31 December 2014

RIP Edward Herrmann

RIP Edward Herrmann The kind of character actor I always kept an eye out for. So great in Lost Boys & Cat's Meow & Richie Rich & Overboard &

30 December 2014

Earthquake?!

Woah! Either that was an #earthquake or me jumping in frustration after the last #Serial episode...

29 December 2014

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus Gods and Kings: Even ho-hum Ridley is better than most other people's best. Joel smolders well. Bale kicks a** as Moses, literally!

28 December 2014

Steelers Win AFC North 2014

Congrats to #Steelers on winning #AFCNorth...I never doubted it! ;-) Hopefully true #MVP #LeVeon is okay. PS. #Rodgers is not #WillisReed

27 December 2014

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game: Fine craftsmanship in full Oscar-baiting display. Ben's great as Holmes, er Turing, Matt is, um good, kid Alex is great.

26 December 2014

The [REDACTED]

The [REDACTED]:  Great fun! [REDACTED] is now a triple threat (actor/writer/director) but [REDACTED] steals the movie! #DragonDog #Firework

25 December 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies: Awesome, reviews be d*med! Loved Tim, Dracula, Kate, Magneto. #OneLastTime - Peter you promise?!

Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays 2014

TBH's fave #TheNational meet my fave #BobsBurgers for a happy family #Xmas. #MerryChristmas...I mean #HappyHolidays http://t.co/JSra6LkZwh

24 December 2014

Top Five...

Top Five: Uproarious fun! Great cast (& cameos) esp Union & Dawson. Rock completely hits it out of the park as director & actor.

22 December 2014

Peyton Manning Loses to Bengals

I know for #Steelers it comes down to next week, but #Peyton pulling a #Manning-being-Manning just sent #Brady & #Patriots to #SuperBowl :-(

RIP Joe Cocker

RIP Joe Cocker. Introduced to his music thanks to my father. What a great voice.

21 December 2014

Steelers Make Playoffs

Great win by #Steelers (and #Panthers and #Texans ;-) What was that I said about the season being over?! Here's hoping the #Broncos win.

20 December 2014

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice: Profound...ly weird. Somewhere in between the great Brolin, Short & DP Elswit I kept wishing the Coen Bros had directed it.

India Lose Second Test to Australia

Even though #India is down 0-2, they're fighting to the end. @mitchjohnson398 in destroyer-of-worlds form is terrifying. #AusvInd

Tweet from Alison Book

@PratikBasu so lucky! Saw her in Driving miss daisy last year in Brisbane.. #Australia .. Just marvelous..

19 December 2014

Broken Horses Teaser Trailer

#BrokenHorses teaser is out! #VidhuVinodChopra's Hollywood debut. #JamesCameron calls it an artistic triumph! http://t.co/vas98GSkk7

18 December 2014

PK

#PK: Bold step forward for Bollywood! Aamir is good (as always), but Anushka is the surprise here. Hirani & Joshi have the right number ;-)

17 December 2014

Blithe Spirit

#BlitheSpirit: Dream come true to see the legendary #Angela #Lansbury live! She completely lights up the stage in Coward's classic. @CTGLA

16 December 2014

Thierry Henry Retires

You Know You're Too Old When: #Thierry #Henry retires. Great player. Class act. Sad I only ever got to see him live in an exhibition match.

15 December 2014

Knight of Cups Trailer

I know we're all a little #TerrenceMalick-ed out, but the #KnightOfCups trailer is pretty kick-a**!! http://t.co/MEEnNMImd8

14 December 2014

Steelers Beat Falcons 2014

Whew! #Steelers (finally) beat a losing team! Solid performance on the road against hapless #Falcons. C'mon people, #LeVeon #Bell for #MVP!

13 December 2014

India Loses to Australia Test 1 2014-15

#Kohli era begins with a loss but ornery, fight-to-the-bitter-end, future-looks-bright loss. Ironic that #India lost to a spinner. #AusvInd

11 December 2014

Matt Kemp & Dee Gordon Traded From the Dodgers

First #DeeGordon and now #MattKemp?! TBH is one devastated #Dodgers fan. Those new front-office geniuses know something we don't...I hope!

09 December 2014

Liverpool Out of Champions League

#Liverpool lost season gets worse with #Basel draw. At least #Gerrard scored that great goal & I'm guessing #Federer is stoked. #LFC

08 December 2014

Foxcatcher

#Foxcatcher: Extremely creepy. Crafted with chilly precision by Miller. Great acting by Carell, Ruffalo & especially Tatum. Kid can act!

07 December 2014

Landon Donovan Retires

You Know You're Too Old When: #Landon #Donovan retires (a champion - thanks #RobbieKeane!) Met LD when he was young. Super nice/shy.

Steelers Beat Bengals in Cincinnati

Thank G*d for #LeVeon! Fantastic win for the #Steelers. I know the media has already anointed #Rodgers as #MVP, but #Bell deserves it!

Urban Meyer and Nick Saban Make College Football Playoffs

Definitive proof that #karma doesn't exist: Professional cut-and-run artists #UrbanMeyer & #NickSatan, sorry #NickSaban, both make #CFP.

