Producer Monty Montgomery portrays the Cowboy in Mulholland Drive/Mulholland Drive-net

Filmmaker Adam Kesher gets it from all sides in David Lynch’s hypnagogic noir, Mulholland Drive. Mobbed up financiers demand he cast an unknown actress for the lead in his forthcoming movie. “It’s no longer your movie,” one tells him. He’s thrown out of his own house by a pool guy…

Billie Jean King & Bobby Riggs horse around pre-match/©The Independent

ItIt might be an exaggeration to claim that there have been too many dramatizations of Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs’s 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” to count. But there sure have been a lot over the years. Typically they depict young girls and women watching the denouement, faces lighting…

OWS well settled into Zuccotti Park by week 6/©the author

I encountered Occupy Wall Street on October 1st 2011. That was the day nearly 800 people were arrested after being directed by NYPD to march across he Brooklyn Bridge roadway. Once there they were kettled and taken into custody. It was the largest mass arrest associated with the Occupy movement…

Scene from Willam Peter Blatty’s Exorcist III

Needless to say, there are beaucoup spoilers ahead. If you haven’t seen these movies, or read the books that inspired them, consider stopping now and give them a go. They’re all pretty worthwhile, bugled endings notwithstanding.

The Exorcist III, 1990

Dir, William Peter Blatty; screenplay, William Peter Blatty from his…

Cleaning WTC memorial/©the author

I dropped my son, Aaron, off at middle school, 1st Avenue & 16th Street, across from Beth Israel. Instead of going back home to Park Slope, I stopped at the Union Square Starbucks. My wife, Lisa, called from her office in Garden City.

“They say a plane just hit the…

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Criticized, on both sides of the aisle, for seeming to draw the GOP away from its ideological roots, former President Trump finally came home when he fell back on the party’s tried and true method for returning to power: i.e. kowtowing to America’s enemies for short-term gain.

Or, in a…

Lincoln Statue in front of SF City Hall ©SF Chronicle

There’s been a lot of criticism of our nation’s 16th president in the past century-and-a-half. Recently, however, much of it comes from a surprising source: the anti-racist left. What’s even more surprising is how familiar many their arguments are. …

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Recall Barack Obama’s famous, or infamous, “Beer Summit,” which brought Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cambridge, Mass Sergeant James Crowley to sit down like civilized men and discuss their differences over brews?

While the event is lionized today as an example of Obama’s ability to bring people together…

Andrew Katz

LA born & raised, now I live upstate. I hate snow. I write on healthcare, politics & history. Hobbies are woodworking & singing Xmas carols with nonsense lyrics

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