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The Birdcage

I really do get excited about comedies that make my Must Watch list.

This is one that I’ve seen many times, but it’s been a few years since I’ve watched it all the way through. 220 more words

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Catching Up

I’ve been reading Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel Catch-22 again, for the first time in thirty years or so.   The story of Captain Yossarian and his fellow bomber crews in World War II Italy first attracted me as a young warbird enthusiast, but soon I understood how it had become a document of ongoing social significance.  698 more words


'The Graduate' Soundtrack Turns 50: How 'Mrs. Roosevelt' Became No. 1 Hit 'Mrs. Robinson'

After the soundtrack album for Mike Nichols’ comedy/drama “The Graduate” was released on Jan. 21, 1968, it quickly vaulted to No. 1 on the American LP charts, where it established itself as something distinctly new and different. 1,000 more words


Movies of 1988 Bracket Game: Die Hard Vs. Working Girl

Today’s match-up features two movies which slyly sent-up corporate culture in the 1980’s.  In Working Girl, Melanie Griffith played a put-upon secretary who finds that her hair style and tacky clothes have impaired her ability to break through the glass ceiling.  490 more words


From Nichols & May to Poehler & Fey, how improv became 'a great American art'

Improv Nation: How We Made a Great American Art
By Sam Wasson
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
464 pp; $40

If you take author Sam Wasson’s word for it, improvisational comedy can teach you everything you need to know about the world. 1,222 more words


Movies of 1988 Bracket Game: Working Girl Vs. The Accused

By and large, the movies of 1988 were pretty heavy on the testosterone.  The bracket game reflects the male-centric cinema of thirty years ago.  (Let’s not kid ourselves, things haven’t changed all that much.)  A few of the movies in our bracket game feature strong female characters, but there weren’t a lot of female protagonists to choose from.  565 more words


WORKING GIRL (1988): The Things I Liked...

Directed by Mike Nichols, Working Girl stars Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver. It’s a story about Tess McGill (Griffith), a secretary whose boss steals her big idea so she seizes the opportunity to take it back. 231 more words