Theater Preview, Spring 2019

I can say with a reasonable degree of certainty that January and February and, to a somewhat lesser degree, March, are my least favorite months in New York. It can be bitterly cold, a layer of dirty slush seems to coat the ground everywhere you go, and there is a kind of post-holiday, pre-Spring ennui…

All-Time Favorite Actresses, Vol. XIV

Kimberly J. Brown Sophia Bush Linda Cardellini Lizzy Caplan Kristin Chenoweth Emilia Clarke Kaitlyn Dever Michelle Dockery Cynthia Erivo Eva Green Melissa Joan Hart Dakota Johnson Lady Gaga Blake Lively Camryn Manheim Patricia Neal Norma Shearer Margaret Qualley Emily Watson Emma Watson xx JB

Crownless Queens: The Greatest Drag Race Snubs of All Time

I’ve been a fan of Drag Race for a while now. But the pain of being made to watch some of my favorite contestants prematurely sashay away hasn’t been dulled by time. If anything, it’s intensified. I suppose that’s an occupational hazard of loving reality competition television, which I have now for the vast majority…

Best Picture! / Best Picture…?

Because we are living in what D.H. Lawrence would surely deem a “tragic age,” in a world in which Bohemian motherfucking Rhapsody is a Best Picture nominee at the Academy Awards, and because making lists soothes me, I’m taking a jaunt through recent Best Picture history and selecting my thirty favorite BP nominees since 2000,…

Best of 2018, Vol. VI: Celebrity Crushes

One final end-of-year list to celebrate what a fine (in every sense of the word) year last year was. Twenty-five of the stars I swooned hardest over in 2018, plus a few I (quite shamefully) enjoyed more than I should have. Enjoy! 25. Matthew Macfadyen, Howard’s End / Succession 24. Jamie Dornan, Death and Nightingales…