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Review: ‘Best of Enemies’ Recalls Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr.’s TV Battles

nytimes.com — In 1968, as the summer political-convention season approached, ABC News decided to take a gamble. The network seemed permanently stuck in third place, and its news division in particular suffered from the lack of a brand-name on-air authority figure to compete with Chet Huntley and David Brinkley at NBC or Walter Cronkite at CBS.

Review: From Israel, ‘The Kindergarten Teacher,’ a Drama About Poetry and Obsession

nytimes.com — Can a 5-year-old boy be a literary genius? And if so, how might his precocious gift be nurtured and protected? These are, on the surface, among the main questions posed by " The Kindergarten Teacher," a self-assured, remarkably powerful film from the Israeli writer-director Nadav Lapid.

Review: ‘The End of the Tour’ Offers a Tale of Two Davids

nytimes.com — "There's an unhappy paradox about literary biographies," David Foster Wallace observed in The New York Times Book Review in 2004, in reference to a life of the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. Readers who pick up such books, drawn by their admiration for a writer's work, are likely to find themselves distracted and disappointed by a welter of iffy theories and picayune data.
Jul 30, 2015

"End of the Tour," says @aoscott, is "an unsparing demolition of the contemporary mythology of the writer." nyti.ms/1OR0RuU

Jul 30, 2015

.@aoscott on the DFW film: "David Foster Wallace is not really its subject at all." nytimes.com/2015/07/31/mov…

Jul 30, 2015

An actually fun thing I would probably do again. nyti.ms/1JU4Anf

Jul 30, 2015

Yup. "A profile writer, esp. in company of another writer, is a false friend who dreams of being a secret sharer." nytimes.com/2015/07/31/mov…

Jul 30, 2015

After reading the @aoscott review of 'End of the Tour' I think I need to go get a ticket: ow.ly/QiEUd #davidfosterwallace

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Review: ‘Phoenix’ Shows Rebirth and a Ruse in Postwar Germany

nytimes.com — In Christian Petzold's new film, Phoenix is the name of a Berlin nightclub where Nelly Lenz goes searching for her husband, a piano player she calls Johnny. World War II has just ended, which suggests that " Phoenix," the title of this compact, haunting thriller, might have other, larger, metaphorical meanings as well.

Review: In ‘Southpaw,’ Jake Gyllenhaal Tries to Box His Way Back From Tragedy

nytimes.com — Connoisseurs of boxing sometimes wax eloquent on the nuances of the sport, but boxing movies tend to value impact over finesse. Few genres are so reliably and bluntly conventional. Primal stories - rise and fall, ruin and redemption, the love of a good woman - are punctuated by scenes of carefully choreographed pugilism.
Jul 24, 2015

@charey304 hopefully he won't do that but that plot development is in trailer and everywhere including NYT headline mobile.nytimes.com/2015/07/24/mov…

Review: For Ian McKellen’s ‘Mr. Holmes,’ Retirement Is Afoot

nytimes.com — " Mr. Holmes," a mild and minor bit of revisionist Sherlockiana, imagines the world's greatest detective in his dotage, retired to a picturesque rural spot on the English coast where he tends to bees and fading memories. It's 1947, and Holmes is in his 90s.

Review: ‘The Look of Silence’ Confronts Individuals and Ideology of Indonesian Massacre

nytimes.com — " The Look of Silence," a documentary directed by the American filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer and an anonymous Indonesian collaborator, is a painful, profoundly empathetic work of moral reckoning. Like its companion film, " The Act of Killing," released in 2013, it examines the mass killings that began in Indonesia in 1965, when at least a million people were slaughtered in the aftermath of a military coup.

Review: ‘Ant-Man,’ With Paul Rudd, Adds to a Superhero Infestation

nytimes.com — I wish I could assure you that no insects were harmed in the writing of this review, but that would be a lie. The ants who are regular summer visitors to my kitchen have lately been sending scouts into the study.
Jul 16, 2015

RT @nytimesarts: Review: ‘Ant-Man,’ With Paul Rudd, Adds to a Superhero Infestation nyti.ms/1CIVP1T

Jul 16, 2015

RT @nytimes: Review: ‘Ant-Man,’ With Paul Rudd, Adds to a Superhero Infestation nyti.ms/1DiAQxV

Jul 16, 2015

RT @nytimesarts: .@AOScott killed an ant while writing his "Ant-Man" review. nyti.ms/1M7xOE8

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At Comic-Con, Bring Out Your Fantasy and Fuel the Culture

nytimes.com — SAN DIEGO - A critic at Comic-Con International feels less like a fish out of water than like an excluded middleman. The local currency is not skepticism but enthusiasm, and though there is plenty of room in the cavernous halls of the convention center for disappointment and disagreement, irony is thoroughly banished.
Jul 15, 2015

RT @RichLeComte: "Comic-Con happened. @AOScott gives a critical assessment. nyti.ms/1Rxo36G pic.twitter.com/dkvGbyJtUF” I hope he cosplayed as Ebert.

Jul 15, 2015

My trip to Comic Con was a profound and meaningful experience, though not an altogether pleasant one. nyti.ms/1CDfIb7

Jul 15, 2015

Surely we can at least agree that @aoscott’s Galactus costume is superb. On Comic-Con: nyti.ms/1Rxo36G pic.twitter.com/mEpJpvbq6i

Jul 15, 2015

RT @aoscott: My trip to Comic Con was a profound and meaningful experience, though not an altogether pleasant one. nyti.ms/1CDfIb7

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At Comic-Con, It Feels Like the Year of the Woman

nytimes.com — SAN DIEGO - This year at Comic-Con International, the gathering of genre-geek tribes that takes over the convention center and surrounding neighborhoods here for four days every July, you could see a lot of Sadness, a few examples of Disgust, but, at least so far, no Joy.
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Jul 31, 2015

@RachelDonadio @samtanenhaus @PamelaPaulNYT I think you got the gist of it, re the nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

Jul 31, 2015

RT @Glenn__Kenny: Level of disagreement w/ pals' reviews of EOTT: @aoscott Not insubstantial, but I see where he's coming from @thehighsign 200 proof re Segel

Jul 31, 2015

@JoshRoiland I had the same thought, or at least found myself wondering if he would have.

Jul 31, 2015

@PamelaPaulNYT and another about a magazine editor fighting with a novelist.

Jul 31, 2015

RT @PamelaPaulNYT: You know it's the dead of summer when a movie about a poet and a movie about a novelist open the same weekend.

Jul 31, 2015

@emarty the fee is one thing, the expenses another. there my model is HST: 100 grapefruits, a Cadillac, a torched sofa, that kind of thing.

Jul 31, 2015

Curious coincidence that all 3 movies I reviewed this week had a literary angle.

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