October 10, 2013 |
A spirited, empathetic attempt to turn a legacy of educational shame into a call for understanding and action, Harvey Hubbell V's documentary, "Dislecksia: The Movie," has a necessary charge to it, but also a distractingly goofy side. If you only think of dyslexia as the "rearranging letters" condition - like some quirky trait - Hubbell, himself dyslexic, is quick to communicate how debilitating a reading disability can be to a child who isn't progressing at the rate of his or her peers and who isn't given the tools to manage it. "They gave me a diploma," Hubbell says at one point about his own fraught experiences growing up, "but they didn't give me the skills to fill out a job application.
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July 25, 2013 |
The nurse who gave Michael Jackson anesthesia during medical procedures spanning a decade testified Thursday that he pulled the plug on one because of the star's "inappropriate" behavior. David Fournier, a certified nurse anesthetist who first worked with Jackson in 1993, said the singer was scheduled to receive some "facial work" in 2003 when Fournier canceled the procedure. Everything was ready to go, he said, when Jackson arrived acting "a little goofy, a little slow to respond.
May 30, 2013 |
Midway through the fourth season of "Justified," an out-of-town hoodlum tells Kentucky drug kingpin Boyd Crowder, "I love how you talk, using 40 words where four will do. " The thug makes a point. Boyd, played by Walton Goggins, may well be the most loquacious psychopath in prime time. Set in rural Kentucky, FX's series includes enough gunplay to satisfy crime-genre fans, but it's the killer dialogue that steals this show. "Justified" cast members have made the most of it with performances that have so far reaped five Emmy acting nominations and two wins.
May 11, 2013 |
Christopher Guest, the director of "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind," has made a TV series for HBO. The eight-episode "Family Tree," which premieres Sunday, is his first work in seven years, and like his films it is sweet and funny and not a little melancholy. Guest gives the world a quarter-twist toward the ridiculous, without losing sight of the human dreams and strivings, obsessions and accommodations that are his main and constant subject. The new series, which opens in England before moving in its second half to America, stars Chris O'Dowd, an Irish comic actor who has been insinuating himself little by little into the American consciousness; he was in "Bridesmaids" and "This Is 40" and had a recurring role in the first season of "Girls," and many will know him as the star of the British sitcom "The IT Crowd.
April 4, 2013 |
Among the household items put to unintended use in the new film "Evil Dead," a playfully reverent if not-overly-so remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 cult favorite horror movie, are a nail gun, an electric knife, a jerry-rigged defibrillator, and, in an obvious nod to the original, a chain saw. The feature debut of Uruguayan director Fede Alvarez, discovered via a short on YouTube, "Evil Dead" has a gleeful exuberance of its own analogous to the mad invention...
March 4, 2013 |
Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving is named after the avant-garde composer Philip Glass' pre-fame moving company, and that's a pretty good metaphor for the band's sound: high-minded musicians doing some dumb, brawny lifting. The band's self-titled debut comes after a gentler acoustic solo album and what appears to be a long hiatus for Sonic Youth (Moore is separating from his wife and band co-founder Kim Gordon). So it makes sense that his next move is this low-stakes, punky project whose album sounds like it was written in an afternoon - in both good and bad ways.