Tag Archives: Hollywood

Monster U.’s oddball campus

Imprisoned in our own home, we decided (that is, Billy, 11, decided, with Mom’s backing) that we’d watch Monster University, a 2013 Disney animated prequel to 2001’s Monster Inc. by Pixar. Monster U. features six cute young frat monsters led … Continue reading

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Tenn. Tuxedo & P. Purebred

The image above of the Rhode Island State House (Charles Follen McKim, 1900), set against a classical metropolitan backdrop in its role as City Hall, is from the 2007 film Underdog. That year I wrote a column for the Providence … Continue reading

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Bedford Falls or Pottersville?

I saw George Bailey in Bedford Falls and Pottersville last night. You don’t see It’s a Wonderful Life on television as much as you used to. The film’s copyright lapsed for 20 years beginning in 1974. Last night I saw … Continue reading

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Cinematic paradise isles

Financial Times architecture critic Edwin Heathcote offers readers a delightful romp island hopping down the halls of film history. Not every island paradise is paradise island, as you shall see. My own fascination with the architecture of evil in celloid … Continue reading

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Past blast: Video homage to Penn Station

Tonight I watched a PBS “The American Experience” presentation on the rise and fall of Pennsylvania Station, which I will preview for Thursday’s column and which will broadcast to the public next Tuesday. To gin readers up for that, enter … Continue reading

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