The electric charge of Mike Nichols’ 1966 film adaptation of Edward Albee’s play WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? is generated by its deceptive simplicity. Following a university faculty party, a boozy middle-aged husband and wife, George and Martha, played by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, entertain a young couple new on campus. That’s it,…

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  This happens all the time. You’re driving in your car listening to the radio when you hear about some terrifying fate that‘s befallen one of your fellow man and you find that you have no emotional reaction whatsoever. The newswoman can be describing just about anything, so long as it’s not too close to…

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(originally heard on The Cutting Room Movie Podcast) The system was broken. Of that much I was certain as I stared out the window watching Mr. Hendl’s class taking to the blacktop outside to play an afternoon game of kickball. It was sometime in the mid-eighties. I was something like eleven years old. And Mr. Wall,…

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(as originally heard here on The Cutting Room Movie Podcast) Don’t ask what end the gods have given me or you… How much better it is to endure whatever will be! … Be wise, be truthful, strain the wine, and scale back your long hopes to a short period. While we speak, envious time will…

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(This article was first published in Moving Pictures Magazine August 2008. See the article as published here.)   His films have inspired three generations of independent filmmakers, he’s obliterated every film convention ever conceived, and he once punched a producer in the nose for screwing with his film about the Stones. Critic, filmmaker, and philosopher-rebel…

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