06 December 2014

RIP Arthur Leipzig

RIP Arthur Leipzig. Great humanist photographer. Discovered his work tucked away in a corner at LACMA. Beautiful.

05 December 2014

Sehwag, Yuvraj, Zaheer, Gambhir, Harbhajan Dropped

You Know You're Too Old When: #Sehwag, #Yuvraj, #Zaheer, #Gambhir, #Harbhajan dropped from #India's #WorldCup team. End of quite an era!

02 December 2014

Bhopal Gas Tragedy 30-Year Anniversary

Powerful reminder of the many lives affected by the #Bhopal Gas Tragedy 30 years ago via @indianexpress http://t.co/aZLMi5IHyX

01 December 2014

RIP Bob Baker

RIP Bob Baker. TBH got to see him perform (lucky girl). Hopefully, they manage to keep the marionette theater going. #BobBaker

30 November 2014

Awful Loss for Steelers Against Saints

Aargh! Another back-breaking play-down-to-the-competition loss by #Steelers. Bad #BigBen. Just who in G*d's name is Kenny bl**dy #Stills?!

29 November 2014

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1: Tweenage YA love is so hard these days, what with that dull grey-blue palette & revolution. Fun though.

28 November 2014

Cricket World Cup 1983 Article

Brings back a lot of memories...& reminder of how old I am! @cricketwallah reminiscing about India's 83 WC triumph http://t.co/zKzxduKBfj

RIP PD James

RIP PD James. Great writer. Always loved reading her books. Children of Men - all-time great movie, even better book.

27 November 2014

RIP Phillip Hughes

RIP Phillip Hughes. What a sad tragic end to a young life. . What a sad tragic end to a young life.

23 November 2014

Odell Beckham Jr Insane TD Catch

OMBG! #Odell! What an insane catch! This kid is unbelievable! #Beckham #Giants #SNF

Federer Wins Davis Cup for Switzerland!

Never underestimate the heart of a #GOAT! #Federer on redemption song in #DavisCup! #Stanimal deserves credit helping to complete Fed legacy

22 November 2014

Federer/Wawrinka Beat France in Doubles Davis Cup Finals 2014

Great #DavisCup/career-saving win by #Federer, who really had #Stanimal to thank for it! Looks like their contretemps is a thing of the past

21 November 2014

Nightcrawler

#Nightcrawler: Fantastic! Russo is great, Gyllenhaal in top gonzo Donnie Darko form. DP Elswit does Mann-level work. Cynical, seedy, yeah!

Federer Loses to Monfils Davis Cup Finals 2014

I'm always happy when #LaMonf does well, but sad to see #Federer limp to the finish of his lifelong #DavisCup dream. All up to #Stanimal now

20 November 2014

RIP Mike Nichols

RIP Mike Nichols. All-time great. Mind-boggling body of work. That Virginia Woolf-Graduate 1-2 punch was the greatest start to any career.

19 November 2014

LeBron Loses to Spurs Again

#Sigh...new year, new team, same loss to the #Spurs for #LeBron. This interminable #NBA season is gonna be a long, sad one.

17 November 2014

Steelers Beat Titans on MNF

Whew! It wasn't pretty but #Steelers ended that strange skid against rubbish teams. Thank G*d for young #LeVeon #Bell. Bl**dy tough running!

16 November 2014

John Wick

John Wick: Cinematic kick up ye olde rear end! Welcome relief from Oscar-season earnestness Keanu's primed for a Taken-style career recharge

Federer Gives Walkover to Djokovic ATP World Tour Finals 2014

Sad end to #ATPFinals with #Federer walkover. Hope he recovers for #DavisCup. Congrats to #Djokovic & #BryanBros for well-deserved titles.

15 November 2014

Federer Squeaks By Wawrinka ATP World Tour Finals 2014

Miraculous escape for #Federer vs #Stanimal! Hopefully, #Wawrinka saved something for the #DavisCup final! #ATPFinals

RIP Glen A. Larson

RIP Glen A. Larson. Spent my entire childhood plopped in front of the TV watching his shows. What a career!

14 November 2014

Human Capital

Human Capital: Slick murder-mystery/stinging social critique. Expertly crafted by Virzi. Great perfs by Tedeschi & esp debutante Gioli!

13 November 2014

Kershaw & Trout Win MVP

Congrats #Clayton #Kershaw, our #MVP! 2015 is gonna be awesome for #Dodgers! PS. Congrats #Trout even if #Angels & their fans are irritating

Federer Thrashes Murray ATP Finals 2014

As much as I love #Federer even I didn't see this #Murray wood-shedding coming! Great bl**dy win...but #Nole's in ominous form. #ATPFinals

12 November 2014

The Homesman

The Homesman: Unexpectedly quirky. Lovely work by DP Prieto & composer Beltrami. Swank is awesome & reminds us she's a 2-time Oscar winner.

