American Sniper – Taking aim at the controversy of war

I’m not sure I understand the complaints being leveled against Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper. He brings to the screen an adaptation of the autobiographical experience of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle – a soldier whose values and ideals were compromised by his experience in the Iraq war. Kyle, a Texas rodeo rider, enlists in the Navy…

The Elephant Man – Man in the Mirror

When it was announced that The Elephant Man, starring Bradley Cooper, was coming to Broadway I thought “Here’s another example of vanity casting.” Then I read the rapturous reviews from the Williamstown production and read how important the story of Joseph Merrick was to Cooper. The show has moved to Broadway with its three excellent…