Kelly Jane Torrance

Kelly Jane Torrance is assistant managing editor at The Weekly Standard. She is also film critic of The Washington Examiner. Her work has also been published in, among other venues, the Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Diego Union-Tribune, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, New York Sun, and New Criterion. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of British Columbia.

Stories by Kelly Jane Torrance

Arts in the Afternoon: Trash-Talking

03:27 PM, May 13, 2011
It's official: Ashton Kutcher is replacing Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men . Though really, no one could actually replace the singular Sheen... "Pages on Facebook are ugly and horrible." No, that's not an employee of Google speaking after news broke that Facebook hired a PR firm... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: National Pastimes

04:19 PM, May 12, 2011
The Library of Congress has opened a "National Jukebox" on the Internet. It has more than 10,000 recordings and more are on the way, in genres from classical to Tin Pan Alley. But heed the LoC's disclaimer: "WARNING: Historical recordings may contain offensive language." The building that... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: The Voice

04:06 PM, May 11, 2011
The J. Paul Getty Trust, the world's richest art organization, has a new president : James Cuno, director of the Art Institute of Chicago. And New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has a new chairman: real estate developer Daniel Brodsky, who tells the New York Times that he doesn't... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: Whither Television?

01:04 PM, May 10, 2011
Television ownership in America is down for the first time in two decades. Your first thought will be that the Internet is killing the boxes, but as the piece pointed out, the digital conversation had the effect of making many go without. The Telegraph asks a question few others are posing... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: Visual Arts

04:01 PM, May 05, 2011
Director Kenneth Branagh explains why his comic book adaptation Thor , which opens this Friday, is not so different from his Shakespeare films. And he compares it to the royal wedding. Covering Lolita : more than 150 book jacket designs for Nabokov's masterpiece. Amazon is suing the... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: Portion Control

04:00 PM, May 04, 2011 debuts Friday. The comedian has assembled over a thousand clips from his standup career. But they'll be made available just three videos at a time. His rationale?  “Burger King now has a burger where you decide how many patties. How disgusting is that? That’s the problem... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: Power and Money

04:01 PM, May 03, 2011
"NEA Research Director Sunil Iyengar said the fact that performing arts ticket revenue is bigger than movie ticket sales will surprise many people ."  Not those who know that movie tickets are around $10, and a night at the opera can start at $100. Another story on the study conducted by... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: Ding Dong, the Witch Is Dead

01:26 PM, May 02, 2011
Movie critic Dan Kois admits that he hates watching films "that are good for you." Which raises the question: Should someone who admits their tastes are anything but sophisticated be given the job of film critic? Another question: Should someone who hates mainstream films be given the job of... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: The Royal Wedding

02:45 PM, Apr 29, 2011
"High-culture unions that fight to hang on to an untenable status quo are shooting themselves in the head." Culture critic Terry Teachout writes a piece on the future of high art in America. It wouldn't have motivated Borges -- Argentina considers offering writers pensions . NBC's... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: New and Old

03:16 PM, Apr 28, 2011
Read the books that have shaped the books of Ian McEwan, one of our best contemporary novelists. Sir Christopher Lee, about to film The Hobbit , talks about new media . Yes, that's the 88-year-old actor. A company started by two former Apple employees to turn books into iPad and... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: Special Canadian Edition

03:07 PM, Apr 27, 2011
Globe and Mail television critic John Doyle notes that Laurence C. Smith's book, The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future , posits that northern countries will soon rule the world as a result of global warming, water shortages, and the need for oil. This spells... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: Win Some, Lose Some

02:21 PM, Apr 26, 2011
The Spectator across the pond has taken inspiration from Washington. It offered a competition based on the Post 's for the most "toe-curlingly bad analogies." The winners are here -- though I actually think this one is quite good: "The accountant had the world-weary air of a ferret that had... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: The Living Obituary

01:38 PM, Apr 25, 2011
The love affair of Martin Amis and Christopher Hitchens continues. Amis has a long piece in the Guardian , discussing life and death, everything from the Hitch's way with women to his (unfortunate) love of puns. "The rebel is in fact a very rare type. In my whole life I have known only two... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: 'Friday'-Free Friday

04:04 PM, Apr 15, 2011
The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art opens the first major American exhibit on graffiti -- and promptly the neighborhood becomes victim to more graffiti. A grade-school poem written by David Foster Wallace is published in the Guardian . Can a shopping list be far behind?... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: The Creative Process

03:16 PM, Apr 14, 2011
The May issue of the Atlantic features a new story by Stephen King. As part of its package on "How Genius Works," the magazine spoke to the master of horror about his creative process . ABC cancels two soaps -- All My Children and One Life to Live -- to make room for two more... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: Lost and Found

