greta Gerwig playing different versions of herself, like Diane Keaton or […]Read More >>