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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