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March 2009

Mar
27
2009

winger and hathaway getting dysfunctional

Last weekend, Netflix brought me what I thought was a gift: Rachel Getting Married. I’d been kicking myself for not catching it in the theater, because it sounded like my kind of movie. Anne Hathaway (gone to the dark side, which is even better), Rosemarie DeWitt, Debra Winger, and an indie feel — what’s not [...]

Mar
23
2009

toni toni toni

Thanks to The United States of Tara, I start each week with thoughts of Toni Collette. What is it about her? I mean, yeah, I know what it is — she’s gifted, she’s gorgeous, she’s hilarious — but there’s something extra going on. Allow me to ponder the evidence for a moment. I first saw [...]

Mar
19
2009

Natasha Richardson, 1963-2009

Almost exactly two years ago, I was in the front row for a performance of The Year of Magical Thinking, a one-woman show starring Vanessa Redgrave and capturing Joan Didion’s experiences and emotions after the loss of her husband and daughter. Redgrave was, as always, luminous and intense. She’s a true theater actor who connects [...]