Category Archives: Film

Honoring the Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Fight for the things you care about, but in a way that will lead others to join you.”—Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was tiny. A determined young woman in a vibrant blue suit, head held high, briefcase in hand, clearly thrilled … Continue reading

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The Time Is Still Right for A Time for Burning

“Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.”–Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963. It’s hard for me to admit, but until recently, I never connected the dots between … Continue reading

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Remembering Comedy Legend Carl Reiner (1922-2020)

“It’s now 1:00 a.m., and I am going upstairs to my computer to tweet out my thought of the day, because I can. I have the freedom to do that because of people like you who are committed to protecting … Continue reading

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark Makes Chilling Debut on HBO

“I had a murder habit and it was bad.  I would feed it for the rest of my life.”–Michelle McNamara. I’ve had the privilege of interviewing and profiling many notable filmmakers and writers in my career, but none more fascinating … Continue reading

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Mae West: Dirty Blonde Takes Center Stage on PBS

“When I’m good, I’m very good. But when I’m bad, I’m better.”–Mae West. Mae West lived to be 87 or 88… her birth year seems to be a matter of debate.  For at least 80 of those years, she gave … Continue reading

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Sex, Lies and Butterflies Soars Again on PBS Nature

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”–Hans Christian Andersen. When was the last time you came face to face with an actual butterfly? I’m an avid gardener; and as the … Continue reading

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Ruffalo, Panjabi and O’Donnell Shine in HBO Literary Adaptation

“There has always been the tyranny of the word over the image: anything that’s written has got to be better. Most people feel it’s more genuine if you express yourself in words than pictures.” —Martin Scorsese. Works of literary fiction … Continue reading

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Fauci, Cuomo and Feel-Good Media Help Us Heal

“America is America because we overcome adversity and challenges. It is what makes us great.”—Governor Andrew Cuomo. Let’s face it. This may not be the most opportune time to catch up on documentaries and feature films about killer viruses, natural … Continue reading

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The Poison Squad Provides Food for Thought on American Experience

“One obsessive, determined person can change the world, and he did.” If you care about the purity of the food and beverages you consume, then grab a bottle of Pepto and keep it handy as you watch The Poison Squad, … Continue reading

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Very Ralph Makes Its Stylish Debut on HBO

“I hate fashion. But I had the eye.”—Ralph Lauren. During the Sixties, when most of us were sporting tie-dye shirts and hanging peace symbols around our necks, young Ralph Lifshitz from the Bronx yearned for wider ties and special cut … Continue reading

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