A Tale of Two Cities

Washington  DC and Hollywood are two cities suffering from the same condition:  they’ve not only become completely alienated from the people they’re meant to serve, they’re bizarrely blind to the fact of that alienation.   Like deranged…

17 Again

I can’t remember who recommended this movie to me, but it must’ve been someone I really, really respect because it’s the kind of picture I just about never watch.  And yet, there it was on my…

Charlie at the Catholic Exchange

Christi Find has posted a nice review of The Long Way Home at the Catholic Exchange.  Christi appreciates the faith of the novel’s hero Charlie West: “Andrew Klavan, whose fans include fellow novelist Stephen King, has…

Is The Tide Turning?

If you look over to your left (my right from where I am inside your monitor) you will see the delightful news that my Homelanders series has been optioned for film by Summit Entertainment.  What a…

The Case of the Missing Homemaker

Director Tim Burton, whose work I often enjoy, has created an Alice in Wonderland so flat that even in 3-D it’s two dimensional.  Ironic that one of our few really offbeat filmmakers should transform two incredibly…

KOC Comment

Just a quick comment on this week’s Klavan on the Culture.  I’ve done my mock Oscar routine a couple of times before, once for the LA Times, once either on a blog or for Big Hollywood,…

Goldstein, Tarantino and House of Leaves

A couple of weeks ago Patrick Goldstein, lefty critic of the lefty Los Angeles Times, had a go at me for my attack on Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds.  I didn’t say at the time that I…

HMS Pinafore

One of the great pleasures of my east coast trip was seeing a small production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore.  I’ve always loved G&S but it’s been years since I’ve seen one of their operettas…

The Paper of Record

I’m going to miss newspapers once they’re gone, I must admit.  I love them and reading them online just isn’t the same.  One of my favorites is the New York Post:  great writing, great coverage, great…

Pass Me A Grapefruit

Remember that famous scene in the old film Public Enemy where Jimmy Cagney shoves a grapefruit into a woman’s face?   It came to mind for some reason when I read this dopey op-ed by Kim Elsesser…