Category Archives: Film

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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Buckle Up for Saudi Women’s Driving School on HBO

“I am used to sitting behind the driver in the back seat.”—Sarah Saleh. Sarah Saleh spent 10 years working the phones in the back office of a Saudi car dealership in the capital city of Riyadh. Now she’s posted out … Continue reading

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Who’s Your Daddy? Finding Your Roots Returns on PBS

“I’m feeling connected. These are my people.”—Mia Farrow. Mia Farrow, Angelica Huston and Isabella Rossellini share more than their chosen professions. They are the progeny of Hollywood royalty, and each lost one of their parents at a relatively young age. … Continue reading

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16 Hours of Ken Burns’ Country Music on PBS

“Oh, the storm and its fury broke today, crushing hopes that we cherish so dear. Clouds and storms will in time pass away. The sun again will shine bright and clear.”–from the Carter Family’s signature song, “Keep on the Sunny … Continue reading

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