News Too Good to be True

And now for the good news you’re paying for… The Pentagon is letting a bid for $20 million to hire a public relations firm to help it improve the coverage of our performance in the Iraq War. For some reason, they don’t seem to like what the independent press has been saying about what’s going […]

Basking in the sunset

Today’s the last day of August, for heaven’s sake… Never before has it been more urgent to catch an outdoor show! Try the last installment of Patio Nights at the Minnesota Museum of Art–with the Belles of Skin City and, again (a favorite), Desdemona.

Why Not Fly For One Night?

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India, 2005. Written and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, music by Padmashree A. R. Rahman, lyrics by Padmashree Javed Akhtar. Featuring the incredible talents of Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, and Rajesh Vivek (and a cast of literally thousands); and also starring the mediocre, scene-chewing likes of Brits Rachel Shelley & […]

Kitchen Legend

There are certain fights I have with The Hub that won’t go away: milk vs. water in the scrambled eggs, searing meat does/does not seal in the juices, etc. Just because someone went to chef school, doesn’t mean he’s the universal God of kitchen knowledge. Besides, the majority of a cook’s education comes from the […]

Army of Shadows

A few folks from around here made it out to see Army of Shadows at the Edina Cinema last night–this being Jean-Pierre Melville’s rarely seen 1969 film about the French resistance during WWII, both inspired by Melville’s own wartime experiences and the book Belle de Jour by Joseph Kessel. Anthony Lane, the notoriously cranky but […]

Life During Wartime

L’Armee des Ombres, 1969 (Army of Shadows). Written and directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Starring Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and the magnificent Simone Signoret. Now showing at the Edina Cinema. With perhaps as much mystery as the Maquis fighters it showcases, Army of Shadows has snuck into town with little fanfare, spending its week […]

History Lessons

Never mind Osama, here’s Neville When I was in eighth grade, there was a question on my American History final exam that read, “Who was the person most responsible for starting World War II?” The answer the teacher was looking for was, of course, Adolf Hitler. I wrote Neville Chamberlain. If Don Rumsfeld had been […]

Conversations Real and Imagined: Rain Downriver

The Magnificent Ambersons, 1942. Directed by Orson Welles, written by Welles (and fully credited to him), with additional dialogue by fellow legerdemain Jack Moss and pal Joseph Cotten. Starring Tim Holt, Anne Baxter, Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, the incredible Agnes Moorehead, Richard Bennett, and narrated by Welles. Available on DVD exclusively at Cinema Revolution. In […]

The Wagon Wheel

Again, there’s not a lot of interesting stuff going on today. I guess we’re in a pre-holiday “slumber” (or something). Sigh… The State Fair’s still happening but, pfft!, that’s not much of a secret. The Twins are playing. Plenty o’ shows to see at the all-new Guthrie. And speaking of which, Jeffrey Hatcher, who penned […]

Butterflies Walk

I’ve had one too many fucking nickels pulled out of my ear, the younger of the two men said. He was sitting on the floor, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, pajama bottoms, and badly worn bedroom slippers. He had declined the offer of a seat on the sofa, choosing instead to slump down against the wall […]