Jonathan Winters: On the Loose

Jonathan Winters is a difficult talent to categorize, which may help explain why he has been so under-utilized by Hollywood. The latest example of this dropping of the ball is the recent flop Rocky and Bullwinkle, in which Winters  ...

Rated X

Rated X, Showtime's new film about porno kings the Mitchell Brothers, opens with a ludicrously portentous scene. Jim Mitchell (Emilio Estevez, looking in his bald wig like a sadsack community college Willy Loman) sits in a Lazyboy and listens  ...

The Sopranos

When Goodfellas debuted on movie screens in the fall of 1990, it felt like one last glorious burst for the played-out gangster genre. This was confirmed a few months later with the arrival of The Godfather, Part III, which  ...

David Copperfield

.. Suggested reading: David Copperfield: Interweaving Truth and Fiction (1991), Graham Storey The World of Charles Dickens: The Life, Times and Work of the Great Victorian Novelist (1999), Martin Fido Charles Dickens’ 1850  ...

Jazz

Ken Burns' new documentary series Jazz completes the trilogy that began with The Civil War and continued with Baseball. It is less a celebration of a musical idiom than his latest attempt to define the very essence of America.  ...

Noriega: God’s Favorite

Suggested reading: In Defiance: The Battle Against General Noriega Fought from Panama's Embassy in Washington (1999), Juan B. Sosa Rembrandt Dazzling White Tooth Bleaching Value Kit On December 20, 1989, American armed forces in  ...

King Lear

Filmed in 1998, this adroit BBC/WGBH-Boston production of William Shakespeare’s King Lear is of particular note for preserving Ian Holm’s celebrated stage performance in the title role. Stellar interpreters of Lear haven’t always been so fortunate. Laurence Olivier was  ...

The Noel Coward Story

1999 marks the centennial of the birth of Noel Coward and Great Performances provides us early in the year with this two hour biography from the BBC. Lushly produced and carefully researched, the program takes us chronologically through Coward's  ...

Resurrection Blvd.

One day a movie or TV show will tell the story of a Latino family as dysfunctional as the family in The Ice Storm — a family whose members resent and avoid one another, take meals together as a  ...

All the King’s Men

On August 12, 1915 the Sandringham Company - a group of volunteers from King George V's royal estate - advanced into withering enemy fire during the disastrous Gallipoli campaign and were never seen again. Eyewitnesses spoke of a strange  ...