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Film, "To Rome, with Love": Woody Allen Maintains His Status Quo

"To Rome, with Love": Woody Allen Maintains His Status Quo

In Woody Allen's new film, To Rome with Love, people — like, really young people — still talk, improbably, about "neuroses." Horny, middle-age businessmen actually stand around the water cooler and ogle the hot secretary, as in the Playboy cartoons…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ashton Kutcher, I Have Something Else for Your Mouth

Ashton Kutcher, I Have Something Else for Your Mouth

I remember the first time I saw Brent Weinbach on stage. He was a new (at least to me) comedian. And it was at the Punch Line in San Francisco. It was a Sunday night, and I was supposed…
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Calendar, Night&Day It’s an Honor Just to Be Aggravated

It’s an Honor Just to Be Aggravated

It seems like only last March that Hollywood was holding its annual celebration of how great it is for the 81st time. Yes, it's that time of year again, and people are making wild speculations. Will The Young Victoria triumph…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fresh Lyme

Fresh Lyme

There’s nothing new under the suburban sun (save for infectious ticks) in Derick Martini’s Lymelife, whose weighty allegorical title and fastidious 1970s accoutrements aim to do for beer-and-pretzels Long Island what Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm did for tony, key-party…
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Calendar, Night&Day Why Him?

Why Him?

People who read the recent New Yorker profile of Alec Baldwin, which essentially outlined the actor's persecution complex, seemed to have one of two reactions. Some dismissed it with something along the lines of, "Christ! What an asshole!" Others, however,…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Burning the Yule Log

Burning the Yule Log

The Junky's Christmas (Koch) They just aren't cranking out claymation Christmas specials like they used to, which makes this a welcome one. Nicer still, it's got heroin! A mixture of stop motion with a little puppetry and live-action shots of…
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Film, Backhanded Slapstick

Backhanded Slapstick

The Jerry Lewis chromosome is running amok again inside Jim Carrey, and if you don't feel like getting clubbed half to death with a slapstick, stay away from Fun With Dick and Jane. On the other hand, if Carrey's tireless…
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Film, U.S.A.-holes

U.S.A.-holes

A parody of Gerry Anderson marionette shows (like Thunderbirds and Joe 90), Jerry Bruckheimer action movies, and the '80s cartoon/toy line M.A.S.K. , Team America: World Police boils all those ingredients down to their essences, starting with the theme song…
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Film, Lucky in Love

Lucky in Love

William H. Macy's plain-vanilla features and hangdog screen demeanor have served him well. Who could resist him as the clueless car dealer hatching the disastrous kidnapping plot in Fargo, or as the distraught husband of a frisky porn star in…
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Dining, Eat

Oriental to Occidental

Orocco styles itself as an "East-West supper club," but when I made a reservation recently I was in denial about the supper-club part. The supper clubs of my youth were dark roadside joints filled with prime rib and cocktails and…
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