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2008-08-01 09:00:41

By Michael Smith, Tulsa World, Okla. Aug. 1--In terms of bringing British literary classics to the big screen, "Brideshead Revisited" was always going to be a challenge. Besides the novel itself, there's the spectre of the 1981 miniseries hanging over any film adaptation, as that 11-hour event has been regaled as one of the best of the medium, starring no less than Oscar winners Jeremy Irons, Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud. That the new film version of "Brideshead Revisited" -- an...

2008-08-01 09:00:41

By Michael Smith, Tulsa World, Okla. Aug. 1--Listen to Michael Smith's interview with Matthew Goode Intelligent, cool, handsome, great sense of humor, British: Matthew Goode should be a big film star, loved by women and admired by men the world over. That's coming soon. As the lead in "Brideshead Revisited" (which opens Friday in Tulsa; see review on D1), Goode plays the role that made a young Jeremy Irons an international star in the smash 1981 miniseries. Playing no less than...

2008-07-25 09:00:58

By Michael Smith, Tulsa World, Okla. Jul. 25--It has long been the American way to think that we are "Bigger, Stronger, Faster" than everyone else, and that if our competition is catching up, or even passing us, we will do what is necessary to stay ahead. We are Americans. We are winners. We take steroids and other legal drugs that advertisers bombard us with in astounding quantities. Never has anyone so thoroughly, thoughtfully and successfully explained the issue of steroids on a...

2008-07-25 09:00:57

By Michael Smith, Tulsa World, Okla. Jul. 25--Playing lunk-headed chauvinists such as Ron Burgundy and over-competitive doofuses such as Ricky Bobby, Will Ferrell has long succeeded in the comedy of male stupidity on film. Building on his "Saturday Night Live" persona, the star grooved with his audience and built up a degree of goodwill. His newest effort, "Step Brothers," is bad Will. "Anchorman" and "Talladega Nights" were funny movies that pushed the envelope of good taste and their...

2008-07-18 12:00:51

By Michael Smith, Tulsa World, Okla. Jul. 18--When the buzz is as big as has been the case for the late Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker in "The Dark Knight," with months of intense buildup since his death in January, it seems impossible to meet such expectations. And yet Ledger, 29, has accomplished just that, creating a hideous cinema villain hard-wired into the new world order of terror. The Joker is wild in "The Dark Knight," a demonic clown and a visceral incarnation of...

2008-07-18 09:00:47

By Michael Smith, Tulsa World, Okla. Jul. 18--Glorious photography and an experimental narrative full of improvised dialogue combine to make "The Flight of the Red Balloon" an impressive, abstract work of art on film. The final product -- like a canvas of French impressionism hanging in a museum -- will engender a variety of reactions. Director Hou Hsiao Hsien ("Cafe Lumiere") gives his Paris-set picture a decidedly Chinese flavoring and uses an unconventional approach that may distract...

2008-07-11 12:00:38

By Michael Smith, Tulsa World, Okla. Jul. 11--If Steven Spielberg hadn't made a movie about the man, the public at large still wouldn't have the foggiest idea as to the identity or importance of Oskar Schindler's life-saving efforts at the close of World War II. "The Children of Huang Shi" won't bring the same fame to George Hogg, but this good-natured drama is a worthwhile memorial to a little-known rescue of 60 innocent souls from a pre-World War II reign of terror. The film begins...

2008-07-11 12:00:38

By Michael Smith, Tulsa World, Okla. Jul. 11--It never fails. He can be walking down the street here in Tulsa, checking into a hotel out of state or going into a restaurant internationally, and Roy Clark has people hollering at him. "I'll hear someone from halfway down the block saying, "I'm a pickin',' " and I'm obligated to say back, "I'm a grinnin',' " said a chuckling Clark, 75, who splits his time these days between he and his wife's Tulsa home and their Patricia Island property on...

2008-07-11 12:00:38

By Michael Smith, Tulsa World, Okla. Jul. 11--When you think of Oklahoma's cultural icons, you have to think of jazz legend Chet Baker, country music star Roy Clark, Oscar-winning actor Ben Johnson and guitarist/songwriter J.J. Cale. It's hard not to think of Tulsa's historic Circle Cinema in that way, too. So it seems fitting that as the city's oldest standing movie house celebrates its 80th birthday next week, it in turn honors several of the state's favorite sons of entertainment....

2008-07-10 06:00:37

By Tim Logan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 10--Last month, Michael Smith stopped by a house he's rehabbing in the Benton Park West neighborhood of south St. Louis. He found a window broken, and ran inside. Down in the basement, all the copper piping was gone. The only things left were nubs where his pipes went into the wall. Smith's loss is just one example of a growing side effect of rising metals prices and a weak housing market. Copper theft is surging across the St. Louis area,...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'