As he rides off in his spiffy Aston Martin DB5, there’s a tacit suggestion that maybe we don’t need James Bond anymore. But I have an idea for the next 007 film, which might sound borrowed from Blofeld’s blueprints: they should kill off James Bond. …Read More
It’s a very big weekend at the movies, but on two different tracks: one of the surest bets of the fall will certainly dominate the box office, while two of the year’s best films open quietly in limited release, knocking out audiences and critics (this one, certainly) alike.
Spectre isn’t the best of these films, but it may well be the most thought-provoking, because there’s always something fascinating about art at war with itself. …Read More
James Bond is back and you’ll never believe this, but he’ll apparently be blowing things up, chasing down bad guys, and romancing ladies in his latest globe-trotting adventure, …Read More
After seeing The Public’s production of King Lear this summer, Ira Glass came to the incendiary conclusion that “Shakespeare sucks.” The comment riled many, for reasons that are largely obvious to anyone who understands the Bard’s place in the literary canon, but also because of the threat that such an influential public figure’s disapproval poses to an art form that’s already been noted to be “dying” at the slow pace of a stabbed Shakespearean character. Now, some would counter that theater’s adherence to the past is what’s dooming it in the first place, and that our reverence toward Shakespeare is the core of the problem. But Shakespeare has actually proven to be one of the most vital vessels for change in theater. Here are 45 productions that — through radical politics, outlandish visuals, and enormous Kevin Spacey heads, might change the way you (and Ira Glass) — view …Read More