Entries by Jay Ruud

First Man

First Man Damien Chazelle (2018) So the last time that director Damien Chazelle and lead actor Ryan Gosling got together they gave us La La Land, an interesting and imaginative new take on the Hollywood musical that was entertaining though hardly deserving of all the critical hype it engendered. Their newest effort, the story of […]

The Purple Cow

Review No. 130: The Purple Cow 1055 Ellis Avenue (501) 205-4211 59.1 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation He Said: Ruud2 was in town on a Saturday morning for her rehearsal for the upcoming Red Curtain Theater production of The Rocky Horror Show, and she’d brought her 4-year-old twins and her 40-something-year-old-husband Gerry […]

A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born Bradley Cooper (2018) Why, I ask myself, has this well-worn story of an up-and-coming star married to a crashing-and-burning one been so popular (for more than eighty years) that Hollywood has turned it into a popular movie on four separate occasions—and nobody’s complaining? I suppose the simplest answer is that it’s […]

Whole Hog Cafe

Review No. 129: Whole Hog Cafe 150 East Oak 501-513-0600 58.6 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation She Said: After a pretty active morning (walking the dogs, a run on the treadmill and my adult ballet class), I was hungry and decided it was time for us to dine at Whole Hog Café […]

The Wife

The Wife Björn Runge (2018) Swedish director Björn Runge’s current film The Wife was adapted from a novel of the same name by Meg Wolitzer, but as you watch the movie you’ll be surprised it wasn’t adapted from a play. It has all the earmarks of such an adaptation, relying pretty exclusively on dialogue rather than […]

Poke Hula

Review No. 128: Poke Hula 1115 West Oak Street (501) 505-8300 58.1 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation He Said:This Hawaiian eatery is one of the newer restaurants in Conway, though it’s not especially new to central Arkansas: There are three locations in Little Rock, and Conwegians familiar with those Little Rock restaurants […]

White Boy Rick

White Boy Rick Yann Demange (2018) Rick Wershe, Jr., the protagonist of the new film White Boy Rick, was a Detroit drug dealer and FBI informant who as a minor (aged 17) was sent to prison on a life sentence for the possession of eight kilograms of cocaine. The sentencing took place in 1988 under […]