Best Thing I’ve Seen Today

Best Thing I’ve Seen Today

For several years, Seth Meyers and his team at NBC’s “Late Night” have produced some very clever parodies of movie trailer genres. Here they are one after another.

Stump Mr. Video

Stump Mr. Video

Nearly 40 years ago, I created a listener-participation game called Stump Mr. Video for my morning radio show. Too bad it could never work today. Here’s the story.

This Tastes Robotic

This Tastes Robotic

I had heard about restaurants using robots to make fries, pour drinks, and deliver food to customers at their tables, but I’d never seen one in action until now. Here’s the story.

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

This piece by Jeff Maysh in The Atlantic is about a guy who was convinced he’d figured out how to win the lottery consistently. Spoiler: he didn’t.

Random Thoughts

Random Thoughts

Quickies about peak leaf season, the outrageous ticket price for a Broadway show, a nauseating Fox News promo, and shame on Terry Bradshaw.

Review: “Till”

Review: “Till”

My review of a new drama about the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in the Jim Crow south in 1955, and how his mother, Mamie, turned the tragedy into one of the linchpins of the burgeoning civil rights movement.

Review: “Ticket To Paradise”

Review: “Ticket To Paradise”

My review of a new movie in which Julia Roberts and George Clooney play bitterly divorced parents who come together to try to stop the marriage of their daughter to a seaweed farmer in Bali.

Review: “Tár”

Review: “Tár”

My review of a new movie starring Cate Blanchett as one of very few women who have become conductors of major orchestras — but it turns out, she shares some of the same predatory qualities as men who preceded her.

Review: “Raymond and Ray”

Review: “Raymond and Ray”

My review of a new movie starring Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke whose father has died and, despite their estrangement from him, agree to fulfill his last wish by digging his grave — and there are lots more layers to peel in this story.

Oklahoma and The Music Man

Oklahoma and The Music Man

I’ve been thinking lately about the modern-day relevance of two classic American musicals: Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” Here’s what I’ve come up with.

Not Quite Bilingual

Not Quite Bilingual

It’s one thing to try to learn how to converse in a new language, but it’s something else to understand what native speakers are saying in response. Here’s how I learned this lesson as a teenager on vacation in Mexico.

Review: “Fiddler’s Journey”

Review: “Fiddler’s Journey”

A couple of years ago, I named a documentary about the making of “Fiddler On The Roof” the best of the year. Now, there’s another doc about the classic musical I’ve loved since I was young. Here’s my review.

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Frank Bruni on the disgraced former president of the LA City Council, who resigned this week after being caught making racist remarks, then saying she should know better because she’s a mother.