• Book Review: Death and the Art of Memoir

    Book Review: Death and the Art of Memoir

    by Alan F. Zundel Writing a memoir means confronting who you really are. A memoir is a protest against the silence of death. The first assertion is that of Mary Karr, the author of “The Art of Memoir” (2015). Karr […]

  • Looking Forward, Looking Back

    Looking Forward, Looking Back

    by Alan F. Zundel Last November I wrote that I was backing off from this blog due, in part, to becoming more politically active. Well, this year I’ve become even more politically active and the real action is just starting! […]

  • Alan’s Oscar Picks

    Alan’s Oscar Picks

    by Alan F. Zundel Here’s my picks from the nominees for the top Academy Award nominations this year. No predictions, just my own preferences. Best Picture/Director It makes no sense to have separate categories for Best Picture and Best Director, […]

  • 5 Great Movies About Making Movies

    5 Great Movies About Making Movies

    by Alan F. Zundel The recent release of Hail Caesar! (which I haven’t seen yet), about a movie studio “fixer” dealing with the production problems of a 1950s-era studio, made me reminisce over some of my favorite movies about making […]

  • Book Review: Beatlebone (2015)

    Book Review: Beatlebone (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel A novel about John Lennon? By an author with the Irish way with words? Who can resist! Not I. Nor was I disappointed. Kevin Barry, an author in Ireland, delivers a love letter to John wrapped […]

  • Movie Review: The Intern (2015)

    Movie Review: The Intern (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel So formulaic you can imagine the formulas in the screenplay—OM+Er=AL (where OM stands for older man, Er stands for erection, and AL stands for audience laughter)—“The Intern” is barely rescued from unremitting tediousness by its lead […]

  • Movie Review: Rosewater (2014)

    Movie Review: Rosewater (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel As the debut of a newbie screenwriter/director, “Rosewater” is impressive. That writer/director is not an unknown, though, he’s the famous comedian Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show.” Stewart does a creditable job, but don’t expect many […]

  • Book Review: American Insecurity (2015)

    Book Review: American Insecurity (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel It may be a jarring question to ask as Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Presidency soars to new heights, but why haven’t people been more politically active on issues of economic insecurity? After all, the public’s […]

  • Book Review: American Mojo: Lost and Found (2015)

    Book Review: American Mojo: Lost and Found (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel Why is the U.S. middle class in economic decline and what can be done about it? These questions are given the attention they demand by Peter D. Kiernan in “American Mojo: Lost and Found,” but unfortunately […]

  • Movie Review: The Room (2015)

    Movie Review: The Room (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel The best movies not only grip our attention, but rekindle our sense of humanity. “The Room” is such a movie. The subject matter might sound grim, but it burrows down to excavate the best part of […]