Jewish Journal

Steven Rosen

  • TV: Shoah makes searing mark in Ken Burns WWII documentary

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ken Burns knew from the start that he didn't want his seven-episode, 14 1/2-hour documentary on World War II to be associated with any notion of "The Good War." And yet in its final episode, as now elderly ex-GIs recount the lessons learned from liberating German concentration camps,...
  • Film: Opposites attract—and seek therapy—in ‘Ira & Abby’

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Jennifer Westfeldt is gracious, even humble, in accepting the compliment that starts this interview. She has been told that a recent essay on cineastes -- "Jewish Humor, After Woody" -- called her "the most intriguing candidate to forge a career of intelligent, dialogue-driven films...
  • ‘The Good Shepherd’: I was a young man for the CIA

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Eric Roth's impressive resume as a Hollywood screenwriter includes an Oscar (for adapting "Forrest Gump") and a string of reality-based screenplays about the difficulties important people face choosing between realpolitik and personal morality.

    These include shared credits on 1999's...

  • Director Zwick excavates the bloody price of ‘Diamonds’

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Edward Zwick, director of the new film, "Blood Diamond," believes his Jewishness has played a role in his desire to make social issue movies.

    "Glory" was about black soldiers fighting in the Civil War, "The Siege" about the threats of domestic terrorism, "Courage Under Fire" about...

  • Films: Interfaith marriage wrong fit for ‘Pajamas’ director

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Click big arrow to view 'Flannel Pajamas' trailer It would be easy to assume that director-writer Jeff Lipsky, whose "Flannel Pajamas" intimately chronicles the arduous rise and tragic fall of a Jewish man's marriage to a Catholic woman, is a relative newcomer to independent...
  • Want to spoof Purim and the Oscars? Be our Guest!

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Click big arrow to play In their previous screenplay collaborations, Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy have satirized such offbeat subjects as small-town theatrical productions ("Waiting for Guffman"), championship dog shows ("Best in Show"), and old folk music groups ("A Mighty...
  • If Borat has offended ... then he’s done his job

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Virtually everyone who has already seen the comedy "Borat" at film festivals and invitational screenings has found the film uproariously funny.

    But with its nationwide opening set for Friday, the question now is whether a mass, mainstream audience will also get the film's satiric...

  • P. F. Sloan:  does he still believe we’re on the ‘Eve of Destruction’?

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Eve of Destruction," the famous folk-rock protest hit from 1965, isn't usually regarded as a specifically Jewish song. Or even a religious one, for that matter.
    It's a litany of anguished complaints about the problems of the temporal world of the time -- civil rights marchers...
  • Spectator - Spin-Doctors of the Revolution

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rachel Boynton, director of the documentary "Our Brand Is Crisis," was excited when she first learned that American political consultants export their work globally.

    While a student at Columbia School of Journalism, she saw a film about the history of 20th century nonviolent...

  • Spectator - Assimilation and a Blonde Doll

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain laughs when asked where she gets her finely honed sense of ironic humor. It comes with being Jewish, she explains -- a group whose number constitutes just one-quarter of 1 percent of the human race and thus makes getting along with others paramount.

    "You got...

  • Leonard Cohen Film Toasts Songwriter

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "He's the man who comes down from the mountaintop with tablets of stone," says U2's guitarist, The Edge, in "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man," a documentary on Cohen, one of the greatest living songwriters, that is screening at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

    Comments on Cohen's many...

  • ‘Protocols’ Exposes Ugly Legacy of Lies

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Not long after Sept. 11, an Egyptian cab driver in New York told filmmaker Marc Levin, whose documentary "Protocols of Zion" is being released Friday in Los Angeles, the act of terrorism was caused by Jews rather than by Muslim fundamentalists.

    No Jews had died in the attack, the...