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4 items from 2014

God's Pocket, film review: Philip Seymour Hoffman shines on the dark side of town

7 August 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

There is a long tradition of hard-drinking American newspaper columnists who write about big city street life in a romantic and comic way. From Damon Runyon to Jimmy Breslin, these writers are fascinated by violence, criminality, gambling, infidelity and family strife. They see the humour and pathos in stories that, in their basic details, are often sordid or banal. They also relish the eccentricities of types others regard as thugs, slobs and deadbeats. »

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Conversation with Kelly Reilly about Calvary

25 July 2014 11:40 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Calvary director/writer John Michael McDonagh with Kelly Reilly at the Explorers Club: "Well, in Ireland, 'dirty little whore', it's almost like endearing."

John Michael McDonagh's Calvary stars Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Chris O'Dowd, Isaach De Bankolé, Domhnall Gleeson, Dylan Moran with The Diving Bell And The Butterfly's Marie-Josée Croze, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, M Emmet Walsh and David Wilmot. Fox Searchlight Pictures celebrated with a luncheon at the Explorers Club in New York with guests including Jimmy Breslin, Dana Delany, Jodi Applegate, Annette Insdorf, Eugene Hernandez, Joyce Carol Oates and Charles Gross.

I spoke with Kelly Reilly and what started out with Monica Vitti in Michelangelo Antonioni's Red Desert and Tippi Hedren's style in Hitchcock's The Birds, quickly turned to themes of forgiveness which brought us to develop a quick theory of a Holy Female Trinity holding Calvary together, before lunch was served.

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God’S Pocket – The Review

15 May 2014 5:42 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Just a week after the release of a feature film directed by a prominent actor, I’m speaking of Fading Gigolo by John Tuturro, comes another one helmed by an actor. But this is his feature film debut, oh, and he’s not in front of the camera (but Tuturro is, the busy guy!). God’S Pocket is helmed by John Slattery who has attained TV immortality as indulgent “bad boy” Roger Sterling on AMC’s “Mad Men”, where he cut his film making teeth calling the shots on five episodes. With this feature he’s back doing a period piece (his TV show is set from 1960-69, while this film appears to be from the late 70′s early 80′s…no cell phones or computers and everybody drives a big ‘gas-guzzler’), but the characters are laborers and petty thieves, not ad execs. Same general  East Coast area though. The film »

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'Law & Order: Svu' - 'Criminal Stories': Alec Baldwin nails it in Mariska Hargitay's directorial debut

19 March 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

That Alec Baldwin can play a cocky, know-it-all New Yorker should not be a surprise. 

That he can do so as a newspaper columnist with an innate sense of decency and play him quietly -- against type -- is.

In "Criminal Stories," Wednesday's (March 19) episode of "Law & Order: Svu," Mariska Hargitay makes her directorial debut and the episode is flawless. Baldwin is Jimmy MacArthur of the New York Ledger and is modeled after great tabloid columnists like Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin and Mike McAlary.

Mac visits the squad room to do a profile of Benson (Hargitay). She is not pleased and becomes even less so when she learns that 1 Police Plaza has given him full clearance. He can go on ridealongs and into meetings and isn't to be shut out of anything.

Though she puts him off, Mac is persistent and they finally meet for a late dinner. 

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