December 11, 1997 |
Do the rows and rows of new CD-ROM games have you completely flabbergasted? Maybe the sight of a familiar movie character would put you at ease when plunking down your hard-earned cash. Though film studios and game companies have rarely churned out much more than shallow shovelware, this holiday season shows a renewed effort to make movie-based games that include plot, acting and some decent gameplay.
February 2, 2008
Re "L.A. vision: a towering sign," Jan. 27 Regarding these giant electronic signs, five descriptive terms I noted in the article included futuristic, cinematic, art, beautiful and vision(ary). I suggest five other terms that more accurately apply, the same five that have always applied since the first billboards were erected: commercialism, intrusive, eyesore, blight and parasitic. I might consider rethinking these electronic billboards -- and that's all they are, high-tech billboards -- only if developer Sonny Astani agrees to plaster giant advertisements for beer and toilet paper across the exterior walls of his personal home.
October 20, 1991
Thank you for Kenneth Turan's tactful piece on the so-called director's cut of "Blade Runner" ("A Prime Cut," Oct. 13). I've been a fan of this film since I first saw it in England 10 years ago, and I'm disturbed by Warner Bros.' nonchalant treatment of what many consider to be a landmark work. We should be grateful for any effort to restore and preserve our film heritage. But if Warner Bros. cares so much about preservation, why does this print look so dull? What happened to the incredible visuals that were the heart and soul of this film?
July 4, 2008 |
Missing footage from Fritz Lang's classic 1927 film "Metropolis" has been discovered in a small museum in Argentina. "We were overjoyed when we heard about the find," said Helmut Possmann, head of the German foundation that owns the rights to the silent film. "We no longer believed we'd see this. Time and again we had had calls about supposed footage but were disappointed." With its cold, monumental vision of mechanized society, "Metropolis" forged a template for generations of science-fiction cinema, and its enduring influence has been cited on films from "Blade Runner" to "Fahrenheit 451" and "Star Wars."
June 19, 2002 |
It has been 20 years since the seminal sci-fi film "Blade Runner" first burst on the scene with its cyberpunk prophecy of a dehumanized 21st century. The dark and dank depiction of L.A. as a technological wonder and existential wasteland--part noir and part sci-fi--may owe its aesthetic to director Ridley Scott, but its vision is that of the late author Philip K. Dick. It was Dick who was responsible for the thrust of this much imitated paranoid parable: What is reality?
February 2, 2003 |
Ridley Scott really isn't a braggart, but he sheepishly admits he tends to sound "extraordinarily self-confident" whenever he records commentary tracks for the DVD editions of his films. It's just that he isn't the kind of director who dwells in should-haves. Or, in the case of his latest film to be released on DVD, the groundbreaking 1991 feminist drama "Thelma & Louise," he had nothing at all new to add.
March 19, 2010 |
Plenty of interior body parts are forcibly removed from reluctant humans in the violent, futuristic action film "Repo Men." Kidneys, hearts, livers, all high-tech and artificial, are taken out and, in the movie's cautionary premise, rented to the medically needy at usury-friendly rates by a nasty corporation called the Union. But there's a key organ missing from the movie itself: a brain. In its place is a memory bank of other, better movies. That's a shame because creeping around the edges of "Repo Men" is the potential for a funky and prescient piece of gory dystopian satire.