Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged or James Joyce’s Ulysses?

A classic from The New Romanticist published over a decade ago.

Star Wars Fans Have Much To Rejoice Over Ron Howard’s Han Solo Movie

Unlike the abysmal The Last Jedi movie, Solo Emphasizes Story Telling Over Lefty Propaganda and Special Effects

Frank Lloyd Wright and The Fountainhead: The Full Story

To what extent (if any) was Ayn Rand’s Howard Roark really Frank Lloyd Wright? The parallels between her fictional hero and an actual architect have, over time, been exaggerated, denied and distorted. This talk by Professor Shoshana Milgram, drawing on Wright’s...

Falling in Love with Poetry, Part 2

With a symphonic integration of all the resources of language, great love poets take the most elusive nuances, thrills, mysteries, and motifs of love and throw them into sharp relief.

‘Skyscraper’ Rises to the Occasion

Two plot points serve as bookends for the plot and theme of writer and director Rawson Marshall Thurber's Skyscraper. They're mercifully on time and surprisingly simple yet effective. I wish the movie's gratitude theme was layered with more complexity. But this...

Streisand’s ‘A Star is Born’ (1976) Falters

The second remake of William Wellman's historic A Star is Born (1937) suffers from the same or similar problems as the Fifties' Judy Garland vehicle. Going with the same iconic title as the original and the 1954 film, the 1976 version also puts spectacle over...

Judy Garland Dominates ‘A Star is Born’ (1954)

Hollywood's first remake of William Wellman's searing 1937 tragedy, A Star is Born, neither enhances nor detracts from the original. Director George Cukor, working from Moss Hart's screenplay (based upon the original script), mixes music into the story, which remains...

Man Shapes Life on Earth in ‘Heaven Can Wait’ (1978)

This year marks 40 years since Paramount Pictures debuted its other big box office hit in 1978. Heaven Can Wait, not to be confused with the delightful Ernst Lubitsch comedy with the same title, was released within weeks of Paramount's popular musical Grease. The...

‘The Incredibles 2’ Satisfies

With the same voice cast and writer and director, Brad Bird, as the 2004 original, this Pixar sequel, which is being released 14 years after its animated characters debuted, offers more of the same. By my estimate, and I enjoyed The Incredibles with qualifications,...