Clayton Kershaw Wins Third Cy Young

Congrats #Clayton #Kershaw on winning his third #CyYoung at age 26! Kid's already a #HOF-er, post-season be d*mned! ;-) #Dodgers

10 November 2014

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything: Better than expected. Marsh does well. Jones is (surprisingly?!) great, Redmayne is absolutely extraordinary!

09 November 2014

Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner: Another Leigh cinematic gem. Unflinching but large-hearted. Lovely perfs from Atkinson & Bailey...& insanely amazing Spall! Wow!

Celeb Sighting: Peter Bogdanovich

2nd-Greatest Celeb Sighting, Ever!: Peter Bogdanovich. I resisted the urge to tell him I thought he was William Friedkin! ;-)

Federer Beats Raonic ATP World Tour Finals 2014

The Quest for No. 1 stays alive for #Federer (#GOAT) with a great win over young #Raonic. A lot of tennis still left, though.

Browns In First Place AFC North

Wait, wait, wait, hang on a sec. I was wrong...the #Browns(?!) are in first place?! What?! Guess that sews up #Pettine as Coach of the Year.

Steelers Lose to Jets

Brutal come-back-down-to-Earth loss for the #Steelers. They made #Vick look real good. Wait, are the #Ravens leading #AFCNorth now?! Aargh!

Jemaine Clement Nice Guy

.@stoobush They were great at the Bowl & @AJemaineClement was, literally, the nicest guy, ever! Check out his film What We Do In The Shadows

Tweet from @stoobush

Shoot. I'd kill to see that.

08 November 2014

'71

#71: The-Raid-Meets-The-Troubles type visceral/melodramatic thrill ride. Young Jack's already been snapped up by Hollywood, Demange is next.

Celeb Sighting: Jemaine Clement

2nd-Greatest Celeb Sighting, Ever!: Jemaine Clement. I couldn't resist geeking out over #FlightOfTheConchords selling out the Hollywood Bowl

Timbuktu

#Timbuktu: Not often a movie makes me emotionally spent. Funny, gut-wrenching, beautiful. Sissako's film will reverberate for many years

07 November 2014

Leviathan

#Leviathan: They were right, this is (possibly) the best movie of the year! Funny & devastating. Masterfully made by great Zvyagintsev.

Great ESPN Article on Martellus Bennett

Always loved #Martellus #Bennett from when he showed up on Hard Knocks with #Cowboys! Great article via @FlemESPN http://t.co/9gJzXS1Wd9

06 November 2014

Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night: Another superb humanist drama from Dardenne Bros. Slice of humanity in all its complexity. Lovely perf by Cotillard .

05 November 2014

Obvious Child

Obvious Child: Aw man, what a great little film. One of those make-you-laugh-make-you-cry deals. Expertly crafted. Slate deserves an Oscar!

Alfonso Soriano Retires

You Know You're Too Old When: Alfonso #Soriano retires. Very good career, perhaps not quite as great as it could've been.

Interstellar

#Interstellar: Mankind's last great cinematic hope #Nolan doesnt look to #Kubrick. No, whilst reaching for the stars, he finds #Spielberg!

04 November 2014

03 November 2014

RIP Sadashiv Amarapurkar

RIP Sadashiv Amarapurkar. Great Indian character actor. Scared the h*ll out of me in Sadak! He will be missed.

02 November 2014

@tweetiekate Re-Tweet

@PratikBasu @jharrison9292 Love the #Steelers here in Sherman Oaks! Can't stand the #Ratbirds !

Steelers Thrash Ravens!

Thank G*d for the unstoppable force that is @jharrison9292! Great win #Steelers! Seriously, who likes the awful #Ravens outside Baltimore?!

01 November 2014

California Chrome Loses Breeders Cup

Bad luck for #CaliforniaChrome. Gave it his all but came up just a bit short at #BreedersCup. PS. Owner Steve Coburn is the nicest guy ever!

Celebrity Sighting: Elizabeth Banks & Kristin Chenoweth

2nd-Greatest Celeb Sighting, Ever!: Elizabeth Banks & Kristin Chenoweth. Sadly, Katniss & Elphaba didn't tag along.

Celebrity Sighting: Steven Jackson

3rd-Greatest Celeb Sighting, Ever!: Steven Jackson at #BreedersCup. If he ran as well as his winning horse the #Falcons would be winning!

Take Charge Brandi Wins

So, the old dude next to be told me to bet on #TakeChargeBrandi, you know, the horse that just shocked the #BreedersCup. Did I listen?! No!

31 October 2014

Federer Loses to Raonic Paris Masters 2014

What could've been a magical year just turned into merely a good one for #Federer. Tough loss to #Raonic means No 1 is a remote possibility.

30 October 2014

LeBron Loses Opener NBA 2014

Sigh...this is already looking like a long season. #Bulls/(insufferable) #Rose 1 - #Cavs/#LeBron 0. Looking like a #Spurs repeat to me. #NBA

29 October 2014

Royals Lose World Series 2014

Sadly midnight came early for this Cinderella. Sad to see #Royals lose...especially to insufferable #Giants. #Bumgarner is the man though.

