Éirinn go Brách

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I want to highlight a few of my favorite movies set in or about the Emerald Isle, which, as an Irish-American, has always held great allure for me, and which is one of my very favorite places in the world. It’s such a lush, enchanting island and has inspired…

2019: Early Bright Spots

Amid the doldrums of winter, it occurred to me today that 2019 has not yet yielded a single film I’ve really liked (in a non-ironic way). It’s not entirely surprising given the release timeline studios all seem to be adhering to these days, but still a bit disappointing. Fortunately, I’ve found satisfaction elsewhere. Here are…

Comedic Performances that Deserved Oscar Nominations, Vol. I

Amy Adams, “Enchanted” Lake Bell, “In A World” / “Man Up” / “Over Her Dead Body” Emily Blunt, “The Devil Wears Prada” / “Into the Woods” / “Mary Poppins” Eileen Brennan, “Clue” Sandra Bullock, “The Heat”/ “Miss Congeniality” / “The Proposal” Carol Burnett, “Annie” Rose Byrne, “Bridesmaids” / “Spy” Michael Caine, “Miss Congeniality” Jim Carrey,…

2019 (So Far) in Books

High among my list of New Year’s Resolutions for 2019 was to get back in touch with my love of reading, which in large part defined me as a child and teenager and through my college years. Books were my first window to the world, and I spent endless summer days and rainy afternoons devouring…

Free Man in Paris

“I deal in dreamersAnd telephone screamersLately I wonder what I do it forIf l had my wayI’d just walk out those doors and wanderDown the Champs ElyseesGoing cafe to cabaretThinking how I’ll feel when I findThat very good friend of mine.” I. I fell in love with Paris long before I’d ever been there. The…