She Lived

March 24, 2011


One thought recurs when I consider the life–and death–of Elizabeth Taylor: she really lived.

She may not always have been happy, she certainly was not always healthy, and she may not have been a perfect judge of character in her...

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Who Knows What Will Happen in the Middle East? Omar Sharif Knows as Much as the Pundits Do

February 3, 2011


What the H&^% is going to happen to the middle east? Darned if this middle east commentator knows. I’ve avoided writing about the uprising in Egypt as long as I possibly could because this one’s got me stumped. I have...

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Marcus Hellwig and Jens Koch Identified as German Journalists Held by Tehran

December 28, 2010


On Tuesday The New York Times printed the names of Marcus Alfred Rudolf Hellwig, a reporter, and Jens Andreas Koch, a photographer. They have been detained in Iran since October, when they traveled there to cover the story of a woman...

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Environmental Drama Takes a Fresh Look at Going Green

April 20, 2010


Having finally emerged from a winter that made my hometown of Pittsburgh resemble a scene from the film Doctor Zhivago, I’m not inclined to put Al Gore’s dire warnings about global warming at the top of my worry list. As Los Angeles...

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Conservative Michael Moore Shines Light on U.N. Corruption

December 21, 2009

Ami Horowitz’s documentary “U.N. Me” screened at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam in November to rave reviews. Horowitz, who co-directed and co-produced the film, says he’s inspired by Moore...

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Michael Moore’s “Capitalism, a Love Story” a Refutation of Itself

October 15, 2009

I just saw Michael Moore’s new movie. Moore’s creativity and humor have decreased roughly in proportion to his ever-increasing dogmatism. A good comedian, after all, needs the capacity to step back and lighten up; genuine...

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Patrick Swayze: This Jewish Girl Will Miss You

September 18, 2009

From The Jewish Daily Forward



You Are More Than a Ghost to Us

For Jewish women of a certain age, Patrick Swayze will always occupy a special corner of the heart. Tough and tender, he embodied for some of us — ok for me, at least — a certain fantasy. Let’s call it the Jewish...

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Satrapi on the Arbiters of Moral Purity in the Ayatollah’s Iran

January 16, 2008

Marjane Satrapi’s excellent film “Persepolis,” the true story of a girl’s coming of age in 1970’s and 1980’s Iran, examines the misogyny and general brutality of the 1979 Iranian...

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Zohan to Feature Moishe’s Movers: How About the Princess in the IDF?

December 19, 2007

Looks like something truly creative is coming down the pike: in this soon-to-be released film, Adam Sandler plays an Israeli counterterrorism agent who comes to New York to do hair. Finally, someone mines the great comic potential of the...

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Recruited To Die

June 1, 2007

From The New York Sun


June 1, 2007

In 2004, 24-year-old Brooke Goldstein spent her summer in the West Bank filming more than five hours of in-person interviews with terrorists — all of which she conducted without a bodyguard and without a weapon. A Cardozo...

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