Archives for October 2012


Long shot: The Kevin Laue story

The everyday struggles of reaching the top of your game

In 1990, Kevin Laue was born with only a right arm; ten years later, his father, who had pushed him hard to persevere despite his disability, died of cancer. Haunted by the feeling that he let his father down, Laue vowed to make something of himself and, sometime during junior high, began training with the rival school’s basketball coach. By sixteen, the nearly seven-foot-tall Laue had become a ... more >

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A royal affair

Danish contender for Oscar has lots going for itself
Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel

Nikolaj Arcel's sweeping costume drama “A Royal Affair”—Denmark's Oscar entry—follows the struggles of young Queen Caroline (Alicia Vikander) as she tries to adapt to her new role as wife of Denmark's obviously insane King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Folsgaard). The year is 1766, and Caroline, a native Brit, is forced to make do with her unpredictable husband and strange new surroundings with hardly ... more >

Nineties Style


Original Music by Zbigniew Preisner (Damage) 1992 Les Amants du Pont Neuf by Les Rita Mitsouko (Les Amants du Pont Neuf) 1991 Livin’ Thing by Electric Light Orchestra (Boogie Nights) 1997 Original Music by Richard Robbins (The Remains of the Day) 1993 The dark end of the street by Wilson Pickett (The Commitments) 1991 Candela by Ibrahim Ferrer (Buena Vista Social Club) 1999 Original Music by ... more >

The Man Who Saw a Ghost

Author Devin McKinney's biography of Fonda out now

(excerpt from the review) Henry Fonda became an icon in an age of icons: Cagney, Bogart, Gable, Stewart, Cooper and Grant, to name a few. All of them created memorable characters, of which the most memorable was their own, an image that embodied some virtue to be emulated or trait to be admired. As Devin McKinney puts it in “The Man Who Saw a Ghost,” Fonda was “an American artist caught up in ... more >

Haute Cuisine

Out of France, a new film to look out for

"Les Saveurs du Palais" (France)—no release date yet. Now that Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli in Barcelona, the “world’s best restaurant,” has closed, gastronomes with deep pockets have no option but to fly to Copenhagen and gather at René Redzepi’s Noma, newly crowned with the title. Farewell molecular cuisine and turnip petals with iced peanut foam, hello foraging—moss, spruce-tree bark and wild ... more >


Six Degrees of Wachowski
Tom Hanks, Halle Barry and Jim Broadbent
Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lane Wachowski

“Cloud Atlas,” the latest effort from the Wachowskis, wraps a half-dozen stories, settings, and groups of characters into one film. But it doesn’t matter how many stories they do, their song remains the same. The “Matrix” helmers have hit the same point for a while now. Liberty is the freedom from illusions that are perpetrated by relationships of power. Bravery is the willingness to fight ... more >