Phil Silvers deserves more respect than posterity has awarded him. He should be ranked with the great comedians of the mid-20th century, at the top of the list with Groucho Marx and Lucille Ball. His lower profile resulted from lack of starring roles in memorable movies, or spotty syndication of his signal accomplishment, which occurred in television rather than on film. Perhaps the release of hi...
Until the arrival of Gone Girl: Soundtrack from the Motion Picture, I had no memory of the music from the film. And that, arguably, is a good thing. A school of thought could be erected around the idea that soundtrack music should be felt and not heard—providing subtle emotional support without showing off or intruding on the story. The Gone Girl music was composed by Trent “Nin...
Ry Cooder is a virtuoso, a stellar guitarist, master of many stringed instruments and enthusiastic ethnomusicologist. In the ‘60s he recorded with Captain Beefheart, Taj Mahal and The Rolling Stones, and in the ‘70s began issuing a long string of solo albums. In the ‘80s he became a prolific soundtrack artist. In 1985 and ’86, he recorded soundtracks for no less than four films. Those four...
Simon and Jack Kirby were outstanding figures from comic books’ “golden age”—the
era that stamped Superman, Batman and other caped superheroes onto the world’s
imagination. Simon and Kirby are remembered as the creators of Captain America,
but as shown in The Art of the
The framers of our Constitution established three branches
of government but left the details of checks and balances to the future. As
chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Marshall set the precedent for
the judiciary’s authority to rule on the constitutionality of laws. In his