Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007)

The Swedish master of modern cinema, died Monday at his home in Faro, Sweden. He was 89 years old. I agree 100% with Woody Allen’s assessment that he was “probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since the invention of the motion picture...

Marc Anthony as “El Cantante”

Saluting Hector Lavoe Leading Latin singer Marc Anthony belts out a tune at Thursday’s jumping after-party for “El Cantante” in New York City. Backed by a full salsa band, Anthony took the stage for a short, but powerful set of songs at...

Ulrich Muhe

I was lucky enough to catch the great Mr. Muhe in a devastating production of Sarah Kane’s “Blasted” (German title: Zerbombt) at the schaubuhne am lehniner platz, directed by the incomparable Thomas Ostermeier, while in Berlin for one of my intensive...

Celebrating Ulrich Muhe: 1953 – 2007

by Brian Brooks (July 25, 2007) At the Toronto International Film Festival in September ’06, is the late actor Ulrich Muhe, star of “The Lives of Others” with the film’s director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and Sony Pictures Classics...

Strangeways Here We Come

Shane Meadows’s “This Is England” by Nick Pinkerton (July 23, 2007) It’s 1983, in the interminably gray council estates of the Midlands, and runty 12-year Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) is in a dire spot. His father won’t be coming back from the...