With The Da Vinci Code opening today, I can only assume the world will end in fire this weekend. So dress in layers, hit the gym (it’s not too late to lose that spare tire before you’re judged), and take these entertainment suggestions to heart. Oh, yes: Avoid any and all boiling seas.
Lisa Schwarzbaum says Army of Shadows, Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1969 suspense film about the French resistance, is "meaningful," "exquisite," and breathtaking." Those are all very promising words. And this is its first release in the States!
The Proposition, an "Australian Western" written by none-other than dark bard Nick Cave, also gets high marks from Ms. S "Sinewy sceenplay"! "Dirgelike score"! (Man, can I blurb or what?)
Oh yeah, Da Vinci Code? Owen says don’t bother. So does just about every other critic. Not that you have to listen to them. I’m just saying.
Something wicked that way goes. Anyone who ever succumbed to the charms of Charmed (you don’t have to identify yourselves) will weep quietly behind closed doors on Sunday at 8 p.m., as the fluffy witches-in-the-city series (starring, from left to right, Rose McGowan, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and special guesy Kaley Cuoco) casts its final spell. Be sure to burn some sage over your TV when it’s over.
Also on Sunday: Mike Wallace will make his final appearance on 60 Minutes…as an interviewee. Expect him to ask himself the tough questions and not back down. Be sure to burn some sage over your TV when it’s over.
Michael Endelman sits beside me. I trust Michael Endelman. And Michael Endelman says you should listen to Roisin Murphy‘s Ruby Blue — the track "Through Time" especially. If you knew Michael Endelman like I know Michael Endelman, you’d go do it right now.
APROPOS OF NOTHING
Will our culture ever be rid of Showgirls? I sure hope not. If you live in or near New York City, there are two new ways to experience the Jiggly Awfulness of It All: One involves puppets. The other (on Thursdays) involves a staged reading and an exclusive interview with someone I’m pretty sure is not actually Joe Eszterhas. Then again, Eszterhas isn’t really Eszterhas anymore.