Elsa & Fred

Elsa & Fred: Cute coming-of-old-age romance featuring two Hollywood legends at the top of their game. Your parents will love it.

28 October 2014

Federer / Serena / Sania Win Titles

Ho-hum, another week another title for #Federer. Quite a "swansong" for the "old" man. PS. Congrats to #Serena & #Sania on winning the YEC.

26 October 2014

Boardwalk Empire

#BoardwalkEmpire: Melancholy heartbreaking end. Never given a fair shake due to #Sopranos expectations We'll look back & see how good it was

Steelers Thrash Colts

I had given up on them but TBH kept the faith. Guess who was right? #Steelers thrash #Colts (poor #Luck) & bolster #BigBen's HOF chances!

Citizenfour

#Citizenfour: Compelling, like a real life [redacted]. [Redacted] creates a cool atmospheric [redacted]. As for [redacted], well [redacted]!

25 October 2014

While the City Sleeps

While the City Sleeps: Fun down n' dirty subversive pulp from Lang. Would've loved a Lupino-Sanders spinoff. Lovely B&W #35mm via @LACMA

M

M: I mean, I knew it was a classic, but I had no idea! Lang invents techniques still used now. Lorre gives an all-time performance! @LACMA

24 October 2014

Federer Beats Dimitrov Basel 2014

The student isn't quite ready to become the teacher (yet). #Federer tames young #BabyFed to reach #Basel semis. The "old" man keeps rolling!

20 October 2014

Steelers Beat the Texans (MNF)

Great season-saving win for the #Steelers. The old gang got together for their greatest hits... but thank g*d for new kid #LeVeon! #MNF

Steelers Beat the Texans on MNF

Great season-saving win for the #Steelers. The old gang got together for their greatest hits... but thank g*d for new kid #LeVeon! #MNF

19 October 2014

Birdman

#Birdman: Techno whiz-bang modern All About Eve redo. Keaton rocks, but (true to life?) charismatic a-hole Norton steals it. DP Chivo...wow!

Celebrity Sighting: Alfre Woodard

2nd-Greatest Celeb Sighting, Ever!: (The Great) Alfre Woodard. I resisted the urge to ask her how she liked working with Katherine Heigl ;-)

Celeb Sighting: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

2nd-Greatest Celeb Sighting, Ever!: #Kareem Abdul-Jabbar! I resisted the urge to ask him if he liked gladiator movies ;-)

Samurai Armor Exhibit (LACMA)

Samurai (@LACMA): Extremely cool/fierce Samurai armor exhibit. Photos/books/movies don't do the intricate, exquisite craftsmanship justice.

17 October 2014

Fury

#Fury: WWII as a grotesque white-knuckle thrill ride. Ayer's brand of wounded machismo in full flow here. Good cast, esp kid Lerman.

16 October 2014

Force Majeure

Force Majeure: Pitch black comedy/drama. Uncomfortable & funny. Told with scalpel-like precision by Ostlund. Could become the next Haneke.

Tweet from Stewart Bushman (@stoobush)

@PratikBasu Memorable performance in *batteries not included way back when.

Robin Soderling Retires

You Know You're Too Young When: Robin #Soderling retires, um, maybe? Saw him play once. Nice writeup via @SamBorden nyti.ms/1qqApea

15 October 2014

RIP Elizabeth Pena

RIP Elizabeth Pena. She was one of those character actors I always kept an eye out for. Dependably good no matter how big or small the role.

Celebrity Sighting: Forest Whitaker

2nd-Greatest Celeb Sighting, Ever!: Forest Whitaker, looking very svelte, in Culver City.

14 October 2014

Kill the Messenger

Kill the Messenger: Crackling yarn, the type that is unfairly ignored by Hollywood now. Great cast led by a swaggering, charismatic Renner!

13 October 2014

Hollywood Costume (The Academy Museum)

#HollywoodCostume (@TheAcademy): One of the best museum exhibits I've ever seen. Really immerses you in the world of creative collaboration.

St. Vincent

St. Vincent: Definition of a crowd-pleasing tear-jerker Bill is edgier then usual, McCarthy has a nice change of pace, kid Jaeden steals it

12 October 2014

Federer Wins Shanghai Masters 2014

Not dead yet! #Federer (still #GOAT!) squeezes by #Simon (who's always given him fits) to win his 5th 2014 title & get back to No. 2! #ATP

11 October 2014

Federer Beats Djokovic Shanghai 2014

Amazing! #Federer (still #GOAT!) takes out #Djoker, pretty handily too! Ungainly/tricky #Simon next so he's not out of the woods yet...#ATP

10 October 2014

Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai Win the Nobel Price for Peace 2015

Congrats #Malala & #Satyarthi for #NobelPrize2014. Always good to be reminded of those lighting the candles against our world's darkness.

Whiplash

#Whiplash: Doesn't match the hype...its better! Kid Chazelle, DP Meir, young Teller are great. But man, JK takes it to another level! Yowza!

