BAD TROUBLE IN THE BERKELEY HILLS

The Savage Professor: A Novel by Robert Roper Pros: East Bay local color Cons: buckets of blood and other carnage What overcame my aversion to contributing to the fascination with serial killers enough to read The Savage Professor by Robert Roper (Nabokov in America, Mexico Days) was the local color. Epidemiologist Anthony Landau, the titular

CLASSIC

Goodfellas Pros: Everything Cons: Nothing (This review originally appeared in slightly different form on Epinions.com.) I always hate it when people ask me what my favorite movie is. There are so many that I love it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. But if I were ever to travel to a desert island

DECAYED URBAN SCHOOL DRAMA WITH SOME SUPERB ACTING AND QUESTIONABLE DIRECTION

Detachment  (2011) Pros: acting Cons: directing, editing Considering that British director Tony Kaye is best known for frequent and fierce clashes with Edward Norton over the 1998 “American History X” (for which Norton was nominated for an Oscar), it is surprising that Kaye could assemble the acting talent he did for “Detachment” (2011), starting with

ART WITHOUT PRETENSION

Revolver-The Beatles Pros: Maybe the greatest album ever. Cons: Nada. (Note: Review originally appeared on Epinions) Around the beginning of the 2000s VH1 did a listing of the greatest albums of all-time. The number one pick was Revolver by The Beatles. Is it the greatest of all-time? Better than Miles Davis’ Kind Of Blue? That