Preservation has turned into the newest algorithm in the online universe. Cancel culture is waning, writes Simon.
We now have a lot of the details of how Quentin Tarantino came to be Quentin Tarantino because in his 60th year, he is publishing a combination memoir-essay collection – and anthology of improvs and commentaries with a hilariously terrible title, "Cinema Speculation."
"Somehow, I had gotten it into my head back then that the image of scruffy, Boho Bob from Greenwich Village – the composer of "protest songs" and heir of Woody Guthrie – was a commercial fraud, and the real guy was a careerist who preferred a suit and tie," writes Jeff Simon.
We smart aleck couch potatoes are always happy to praise to the skies the obvious good ones – "Hill Street Blues," "NYPD Blue" and their allied legal brethren from Bochco like "L.A. Law." But to cops themselves, "Barney Miller" represented their workaday life better, writes Jeff Simon.
It's a little surprising that it took 22 years for "Blonde" to become a film. (It will be here next week and will be available on Netflix Sept. 28.)
"It's not true that we immediately knew back then that Margaret Sullivan was destined for a spectacular career in journalism. It took us two whole days to figure it out."
"The Church of Baseball: The Making of 'Bull Durham': Home Runs, Bad Calls, Crazy Fights, Big Swings and a Hit" is one of the great books about moviemaking, Simon says.
There IS something altogether remarkable about this city. What has always seemed to characterize it to me is a soulfulness that is well beyond what is familiar elsewhere.
It was the moment when demographics superceded democracy, the moment when the identity of Americans came to matter vastly more than the aggregate number of them – which was always what democracy was all about.
From music to movies to books, Simon offers some of his favorite recent finds.
Dick Wolf is 21st century TV's primal purveyor of comfort TV, Simon says.
Betty White's rep was that there was nothing she wouldn't do for a laugh. And with sly comedy timing that fellow professionals knew to be majestic and unfailing, Jeff Simon writes.
On Broadway, when someone associated with the theater dies, they dim the lights for roughly a minute to remember a Broadway icon. When I learn…
"There is no question that for all that isn't here, there are, at last, fully fleshed out anecdotes and professional occurrences in a legendarily charismatic life," Simon writes.
"Amazing things happen on social media. There are, for instance, people claiming they cried at the end of "No Time To Die," the current megabuck James Bond blockbuster," writes Jeff Simon.
Nothing has been quite the same since Netflix opened for business. But what happens there is hardly all of a piece.
"NCIS" reemerged from pandemic sleep on the air this week.
I will always be grateful to Don Johnson for being the original TV model for the male fashion I've found to be infinitely useful in my semi-retired maturity, writes Jeff Simon.
"How could I resist the film I'd have most wanted to take my 11-year old grandson to? The one film, in fact, that seems perfect for 11-year olds of all ages, as the dreadful cutesy cliche goes," writes Jeff Simon.
Jan. 10, 1927 – April 17, 2021
This year's Academy Awards presentation could be truly horrendous or they could also be wildly creative and fascinating, Simon says.
News critic Jeff Simon takes readers behind the scenes on some of the many interviews he has conducted over the years.
David Thomson isn't just in the pantheon of truly great living movie critics, he's the only one who has written two books that I consider requisites in any home library of serious movie lovers.
"CBS got its money's worth out of its Sunday Oprah Winfrey interview with Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, and her husband Prince Harry," writes Jeff Simon.
"I pledged not to lie here. Reading Dr. Seuss to my growing daughter was one of the greatest joys of my long life," writes Jeff Simon.