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Calendar, Night&Day This Is Schadenfreude

This Is Schadenfreude

If you wish to unite a crowd, invoke exes. Everyone hates an ex, and poof, the crowd is united, in hatred. At the new Valentine's-themed comedy show Wegent and Page Draw the Line, "it's complicated," in the parlance of our…
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Film, Moolah for Mullahs

Moolah for Mullahs

Hell of a thing, getting Mike Nichols to adapt the yer-kiddin'-me story of Charlie Wilson, the congressman from Lufkin, Texas, who damned near single-handedly helped the Afghans kick out the Russians in the 1980s. Says right there on page 11…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish The Graduate: Legs to Spare

The Graduate: Legs to Spare

The Graduate: 40th Anniversary Edition (MGM) Fifteen years after its last home-video commemorative edition (extras from which appear here), The Graduate once more gets the bonus-laden makeover — and if ever a movie deserved its kudos, it's Mike Nichols' masterwork.…
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Film, <i>Closer </i>to Fine

Closer to Fine

Mike Nichols' new film Closer is a boiling pot of lust, mistrust, and double-dealing that might well be taken for outright soap opera -- or, in quite a few places, soft-core porn -- were it not for the sophisticated gleam…
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Film, You Can Prick Your Finger...

You Can Prick Your Finger...

Garry Shandling does not have a face for the big screen. He has a mug that seems to spread to the edges of the theater; it's like an approaching storm front, a sky full of billowing clouds roaring in from…
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The Amazing Disappearing Human

The Designated Mourner Directed by David Hare. Written by Wallace Shawn, from his play. Starring Mike Nichols, Miranda Richardson, and David de Keyser. Opens Friday, June 6, at the Embarcadero Center. In The Designated Mourner, three people sit and spill…
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The Graduate Directed by Mike Nichols. Screenplay by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham, from Charles Webb's novel. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Ross. At the Castro Feb. 14-27, and the UC Theater in Berkeley Feb. 21-27. The Graduate…
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