09 October 2014

RIP Jan Hooks

RIP Jan Hooks. Funny, sweet screen presence. Loved her in everything she did. She will be missed.

08 October 2014

Federer Escapes Against Mayer

The Great Escape, this time starring the Great #Federer vs talented-dangerous #Mayer. 5 match points saved. There's still some fight left!

07 October 2014

Dodgers Lose NLDS 2014 to Cardinals

It's always the bl**dy #Cardinals isn't it? Poor #Kershaw tried, but #Dodgers lose, again. Luckily 2015 looks good with 2011-era #Kemp back!

06 October 2014

White Bird in a Blizzard

White Bird in a Blizzard: Dreamlike Lynch-Meets-Sirk from Araki. Shailene, Meloni, Shiloh all great but man does Eva Green melt the screen!

05 October 2014

Steelers Beat Jaguars

Whew! #BigBen (barely) beats #BabyBen & #Steelers eke out a face-saving win against lowly #Jaguars. I guess there's hope yet. #AFC #NFL

04 October 2014

CSK Beats KKR CLT20 2014 Finals

Though #Dhoni & his @BCCI "patrons" did everything they could for #CSK by banning #Narine, #KKR could not have stopped a rampaging #Raina!

Gone Girl

#GoneGirl: Fincher elevates the book, but like its source it's a fun glorified airport "read" Ben's d-bag-good, Kim's a pro, Pike steals it.

03 October 2014

Cardinals Beat Dodgers NLDS Gm 1

Aargh! I was afraid this would happen! It's always the bl**dy #Cardinals! Only Game 1 so the #Dodgers can come back, right? Right?!

The Judge

The Judge: Harmless (old fashioned) fun. In-form RDJ, underplaying Billy Bob, fantastic against-type D'Onofrio & awesome irascible Duvall.

30 September 2014

Paul Konerko Retires

PS. Not that too many people noticed but Paul #Konerko retired too. If he were a basketball player he'd be in the Hall of Fame. @whitesox

Derek Jeter Retires

You Know You're Too Old When: Derek #Jeter Retires. Most Over/Under-rated Athlete, Ever! But that last @Yankees home game was something!

28 September 2014

Pixies at the Hollywood Bowl

#Pixies (Hollywood Bowl): Middle-aged alternating melodic/dissonant harmonic/screaming punk rock never sounded so good! They still got it!

Gogol Bordello at the Hollywood Bowl

Gogol Bordello (Hollywood Bowl): Now that woke everybody up! Eastern European, politically-charged, foot-stomping, sing-along punk-ish rock!

Cat Power at the Hollywood Bowl

Cat Power (Hollywood Bowl): Introspective, atmospheric, anthemic, melancholy indie rock. Surprisingly good in such a large venue. Who knew?!

Steelers Lose to Buccaneers

OMBG! Oh #Steelers! What an awful loss against the #Bucs. Wasted that great win against the #Panthers. A lot of football left, but still...

27 September 2014

The Equalizer

The Equalizer: Pure pulpy fun hardboiled to perfection by Fuqua! Denzel is scary-great. Csokas is every bit his equal. Sequel? Yes, please!

25 September 2014

The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls: A wondrous, handcrafted kids film or a subversive commentary on modern society? Either way it's another amazing #LAIKA outing

17 September 2014

Alison Bechdel & Joshua Oppenheimer Win MacArthur 2014

Congrats to @AlisonBechdel & @JoshuaOppenheim for being named #MacFellow(s). Thank G*d TBH got me to read Fun Home & see The Act of Killing!

15 September 2014

TBH Becomes an Eagles Fan

So #McNabb & actually living in Philadelphia couldn't make TBH an #Eagles fan. But apparently #ChipKelly & #Sproles did the trick! #MNF

Toyota Re-Tweet

@PratikBasu Congrats. Enjoy the 100k more to come.

14 September 2014

Toyota Prius 100K Miles

#100K !! Thanks @Toyota #Prius from sparing me from commuting on my bike all those years ago! http://t.co/xr9O9VQAin

Federer Into Davis Cup Finals 2014

Nice work by #Federer (#GOAT?) over nutty #Fognini to catapult #SUI to #DavisCup finals vs #FRA & revenge-minded #Monfils. #LaMonf. Uh-oh!

13 September 2014

The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins: Cute little dramedy that sheds new light on sibling relationships. Hader & Wiig are good but Luke Wilson(?!) steals it.

The Double Life of Veronique

The Double Life of Veronique: Mind-blowing #Kieslowski. Beautiful work from
Idziak & Preisner. Lovely perf by Jacob. @SidGrauman

Three Colors: Red

Three Colors Red: Lush, melancholy trilogy-capper. Luminous Jacob, astringent Trintignant, stunning DP/music, lovely in #35mm @SidGrauman

12 September 2014

Three Colors: White

Three Colors White: Overlooked perhaps most challenging of #Kieslowski trilogy Hilarious & heartbreaking Zamachowski is amazing! @SidGrauman

Three Colors: Blue

Three Colors Blue: Still incredible! Stunning Binoche Indelible filmmaking from Kieslowski, Idziak, Preisner Sparkling #35mm via @SidGrauman

Steelers Bad Loss to Ravens

Demoralizing/era-ending(?) #Steelers loss. What makes it worse is that the one #NFL team that deserves to lose is the hateful #Ravens. #TNF

10 September 2014

RIP Richard Kiel

RIP Richard Kiel... #Jaws! Scared the heck out of me when I was a kid. Loved him in those Bond movies (yes, that includes Moonraker).

