Behind the good looks (People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2006) and roles in some pretty fluffy films, George Clooney has proven himself to be an actor of skill and substance (Syriana, Up in the Air, The Descendants). His work in Good Night and Good Luck demonstrates that he also has some pretty fine chops as a director.
The West Wing was praised for its realistic depiction of the White House nerve centre, thanks to writers and consultants like former press secretary Dee Dee Myers and former White House aide Eli Attie, and to the show’s oversized and expensive set. … Read more →
After a lifetime of barking in futility up the tree of success, Ross Lonergan reflects on who we are and who we are not.
Throughout her career, Meryl Streep has found a way to fully inhabit every character she portrays so that who we see in the film is not Streep but the “quirky little universe” she has created.
After seeing Shanley’s play, many people wanted him to reveal whether Father Flynn was guilty of what Sister Aloysius was accusing him. Audience members would come out at the end of the performance with wildly opposing opinions, like “Well, he is obviously guilty” or “Come on, there is no way he is guilty. The nun is just jealous of his power.” While he knew the answer to the question, Shanley only ever told the actors playing Father Flynn whether or not their character was guilty.
Did Jesus fight? Of course he did. Did he criticize? Without question. In fact, he directed his anger and his scorn at the very behaviour that so characterizes religious life today. But the purpose of his ministry was not to condemn the thinking or the behaviour or the character of those with whom he disagreed; Jesus did not devote his energy to preserving a tradition of orthodoxy or promoting a cause in which his ego was deeply invested. His mission was much simpler but at the same time far more challenging; it was embodied in the new commandment he issued to his apostles: “Love one another as I have loved you.”