Good, Bad, and Ugly

Where’s the book?

April 22, 2009

Letters show Mussolini’s daughter love for Communist

Written in French, English and Italian, the secret correspondence has inspired a new book: “Edda Ciano and the Communist. The unspeakable passion of the Duce’s Daughter.”

The wrong guy…

April 20, 2009

Your article about Yusuf Islam has a picture of Sami Yusuf attached to it. I guess all Muslims must look the same to you.

Gatsby was no Gekko

February 26, 2009

Wall Street’s allure may be gone for good

And Wall Streeters have long played leading roles in the popular imagination in the form of anti-heroes like Sherman McCoy (“Bonfire of the Vanities”), Gordon (“Greed Is Good”) Gekko (“Wall Street”) and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby.

Not humorous…

February 25, 2009

“On a more poignant note, Heath Ledger won a post humorous best supporting actor Oscar…”

The wrong song…

Who makes the Obamas dance? Stevie Wonder!

Who makes the Obamas dance? Stevie Wonder! They also sang with Beyonce as she performed “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”

Wrong kind of gang

Eastwood wins box office race with ‘Gran Torino’

The suburban drama, in which Eastwood plays a grumpy old man who takes on Latino gang members “Dirty Harry”-style, earned an estimated $29 million in the three days since it opened nationally on Friday, distributor Warner Bros. Pictures said.

Basterdized spelling?

August date for Quentin Tarantino World War II movie

The director’s oddly spelled World War II epic “Inglourious Basterds” stars actor Brad Pitt, and production began in Europe in October.

An All-American Cruise

“Valkyrie” challenges fans to rethink Tom Cruise

Cruise, of course, enjoys All-American looks that helped send him to movie stardom playing heroic young men such as Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in 1986 movie Top Gun. As of late, he’s been on a mea culpa tour to explain his odd behavior in recent years and to regain his good-guy image with fans.

Going back to the Lab

‘Marley & Me’ top dog at busy Christmas box office

“Marley & Me” sold an estimated $37 million worth of tickets during the traditional three-day weekend beginning on Friday, distributor 20th Century Fox said on Sunday. Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson star in the adaptation of a bestseller about a couple and their golden retriever.

On the wrong track…

An appreciation of some underrated movies

Then there are the cases of those sequences that proved fun even if the movies that surrounded them were problematic. Early in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” for example, Harrison Ford’s Indy stumbled into a weirdly perfect 1950s track home only to discover that it is the target in a nuclear testing site.