Robert Redford waves the flag

by Richard Grenier -- Well, before I tell you what I thought of "The Last Castle," featuring Robert Redford and James Gandolfini, which opened yesterday nationwide, let me tell you about the more…

5 days that saved the world

by Richard Grenier -- Distinguished historian John Lukacs has examined five days in London in May 1940 when the future of Western civilization hung in perilous balance. Between May 24 and May more…

Living like a king

by Richard Grenier -- By all accounts, including his own, the Duke of Saint-Simon (1675-1755) was a sensitive, self-obsessed, ill-tempered man. A courtier and a singular chronicler of court life under Louis more…

America haters redux

by Richard Grenier -- Susan Sontag is in a real snit again. In case her name may not be instantly familiar to you, she's that intellectual lady who first made sort of more…

Barbary pirates still at it

by Richard Grenier -- Can it be by chance or a felicitous turn of fate that the first war vessel to set forth from American shores in quest of Osama bin Laden more…

Spielberg, Hanks recapture World War II

by Richard Grenier -- Sunday night, HBO gave us the first two segments of the 10-part "Band of Brothers." Tuesday morning, in the wake of the horrific terrorist bombings, the recollection of more…

A healing catharsis

by Richard Grenier -- Jonathan Franzen right now must feel he's king of the world as novelists go. His publisher, Jonathan Galassi – editor and current head of the distinguished house of more…

Marching back in time

by Richard Grenier -- Know the name John De Forest? Didn't think so. I didn't, at least until the other day when I happened to pick up a Penguin Classics novel with more…

Bursting "Bubble Boy"

by Richard Grenier -- What a movie! For sheer offensiveness, I don't think I've seen anything in years to match "Bubble Boy." A Disney product, opening this weekend, it is the first more…

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

by Richard Grenier -- "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" written by, directed and starring Woody Allen is a joy, a delight, a hoot. It may just be one of his funniest more…