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November 25, 1993 | DOUG LIST
"The King of Marvin Gardens" opens dramatically with David Stabler (Jack Nicholson), host of a late-night radio show, telling his audience a story from his youth in which he and his brother sit wordlessly at the dinner table while their grandfather chokes to death. The story turns out to be a fabrication, yet it deftly illustrates the uncomfortable bond between the brothers that is the heart of the film.
March 4, 1990
I am writing in response to Spero Kessaris' Feb. 25 letter, in which he condemns director Bob Rafelson for suggesting that Sir Richard Burton, the hero of Rafelson's film "Mountains of the Moon," might have had a homosexual relationship with John Hanning Speke. Like Kessaris, I am a "Burtonophile," one of the secretive company who believes this great man of the 19th Century represents everything lacking from our world: an insatiable curiosity for the unknown, unbounded intellectual and physical courage, a swashbuckling style.
June 22, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
What's a Monkee doing on the lineup at a blues festival? Singing the blues, of course. That would be singer, guitarist, bassist and songwriter Peter Tork, who spends much of the time when he's not involved with latter-day Monkee business playing with his other band, Shoe Suede Blues, which is on the bill for this weekend's Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival . “I'm having a great time,” Tork, 69, told Pop & Hiss recently. “The drummer we have, Sturgis Cunningham, has such a lovely shuffle with a slightly modern edge to it -- between an oily Chicago blues shuffle and just a little bit of a more well-bound, slightly hip-hopier feel -- just the right combination.
Two decades ago, star Jack Nicholson, writer Carole Eastman, and director Bob Rafelson joined up on "Five Easy Pieces," a low-budget odyssey into the country's tormented Vietnam-era psyche, and it's no hype to say it helped change the face of American film--for the better. But the trio's newest collaboration, a little man-woman-and-dog Mulholland Drive romantic comedy called "Man Trouble" (citywide), isn't going to change any faces or key any eras.
February 21, 1997 | JOHN ANDERSON, FOR THE TIMES
Since their initial, countercultural collaboration--writing The Monkees' movie "Head"--Jack Nicholson and Bob Rafelson have certainly gone down different paths. But their occasional associations have composed a mini-ouevre all its own: "Five Easy Pieces" with its complex characterizations; "The King of Marvin Gardens" with its contrarian casting; "The Postman Always Rings Twice," with its deglamorized take on murder and adultery.
February 6, 1987 | SHEILA BENSON, Times Film Critic
"Black Widow" (citywide) sounds intriguing from the moment you hear the cast and the pitch-perfect premise: the obsession of one young woman (Debra Winger) with the life and crimes of another--an irresistible young seductress (Theresa Russell) who marries, then buries a succession of extremely rich men.
May 23, 2013 | By John Horn
Alexander Payne's new movie, “Nebraska,” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to largely favorable yet occasionally qualified reviews. The film focuses on an aging resident of Montana (Bruce Dern) who's convinced he's won $1 million in a sweepstakes and is determined to travel to a prize headquarters in Omaha to collect. His son (Will Forte) agrees to drive him, taking a side trip to the small Nebraska town where his father was born. PHOTOS: Cannes Film Festival 2013 Here's what some top critics thought of the film: Todd McCarthy in The Hollywood Reporter : A strong sense of a vanishing past holds sway over an illusory future in "Nebraska," Alexander Payne's wryly poignant and potent comic drama about the bereft state of things in America's oft-vaunted heartland.
December 5, 2003 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Michael Small, a film composer best known for his work on thrillers, including "Klute," "The Parallax View" and "Marathon Man," has died. He was 64. Small died of prostate cancer Nov. 25 in a hospital in New York City. Beginning with "Out of It," a 1969 teen movie co-starring Barry Gordon and Jon Voight, Small scored more than 50 movies and TV movies, including "The Stepford Wives," "The China Syndrome," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "Comes a Horseman," "Night Moves" and "Continental Divide."
Sunday "Inside the Actors Studio" / 6 and 9 p.m. Bravo The Oscar winner who gave an indelible performance as monstrous Hannibal Lecter chats with host James Lipton. Anthony Hopkins says he was "a bit of a loony kid" who became a thespian because he thought "it would be better than working for a living." The first time he heard about "The Silence of the Lambs," Hopkins thought it was "some children's hour sort of thing."
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