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…

All-Time Favorite Actresses, Vol. XV

Lauren Ambrose Ingrid Bergman Suzanne Clément  Jennifer Coolidge Marica Cross Embeth Davidz Anne Dorval Patty Duke Jennifer Grey Naomie Harris Jennifer Hudson Celia Imrie Celia Johnson Riley Keough Cloris Leachman Olivia Newton-John Sophie Okonedo Barbara Stanwyck Evan Rachel Wood Joanne Woodward xx JB

Oscars 2019 Reaction: A Tale of Two Queens

I love the Oscars. I really do. More than I should. More than is probably healthy. But by the time the ceremony actually airs, I am usually so exhausted, so fatigued by the ups and downs of award season that actually watching the it is not always as enjoyable or gratifying an experience as I…