09 September 2014

U2 - Songs of Innocence

I dunno about you but I'm loving the new #U2 #SongsOfInnocence! Iris! Volcano! Wolves! Cedarwood! Sleep Like a Baby! Pretty d*mn good!

08 September 2014

Marin Cilic Wins US Open 2014

Tough luck for #Kei but #Cilic was just unstoppable at #USOpen. Happy for Coach(!) #Goran but doping suspension leaves a cloud over the win.

07 September 2014

Serena Wins US Open 2014

Congrats to #Serena on #USOpen win over a return-to-form #Caro. Still has to go thru #Evert & #Navratilova before getting to #Steffi & #GOAT

Steelers Beat Browns 2014 Game 1

Woah! Nervewracking win for the #Steelers against the normally hapless #Browns. Thank G*d for Chris Pine-lookalike #Suisham!

Bryan Brothers Win US Open 2014

Perhaps reports of the death of US tennis have been greatly exaggerated? #Bryan Brothers win #USOpen for their 100th title! #BryanBros

06 September 2014

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Sin City A Dame to Kill For: As expected crazy-great Eva Green & JG-L were the best thing about this misogynistic claptrap. Disappointing.

Federer & Djokovic Lose US Open 2014 Semis

Sigh. It ends, as it must not with a bang but with a whimper. #Federer (#GOAT?) misses out on Slam 18. #Kei upsets #Nole. Crazy #USOpen day!

05 September 2014

James Harrison Retires

You Know You're Too Old When: James Harrison retires. #Steelers wound not have won those 2 Super Bowls without him. Scary guy, what a career

Sania Mirza Wins US Open 2014 Mixed Doubles

Congrats to #Sania #Mirza on winning the #USOpen mixed doubles title. Third grand slam title - that's quite a career.

04 September 2014

Federer Comeback Win Against Monfils US Open 2014

That's right #Roger, don't go gentle into that good night. Incredible comeback win for #Federer (#GOAT). The dream stays alive! #USOpen

Joan Rivers LAX Story

Saw Joan Rivers at LAX berating someone over the phone: "I shouldn't know what the driver looks like, he should know what I look like!" Amen

RIP Joan Rivers

RIP Joan Rivers. Trailblazer, funny, spitfire.

03 September 2014

The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January: Elegant, stylish thriller that's not quite Ripley but still entertaining. Good perfs esp Viggo (where's he been?!)

02 September 2014

Federer Reaches US Open 2014 QFs

Solid, if unspectacular, win for #Federer, safely through to #USOpen QFs. Next up: #Monfils who has been playing solid, smart tennis. Uh-oh!

31 August 2014

Federer Wins Rd 3 US Open 2014

#Federer has a comeback win! #LFC get the #Balotelli era off to a great start! #IND thrash #ENG! #ZIM beat #AUS?! Geat couple of sports daysl

27 August 2014

Federer Wins Sloane Loses US Open 2014 Rd 1

Good first win for #Federer over a tricky young opponent. Not so lucky for #Sloane who needs to be careful this doesn't snowball. #USOpen

24 August 2014

RIP Richard Attenborough

RIP Richard Attenborough. Master of the epic biopic. Also an underrated good actor. A tremendous career.

17 August 2014

India Lose Test Series to England 2014

What was that about a perfect sports day?! #India get thrashed by #England to finish off a humiliating series. Can we blame @BCCI?! #EngvInd

Federer Wins Cincinnati Masters 2014; Liverpool Wins Opening Match

Now, that's what I call a great sports day! #Liverpool escapes with an opening day win! #Federer escapes with @CincyTennis title vs #Ferrer!

16 August 2014

Federer & Ivanovic Win Cincinnati 2014

#Federer crushes poor #Raonic. Great to see #Ivanovic overcome ruthless/petulant/never-say-die #Sharapova in a bonkers match! @CincyTennis

Dodgers Lose But Federer Wins

Sad loss for #Dodgers esp since cheater Braun started the #Brewers rally. At least the fireworks were cool. Also #Federer snuck in a win!

14 August 2014

Federer Beats Pospisil & Monfils Cincinnati 2014

Tough #Federer wins vs young guns #Pospisil (Canada - tennis hotbed?!) & #Monfils (flamboyant Frenchie) @CincyTennis. Up next #Murray. Uh-oh

12 August 2014

RIP Lauren Bacall

RIP Lauren Bacall. One half of the original power/glamour couple Bogie & Bacall. A stunning & regal screen presence all on her own. Legend.

11 August 2014

RIP Robin Williams

RIP Robin Williams. Absolutely heartbreaking. His work has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. Sigh...

