Jeff Klayman

What’s On TV: New Hallmark Channel Valentine’s Day Special Day Movie: ‘A Dash of Love’

by Jeff Klayman Hello young lovers (and not so young too!). Mark your calendars with a large red heart for the next in Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Valentine’s Day:  A Dash of Love If, as Shakespeare wrote, “music be the food of love,” in this delightful comedy, “food” itself provides the catalyst for romance.  Jen […]

Dancing With Twyla Tharp (Well, Sort Of!)

by Jeff Klayman Remember Andy Warhol’s oft-quoted dictum—“In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”? Well, how about ELEVEN SECONDS! Yes, that’s it. About two gulps of your Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino, a text reply while jogging, a flu shot, if you’re lucky the amount of time surfing channels to NOT find Donald Trump […]

Movie Review: ‘The Outrageous Sophie Tucker’

by Jeff Klayman Before there was a Bette Midler, a Lady Gaga, a Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Mae West and countless other “divas,” there was a woman named Sophie Tucker. Her friends called her “Soph. She was big and “fat”—yes, she called herself that, political correctness be damned. Loud, brassy, bawdy, unapologetically self-promoting as hell, […]

Review: ‘Birdman’

by Jeff Klayman I went with high anticipation to a screening of Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance last week. The advance press and reviews bordered on ecstatic, some “100” scores on Metacritic and elsewhere. What can I say? The film, directed by Alejandro Inarritu, failed to soar for me, and when it did […]

Movie Review: ‘Jersey Boys’

by Jeff Klayman Saturday might have been the longest day of the year, but having just endured Clint Eastwood’s strange, way over-long film version of  Jersey Boys, I feel the summer solstice has met its match..  The film is engaging at best but ultimately unsatisfying, and tedium sets in long before the final credits roll. […]

Review: ‘Fading Gigolo’

by Jeff Klayman The “Woodman” is back, aka Woody Allen, and it’s great to see him again in a major role, albeit not in one of his own films. John Turturro’s quasi melancholy comic slice of New York life, Fading Gigolo is a film in search of an identity, straddling several genres and, although there are […]