Seven Great Documentaries

Seven Great Documentaries

Here are seven documentaries from this year I heartily recommend to you, with subjects including Bill Russell, Albert Brooks, Yogi Berra, and why we should look again at nuclear power.

Tommy Smothers

Tommy Smothers

I’m saddened to hear of the death of Tommy Smothers at the age of 86. Here’s a conversation I had with him in 2007 about his long career with brother Dick — and the time he taught John Lennon the right way to play a song.

Worst Movies Of 2023

Worst Movies Of 2023

It can be fun ripping really bad movies to shreds, but I hate that I wasted so much time watching these, the ten I most disliked in the last twelve months.

Best Movies Of 2023

Best Movies Of 2023

Here’s my list of the ten movies that impressed me most in the last twelve months, regardless of platform. Most of them did not earn big numbers at the box office, but they all put a smile on my face.

Stuff Worth Reading

Stuff Worth Reading

I recommend these pieces about “The Sound Of Music,” Elon Musk’s big lie, the NY Times games department, an ill-advised remake of a Christmas movie classic, and why a proposed big media merger is such a bad idea.

You Can Wish Me A Merry Christmas

You Can Wish Me A Merry Christmas

A re-post of a piece I wrote in 2012 about why, even though I don’t celebrate the holiday, you can still wish me a Merry Christmas (and vice versa).

“American Fiction”

“American Fiction”

Here’s my rave review of a clever, funny new movie about a frustrated Black author fed up with the way the publishing world treats people who look like him.

“Maestro”

“Maestro”

Here’s my review of Bradley Cooper’s biopic of composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein and his longtime marriage to his wife, Felicia.

Busting The Bugsy Myth

Busting The Bugsy Myth

Despite the claims of Barry Levinson’s 1991 movie “Bugsy,” mobster Ben Siegel did not create the first casino in Las Vegas. In fact, it was a woman named Alice Morris.

What’s Wrong With You?

What’s Wrong With You?

I couldn’t believe the reaction of the guy next to me on a Southwest flight when passengers sang “Happy Birthday” to a two-year-old girl. Here’s the story.

No More Info

No More Info

We take you now to the evening news broadcast of a local TV station in any American city for breaking news live from the courthouse.

Thoughts And Prayers

Thoughts And Prayers

From a group called Mothers For Democracy, this is the most creative and compelling political message I’ve seen in a long time.

“Immediate Family”

“Immediate Family”

If you bought rock albums during the singer-songwriter era of the 1970s, you often saw the names of four extraordinary musicians on the back covers. Here’s my review of a new documentary about them.