10 August 2014

Rory McIlroy Wins PGA Championship 2014

Congrats to #Rory battling to exciting #PGA title Sad for #Phil (2nd again) & young #Fowler Post-#Tiger era may not be apocalyptic after all

Federer Loses Toronto 2014

To quote #Tsonga: Ah non! Tough to see #Federer lose. Still glad he battled despite an off-day. Amazing week for the Frenchman! #RogersCup

09 August 2014

Venus Upsets Serena at Montreal 2014

Woah! #Venus upsets #Serena at #CoupeRogers! It's like the late 90s/Early 00s all over again...back when America cared about #Tennis! ;-)

India Thrashed By England 2014 Test 4

What the?! From the highs of #Lords to this?! #India thrashed by #ENG..thanks to a part-time spinner?! They better rally for Test 5 #EngvInd

08 August 2014

RIP Menachem Golan

RIP Menachem Golan. All those awesome action movies I loved in the 80s? Apparently he was the man behind most of them!

Federer Beats Cilic Toronto 2014

Whew! Tough, gutty win for #Federer over the dangerous/streaky #Cilic. Good to see #GOAT not going gently into that good night. #RogersCupTO

05 August 2014

North by Northwest

North by Northwest: Even better than I remembered thanks to the sparkling big-screen presentation by @ArcLightCinemas! Great night out!

David Wilson Retires

You Know You're Too Old When: David Wilson retires at 23 sadly due to injury. Very classy & inspiring way he handled this. Wish him the best

04 August 2014

A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man: The movie Tinker Tailor should've been. Expert, taut direction by Corbijn. Great cast led by the dearly departed PSH.

31 July 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

#Guardians of the Galaxy: Not to be too hyperbolic but is it the new gen Star Wars?! Great fun highlighted by CG space tree & mutant raccoon

30 July 2014

Film Directors Save Kodak

Hipsters "saved" Polaroid & LPs. Now #Nolan & #Tarantino are following suit saving #Kodak. 35mm 4eva! via @benfritz http://t.co/sxjRo3bG4o

28 July 2014

Boyhood Influenced by Michael Apted's "Up" Series

As good as #Boyhood was it owes a huge debt to the great Michael Apted & his astonishing "Up" series.

27 July 2014

Boyhood

#Boyhood: As good as advertised! Like watching your childhood flash before your eyes (sigh). Both the kids were great but Arquette stole it.

26 July 2014

We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You: Like those pantomimes I enjoyed as a kid..this time with kick-a** #Queen music! Great cast, infectious energy, good times!

25 July 2014

RIP Zohra Sehgal

(Belated) RIP Zohra Sehgal. Discovered her through the 1-2 punch of Masala & Bhaji on the Beach. Irrepressible, irresistible screen presence

24 July 2014

Lucy

#Lucy: Under the Skin meets Limitless with a dash of Tree of Life...as a summer sci-fi superhero movie?! Ridiculous & fun! ScarJo is great!l

23 July 2014

Land Ho!

Land Ho!: Best Picturesque-Septuagenarian-Buddy-Road-Trip-Dramedy-Set-In-Iceland-Summer-Movie, Ever! Pleasurable respite from summer bombast

India Beats England at Lords 2014

Still reveling in that incredible #India win at #Lords. What a difference 3 years makes! It really can't get worse for #England. #EngvInd

21 July 2014

RIP James Garner

RIP James Garner. One of my absolute favorites. Anytime he was on screen I'd stop & watch. No one was, or will be, quite like him. Sigh...

20 July 2014

Rory McIlroy Wins British Open

Congrats to #Rory for winning #BritishOpen & completing 3/4 of the career grand slam at only 25! Tough for kid #Fowler & bridesmaid #Sergio

17 July 2014

RIP Elaine Stritch

RIP Elaine Stritch. Always loved her as a scene-stealer in many movies. Good for 30 Rock for giving her that last mainstream hurrah.

16 July 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: They've finally realized that CG creatures are more interesting than boring humans. Smart apes, great movie!

06 July 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers: Age of Extinction: An overlong/loud (GM) car + (Hasbro) toy + (China) tourism commercial...with explosions. Many explosions!

Federer Loses Wimbledon 2014 (Sigh...)

#Federer's Last Stand (#Wimbledon2014) comes up agonizingly short! Credit him with fighting to the end despite naysayers. #GOAT always #Sigh

05 July 2014

Jack Sock Wins Doubles Wimbledon 2014

Good to see young American #Tennis star #JackSock pick up the #Wimbledon2014 doubles title. They should play more best-of-5 in dubs!

Costa Rica Loses to Dutch World Cup 2014

Tough break for underdog #CRC who went down to the wire against #NED. I guess we ended up with the glamour semis #WorldCup wanted all along.

Argentina Beats Belgium World Cup 2014

Future is bright for #BEL, it's just not now. #ARG holds on for a thrilling win! Still, there's a shadow over #WorldCup because of #Neymar

Kvitova Wins Wimbledon 2014

Looks like those "a star is born" storylines will have to wait. Poor #Bouchard gets thrashed by mercurial #Kvitova who wins #Wimbledon2014.

