Alan Scherstuhl

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  • 3 hours ago | Film and TV

    Maybe we contain multitudes, and maybe we contain a couple great splashes of primary color. With one arm stretched high above his head, puppeteer Caroll Spinney has spent the last decades embodying the warmest of yellows and grimiest of greens, pl...

  • "When someone's off balance, that's the best time to hit someone," Jim Gaffigan says in Kevin Pollak's chatty Misery Loves Comedy, a documentary that asks many comics big questions about the dispositions of comics -- but doesn't often...

  • A movie about bringing down druglords that's actually mostly about movies, Cédric Jimenez's The Connection is stretched over driven-cop beats so familiar American audiences could probably follow it without subtitles. (It's in French...

  • The friends and colleagues toasting Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney in I Am Big Bird argue that Oscar the Grouch is the yang to Spinney's Big Bird yin -- that they're opposites contained within one complex man. A home-movie...

  • 6 days ago | Film and TV

    A movie about bringing down drug lords that’s actually mostly about movies, Cédric Jimenez’s The Connection is stretched over driven-cop beats so familiar that American audiences could probably follow it without subtitles. (It’s in French; add tha...

  • Poltergeist 2015 is to Poltergeist '82 what today's shipped-frozen-to-the-store Pizza Hut dough is to the kneaded-on-site pies the chain's stoned cooks tossed in the Reagan era. It's the same kind of thing, with the same shape and...