Screening Room

November 4, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are: The Best Short Film of 2009 13


Spike Jonze says that this is a film about childhood, not necessarily a film for children. If he is talking about the trailer, he is absolutely right.

September 11, 2009

Birdie’s the Word: Mad Men’s Pop Culture References 3


The characters in Mad Men react emotionally to the media they consume, just like we do in real life.

August 28, 2009

Inglourious Basterds: Les Neiges d’Antan en Feu 2


Neutrality is not an option.

August 19, 2009

Inter Alia #18: Julia Child and the Ethical Appeal 5


Julia Child turns out not only to have been a kind of unfussy feminist; she was also a terrific writer.

August 18, 2009

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Men World 3


Draper without a double life just wouldn’t be Draper.

July 25, 2009

A First Look Through the Looking Glass: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland 2


Tim Burton and Disney have released the first images of Burton’s forthcoming (March 2010) take on Lewis Carroll’s 19th century children’s classic Alice in Wonderland – and they’re spectacular. Johnny Depp will play the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter (also Burton’s wife) will play the Red Queen, Anne Hathaway will play the White Queen, and […]

July 8, 2009

Middlesex on the Tube 2


I just discovered that HBO is going to turn Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel Middlesex into a series. Immediately all was untrammeled rapture. I love Middlesex, and I am a big fan of HBO series generally. The Sopranos. The inimitable Wire. Curb Your Enthusiasm. Rome. Deadwood. And yes, Sex and the City. I know that Sex and […]

May 21, 2009

Ask a Book Question: #72 (Books on the Silver Screen) 10


Kathy wrote in with this question: Our book club is focusing on books made into movies. We read fiction, no murder mysteries. I would like to keep either the book or the movie fairly current. Beloved is as far back as I would like to go. I thought about Wonder Boys and then heard The […]

May 20, 2009

Preacher Problems: John Huston and Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood 3


“I think I’ve been had,” John Huston remarked when he finished filming his adaptation of Flannery O’Connor’s novel Wise Blood, which was just released on DVD by the Criterion Collection. Or at least that’s the story the screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald tells. Huston’s take was that the film had a darkly comic heart, dressed in religious […]

April 7, 2009

If Every Day Were Really Like Sunday… 2


…I’d have to bite the bullet and get Tivo, because in the last few weeks, the Christian Sabbath has become a televisual feast day for people of the book. The 8 p.m. time slot currently offers a difficult choice between NBC’s quasi-Biblical Kings (recommended by Emily) and HBO’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (filmed […]