November 18, 2018

All's well that ends Welles

I've just released episode five of his Cineversary podcast; this time around, the spotlight shines on Touch of Evil, Orson Welles' 1958 film noir classic, which marks a 60th anniversary this year.

This installment features my recent interview with Jonathan Rosenbaum, former head critic of the Chicago Reader, author of several books on cinema, and consultant on the 1998 re-editing of Touch of Evil and on the 2018 completion of Welles’ movie The Other Side of the Wind. Together, we discuss why Touch of Evil is worth celebrating all these years later, its cultural impact and legacy, what we can learn from the picture today, how it has stood the test of time, and more.

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November 11, 2018

Speak easy

Cyborg chefs, android butlers and robot maids may be figments of futuristic fantasy. But until they’re invented, today’s families can at least rely on one high-tech helper in their homes: a smart speaker like Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Apple HomePod, powered by an artificially intelligent virtual assistant (respectively, Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri).

While these gizmos can work wonders in any room, many experts believe there’s no better spot in your home for such devices than the kitchen. Learn why by checking out my latest article for CTW Features, published here.