02:15 PM, Apr 13, 2011
Did  NPR and PBS win the budget battle ? The American Library Association has released its annual list of the most challenged library books. I'm guessing youngsters will find another way to read the bestselling Twilight . More antiquities looted during the Egyptian protests have... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: International Edition

03:06 PM, Apr 12, 2011
More on Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, jailed by the regime a week ago: Communist officials first accused him of "economic crimes." Now they're charging obscenity and plagiarism . In his last interview before his arrest, he described the surveillance state under which he and other dissidents live.... Read more

'Hanna' Rests on Ronan's Narrow Shoulders

05:00 PM, Apr 11, 2011
Kelly Jane Torrance reviews Joe Wright's new movie,  Hanna : Films are sometimes described as "vehicles" for the big names that headline them. "Arthur," the remake of the 1981 film that opened this weekend, was made simply to showcase the outsize personality of Russell Brand.... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: American Greats

12:42 PM, Apr 11, 2011
Putting the greats on American Idol : Mischievious tricksters  post David Foster Wallace's and Henri Cartier-Bresson's work as their own and watch the comments flow in. See legendary New Yorker editor William Shawn’s edits of Hannah Arendt's “Eichmann in Jerusalem." RIP, Sidney... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: Belt-Tightening Edition

01:22 PM, Apr 08, 2011
Even rock stars have to trim their budgets these days. After last summer's disappointing concert season, bands are lowering ticket prices and finding ways to tour on the cheap. A look ahead. The New York City Opera, which has been a troubled company for years, has announced it will not... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: China's Censorship

03:44 PM, Apr 07, 2011
Tax tips from David Foster Wallace . GalleyCat reads The Pale King , the unfinished novel about IRS agents now postumously published, and shares the findings. Some seem obvious, but others aren't. Who knew auditors look for divorces? China has now announced why officials have arrested... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: Crimes Against Art

01:31 PM, Apr 06, 2011
Is Paul Gauguin, proto-primitivist, evil? One crazy woman, who allegedly tried to rip one of his paintings from the wall where it is now on display at the National Gallery of Art, thinks so. "It was a taboo in Jordan, you cannot draw the king in a cartoon,"  says a Jordanian... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: Missing

01:41 PM, Apr 05, 2011
China's best known artist, Ai Weiwei, is still missing after being taken by Chinese police. Some of us play classical music because we find it transcendent . Others -- like owners of shopping malls and restaurants -- play it because it keeps the kids away . Dali, anti-Semitism, and... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: Movin' On

04:21 PM, Apr 04, 2011
Ballet is dying , says the head of Britain's top dance venue. (To learn about the art form's past -- and another possible future -- read George B. Stauffer's review of Apollo's Angels in the latest issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.) Martin Amis is moving to the United States to be closer... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: It's Friday! (Again)

03:27 PM, Apr 01, 2011
Baseball guru Bill James asks : "Why are we so good at developing athletes and so lousy at developing writers?" Amazon is clearly ready to move further into book publishing. The online retailer partnered with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to make a bid over $2 million for four novels by... Read more

At the Movies This Weekend: Source Code, Super and Happythankyoumoreplease

02:59 PM, Apr 01, 2011
THE WEEKLY STANDARD's own Kelly Jane Torrance reviews three new films for The Washington Examiner . First up, is the sci-fi thriller Source Code : Duncan Jones made a name for himself in movieland with his 2009 debut, "Moon." Of course, Jones' name itself is something of a story. The... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: Letting Go

03:02 PM, Mar 31, 2011
Some Indian states have banned a new biography of Mahatma Gandhi after U.S. and U.K. reviews carried the implication that the revered leader had a sexual relationship with German-Jewish bodybuilder Hermann Kallenbach. Homosexuality was only decriminalized in India in 2009. " The Pale King... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: Book Prizes and Clubs

12:42 PM, Mar 30, 2011
Hollywood loves writer's block more than it likes writers who write. Laura Miller thinks the recent flick Limitless is implausible. But does she have a solution? "Yes. It's called a mortgage." The shortlist for the Man Booker International Prize has been announced . The chair of the... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: Edits and Cuts

02:00 PM, Mar 29, 2011
Hollywood loves a controversy: Ballerina Sarah Lane says that Natalie Portman only danced about five percent of the full-body shots in Black Swan , for which the actress was given an Oscar. Director Darren Aronofsky responded that Portman danced in about 90 percent of the shots. In any case,... Read more

Arts in the Afternoon: Judgment Is Everywhere

01:22 PM, Mar 28, 2011
Washington institution Politics and Prose has settled on a buyer . The owners of the bookstore insisted they would only sell to someone with whom they felt comfortable. That's turned out to be a Bethesda couple, both of whom worked for the Washington Post and various Democrats. Time... Read more