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Neil Simon, 1927–2018

The same day I wrote about John McCain, another giant passed away, but a very different one. Neil Simon, truly an icon of the theater, is dead at the age of 91. In the clip above, a Johnny Carson interview from 1980, Simon (in a tuxedo) talks about how he writes his plays, the struggle … Continue reading Neil Simon, 1927–2018

Ocean’s Thirteen

WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF GETTING EVEN? 13 TO ONE. When Reuben (Elliott Gould) suffers a heart attack after being conned by a billionaire (Al Pacino), Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his gang exact revenge. The third film is a slight improvement on the second, but here’s a funny thing that often happens when you’re … Continue reading Ocean’s Thirteen

The Majestic

SOMETIMES YOUR LIFE COMES INTO FOCUS ONE FRAME AT A TIME.  Washed-up Hollywood screenwriter Peter Appleton (Jim Carrey) leaves town, ends up in a car accident and is washed ashore in a small California hamlet where he’s mistaken for a young man who was thought to have died in WWII. A typical Frank Darabont picture; … Continue reading The Majestic

Ocean’s Twelve

TWELVE IS THE NEW ELEVEN. Director Steven Soderbergh and his buddies on another vacation; the excuse is a story where Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his fellow criminals are confronted by their nemesis (Andy Garcia) and then find themselves in Amsterdam performing another heist. By the time Julia Roberts’s character is goaded into assuming the … Continue reading Ocean’s Twelve

Ocean’s Eleven

ARE YOU IN OR OUT? Director Steven Soderbergh and his buddies obviously felt that the best way to spend a vacation would be remaking an old “Rat Pack” movie. This version, an improvement on the original, still carries the burden of a pretty tedious screenplay, but at least the filmmakers do their best to offset … Continue reading Ocean’s Eleven