"protective ice"

The kid has inherited my love of Albert Brooks's Mother. Mrs. henderson and her boy John don't exactly agree on what to put in the cart (or their stomachs) There is something a little casual and sit-commy about the film, which instead of being a detriment, actually seems to suit it ....more

lawrence block's pulp fiction: borderline

Lawrence Block is one of the country's best-known and successful mystery and crime novelists (8 Million Ways to Die, When the Sacred Ginmill Closes, The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart). He has created memorable characters like the hard-boiled detective Matthew Scudder and the charming burglar-turned-bookseller (and crime solver) Bernie Rhodenbarr. But many of his most ardent admirers may not know that Block started his writing career in the pulp field, frequently using pseudonyms to churn out stories mixing crime and sex ....more

nirvana's hall of fame

I caught part of the latest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on HBO recently and was really moved by the Nirvana performances. I loved how the band brought up some rocking' ladies on stage to play some of their songs with them. First up was Joan Jett, for "Smells Like Teen Spirit." L-R: Kim Gordon, Joan Jett, St ....more

grab a cup of tea, sit back, relax, and watch hetty wainthropp investigate

Patricia Routledge may be best known to American viewers for the ultimate social climber and all-around annoying neighbor, Hyacinth Bucket (that's pronounced "Bouquet") in the long-running (1990-95) British television comedy Keeping Up Appearances. But Routledge also created another memorable television character, Hetty Wainthropp, a housewife turned private detective, who solves crimes both big and small in northern England. The series used to air on PBS Mystery!, but now fans of the actress and the show can enjoy the entire series, in Acorn Media's release, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: The Complete Collection ....more

favorite song friday: shakira's "empire"

Shakira's new song "Empire" is a mish-mash — part ballad, part rock anthem, part I don't know what. And I love every moment of it. It's crazy and impossible not to crank up and try to yodel along to ....more

katharine hepburn: the making of the african queen

In the extremely engaging...more

goodnight, sweet prince oberyn

Spoilers, natch.Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones almost did it. It was the first time ever that I considered, albeit briefly, quitting the show. The brutal Red Wedding didn't affect me that way ....more

maleficent, angelina, magnificent

I was looking forward to Maleficent, as I know that Angelina shines when she connects with her dark side, and was sure her twist on Disney's best villain would be fun to watch. Not only does Maleficent work as a fun fairy tale for the kids, and an excellent showcase for Jolie's killer cheekbones, but it offers a feminist twist on the tale that fairy tale revisionists will love as well.Some spoilers ... Maleficent, in all her winged glory The story begins with a young faerie Maleficent, who lives in an enchanted forest called The Moors ....more

dan curtis' dracula

Just released on Blu-ray,...more

favorite song friday: who is this ed sheeran guy, anyway?

Ed Sheeran has been all over the charts in recent years, but it's highly possible that he is still an unfamiliar face to many. He has written hit songs for One Direction ("Moments," "Little Things") and dueted with Taylor Swift ("Everything Has Changed") and even seen his own songs do well ("The A Team," "Lego House"). But who is this ginger-haired, somewhat unassuming Brit? ...more