04 July 2014

Brazil Beats Colombia World Cup 2014

Poor #COL was undone by slow start & dodgy ref. Good for #WorldCup that #BRA advanced but have to pick up their play. Kid #James is a star!

Federer Beats Raonic Wimbledon 2014

#Federer's Last Stand (aka #Wimbledon2014) gets past young #Raonic. One hurdle remains: #Nole (who squeaked by #BabyFed). Duh-duh-duh!

Germany Beats France World Cup 2014

As always #GER did just about enough to eke out a win against a young, exciting potential-filled #FRA. Cant wait for #BRA vs #COL! #WorldCup

Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer: Definitely not a typical summer movie! Totally trippy fun. Cap'n America, Bell, Song are great but Tilda completely steals it!

03 July 2014

RIP Louis Zamperini

RIP Louis Zamperini. WWII hero whose life was far grander than the mediocre book it spawned (Unbroken).

02 July 2014

Federer Beats Wawrinka Wimbledon 2014

Whew! #Federer's Last Stand (aka #Wimbledon) passes a tough test vs #Stanimal. Future is now: #Raonic, #Kyrgios, #Bouchard, #Halep, #BabyFed

01 July 2014

RIP Paul Mazursky

RIP Paul Mazursky. Discovered him through Down & Out in Beverly Hills. Later realized he was an imp part of the 70s golden generation.

USA Crashes Out to Belgium World Cup 2014

Heartshattering loss for #USA despite brave #TimHoward & #USMNT battling to the bl**dy bitter end! #Klinsmann has team in right direction. 

Federer Beats Robredo, Isner Loses Wimbledon 2014

#Federer's Last Stand (aka #Wimbledon2014) keeps rolling on. Up next: #Stanimal uh-oh! #Isner lost after another heartbreak special. Sad.

29 June 2014

Costa Rica Beats Greece World Cup 2014

What an incredible win for #CRC! Little team that could! Best #WorldCup I've seen in a long time (& I've been around for a long time ;-)

Mexico Loses Heartbreaker to Dutch World Cup 2014

Bad luck for #MEX. Couple of minutes from upsetting #NED. Very dodgy penalty. Somewhere #BRA just breathed a huge sigh of relief. #WorldCup 

28 June 2014

Dodgers Beat the Cardinals

Man, #Greinke was dealing today. #Dodgers killed the #Cardinals. #DeeGordon was awesome, and the fans stayed till... well, almost the end.

Federer Wins, Serena Loses at Wimbledon 2014

Smooth sailing again for #Federer's Last Stand  (aka #Wimbledon2014). #Serena, sadly, not quite so lucky. Dark days for American #Tennis :-(  

Brazil Beats Chile World Cup 2014

Nerve-wracking win by tiniest of margins for #BRA! Better for #WorldCup they won but my heart goes out to #CHI who played their hearts out! 

Life Itself

Life Itself: Heart-warming/breaking. We should all be so lucky to have lived the life Ebert did. A must for film lovers. Two thumbs up :-)

27 June 2014

RIP Bobby Womack

RIP Bobby Womack. Loved that album Damon Albarn produced for him. Of course, he had an incredible career before that.

26 June 2014

Federer Wins Round 2 Wimbledon 2014

Thankfully #Federer's Last Stand continues after a beautiful (literally) dismantling. Sad to see #Querrey go out like that. #Wimbledon

USA Out of Group of Death World Cup 2014

Poor chaps #USMNT were tired & got outclassed by #GER. But we're all #POR fans now! Wrong about #Klinsmann he got #USA out of Group of Death

25 June 2014

No Cricket in Olympics

No #Cricket in #Olympics. @BCCI chooses money over worldwide exposure & growing the sport. Sad. Via @ESPNCricinfo http://t.co/hjYspBwQGA

RIP Eli Wallach

RIP Eli Wallach. Unforgettable screen presence over many years. Never forget the first time I saw him as #Tuco in school ask those years ago

24 June 2014

Maleficent

Maleficent: Toothless remake turns the awesome 1959 cartoon (Im that old) into a prepubescent wish-fulfillment fantasy. Jolie kicks a** tho

Luis Suarez Takes a Bite Out of Italy World Cup 2014

Between usual #ITA negative shenanigans & #Suarez bite (oh Luis... from hero to goat, again) that #URU match was a black mark all around.

Federer Wins Round 1 Wimbledon 2014

#Federer's last stand aka #Wimbledon2014 gets off to a rousing start. Still a long way to go but hope springs, well, for a little longer :-)

23 June 2014

Michelle Wie Wins US Open

Good to see Michelle #Wie win the #USOpen for her first major at only 24. Could be the shot in the arm she & #LPGA desperately needs.

22 June 2014

Heart-Breaking Tie For USA vs Portugal World Cup 2014

No!!!!!! What a heart-breaking tie for #USA vs #POR. This bl**dy close...if it weren't for #Ronaldo deciding to finally show up. #USMNT