November 5, 2004 |
Things have changed since 1966, and Charles Shyer's remake of "Alfie" reminds us of just how much. The urban morality fable that presented Michael Caine as a predatory Cockney womanizer at the dawn of the Playboy era played like a warning label on the sexual revolution. Compared to the original, the new "Alfie," which stars an adorably tousled, twinkly eyed Jude Law as a British limo driver in Manhattan, is a bright gumball skittering across a marble floor.
January 18, 2004 |
It's a weary group staring at what can only be described as a legless limo. The top half of the black car sits in a processing house deep in Brooklyn, and it poses a problem that has kept Susan Sarandon, Jude Law, director Charles Shyer and others waiting for hours. They are in their final days of filming a remake of "Alfie," and the mirror that was custom-made to aid in shooting the action in the limo's back seat isn't working. Now they have to rig up a replacement.
April 25, 2003 |
Self-centered cad? He certainly is that. Yet in his self-assured, unapologetic way, he is also irresistible -- a duality that puts some bite in the title character of the play turned popular mid-'60s movie "Alfie." Nostalgia buffs may enjoy a revival of the late Bill Naughton's play at the Met Theatre, which showcases an appealing performance by Adrian Neil as the womanizing Alfie. But beware the exasperation factor.
February 27, 2000
I'm delighted to see coverage of Alfie Kohn's organizing against "teaching to the test" ("Crusader Argues School Reforms Hinder Learning," Feb. 22). I have no quarrel with standards used as guidelines for a knowledge base, but the frantic rush to narrowly foxcus on standards-based teaching has sucked the life out of the classroom and straitjacketed teachers. One teacher told me that every minute of her day is dictated by the standards; someone comes in to check on her, and she'd better be teaching what is in the standards at that moment.
April 26, 1999 |
Crawl, run or otherwise bolt the room to avoid "Mr. Murder," a feeble and far-fetched yarn airing in two parts tonight and Thursday on ABC. Based on a novel by Dean Koontz, this none-too-thrilling thriller revolves around a covert genetic experiment that results in a "perfect" soldier who assassinates anyone posing a threat to high-level government heels, including his twisted "father" (Thomas Haden Church).
May 31, 1998 |
This engrossing, wrenching 1994 film takes us to an early '60s Dublin neighborhood, where a jolly bus conductor, Alfie (Albert Finney, pictured) entertains his riders, regulars all, with impassioned recitations from his favorite author, Oscar Wilde. At his local church he has staged "The Importance of Being Earnest" with his passengers and neighbors and now he wants to tackle "Salome." (BRAVO Friday at 1:15 p.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m.).