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12.29.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Everybody loves year-end top 10 lists except me�at least when it comes time to reflect on the year in movies just ended. It�s a frustrating task. The majority of films reviewed in the New York Times will never reach Milwaukee cinemas and the number of non-Hollywood movies shown on local screens declined in 2008 from past years. Also, two Oscar contenders won�t open here until January: Revolution...
11.24.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
I may have been alone among film critics in calling Quantum of Solace the best Bond ever, but millions of moviegoers were willing to meet my opinion at least half way. Quantum of Solace scored the biggest opening weekend ever for 007. And the juggernaut continues. Nudged out of first place this past weekend by Twilight, Bond came in at number two, holding back a pair of pedestrian animated movie...
09.03.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
It isn�t true that David Kepesh cares for nothing but himself. As a literature professor at a prestigious New York university and a respected public intellectual, Kepesh cares about books, music and art, probably for the pleasure he derives from them rather than any value they may have of themselves. He cares for women, has cared for many of them, and for the same reason he loves the arts. They ...
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

From the Matrix to the playpen

I was born a year too soon for the “Speed Racer” television show. Other than overhearing the irritatingly insistent theme song, I was never exposed to it. “Speed Racer” was kid stuff—a show for fourth graders when I was ready for grade five. Those are the years when minute age differences can make all the difference in the world.
Thursday, April 10, 2008

All brains, no heart

Smart People is about what can happen when the mind is divorced from the heart and spirit. It is also a droll peek into the dreary environs of academia, where the pursuit of knowledge has stumbled onto the treadmill of careerism. It stars Dennis Quaid as Lawrence Wetherhold, an English professor trudging grimly across Carnegie Mellon, face twisted and frozen into an expression of contempt for his colleagues and students. His colleagues, exactly the sort of twits infesting many universities, are probably even poorer souls than Lawrence.