The Fordham Ram

The Art of Writing

April 9, 2014

By JOHN BONAZZO COLUMNIST Even people who write for a living aren’t sure you can learn to do it in college. That was one of the many lessons imparted by Chad Harbach, the author of The Art of Fielding, one of my favorite books, during an appearance in Trumbull, Conn. on Sunday afternoon. What was the author of one of the best-reviewed novels of the past few years doing in my suburban hometown last weekend?  Well, hi...

Aladdin Restores Disney’s Magic

March 26, 2014

By JOHN BONAZZO STAFF WRITER My inner child came roaring back to life over spring break. The engine for this rebirth was the breathtaking new musical Aladdin. The best Disney theatrical production since The Lion King, it makes up for all the lesser children’s shows that followed. Many of you have undoubtedly seen the movie, but here is just a quick plot refresher to start: “street rat” Aladdin runs into princes...

TOP’s ‘Henry IV’ Brings Shakespearean History to Life

March 8, 2014

BY JOHN BONAZZO THEATRE CRITIC Having mounted successful productions of Shakespeare’s tragedies and comedies in recent years, Theatrical Outreach Program (TOP) is now tackling Henry IV, one of the ...

FET’s “My Personal Hell” Is a Slice of Heaven

FET’s “My Personal Hell” Is a Slice of Heaven

February 20, 2014

BY JOHN BONAZZO THEATRE CRITIC Any play that includes the line “He’s deader than a Puritan bedroom” would get points for originality if nothing else. Thankfully, My Personal Hell, student playw...

2014 Oscar Predictions

February 19, 2014

By JOHN BONAZZO COLUMNIST This Oscar season has been the most competitive in years. Many films have jockeyed for Best Picture over the past few months, and some early favorites for the acting prizes have been brushed aside in favor of new talent. As this is the last issue of The Fordham Ram before the Oscars, here I offer my predictions for the 86th Academy Awards, airing March 2 on ABC.   Best Picture: Gravity   Best Actor: ...

A Monument to Art Preservation

February 12, 2014

By JOHN BONAZZO COLUMNIST I walked into The Monuments Men expecting a rip-roaring adventure tale. I got that, and so much more. Judged purely on its merits as a film, Monuments is terrific entertainment.  The studio made the smart decision to release the movie in February, rather than during the awards season, when it would have gotten lost in the shuffle. George Clooney directed the film and he and Grant Heslov wrote the...

Russians Get Frosty Reception in U.S. Pop Culture

Russians Get Frosty Reception in U.S. Pop Culture

February 5, 2014

By JOHN BONAZZO STAFF WRITER “They tried to make me go to rehab, but I said, ‘Is it warm?’” That was the reworked version of Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” that Olya Povlatsky sang on the Jan. 25 episode of ...

Oscar Snubs A-listers

January 22, 2014

By JOHN BONAZZO COLUMNIST Oscar, I love you, but you’re bringing me down. The nominations for the 86th annual Academy Awards did feature some welcomed surprises. For example, it was great to see a small film like Philomena nominated for Best Picture. However, the number of A-list actors it ignored overshadowed the Academy’s good decisions this year. The reasons for these snubs vary, but they should not stop you from...

‘Last Vegas’ in Review

‘Last Vegas’ in Review

November 13, 2013

By JOHN BONAZZO STAFF WRITER While it may not be the most sophisticated comedy of the year, and does not rank among the best work for any of its stars, Last Vegas is still a funny night out with...

Irony Abounds in New Mimes Show

Irony Abounds in New Mimes Show

November 13, 2013

By JOHN BONAZZO STAFF WRITER The Mimes and Mummers faced a seemingly insurmountable obstacle when the rights to their planned second slot show, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, were revoked less ...

Mimes’ ‘Legally Blonde’ Showcases Fresh and Veteran Talent Alike

October 9, 2013

By JOHN BONAZZO STAFF WRITER When the curtain first rises on the Mimes and Mummers’ latest production of Legally Blonde, a sense of dread may overtake more jaded theatregoers. Framed in shadow, a gaggle of teenage girls hold fashion accessories and glossy magazines. When they start singing the opening number, a catchy tribute to consumerism — “Omigod You Guys” — the feeling that you are watching a brainless, cand...

Beware the Premature Oscar Predictions

Beware the Premature Oscar Predictions

September 25, 2013

By JOHN BONAZZO STAFF WRITER Every year Oscar predictions are made earlier and earlier. Every week between September and December, some prestigious new picture opens and is instantly crowned the clear favorite. This seemed to reach its apex last year, when films like Lincol...

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