April 24, 1999 |
Not exactly a western, Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Durango," Sunday on CBS, celebrates courage and self-reliance in a saga with an attractive hero (Matt Keeslar) who rides tall in the saddle and, sure enough, doesn't seem to cotton much to the mushy stuff. Based on John B. Keane's novel, the play is set in pre-World War II Ireland, where determined young farmer Mark Doran (Keeslar) leads neighbors on a cattle drive to confound the unscrupulous, low-balling village beef buyer.
June 15, 1990 |
THIS WEEK'S MOVIES The next time you think you've got it tough, rent "My Left Foot" (HBO, $89.99, R) and watch Daniel Day-Lewis' brilliant portrayal of Christy Brown, an Irishman who didn't let cerebral palsy keep him from painting and writing--with one foot. The Oscar-winning performance and the encouraging story are only two of this excellent film's qualities.
December 27, 1989 |
"Born on the Fourth of July," "Glory" and "When Harry Met Sally . . . " scored the most honors in Golden Globe nominations announced today by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. The modern romance comedy and the two war-oriented films--one about Vietnam, the other on the Civil War--were nominated five times each. They were followed by "Dead Poets Society," "Do the Right Thing" and "The Little Mermaid" with four nominations apiece.
March 28, 1990 |
Even the losers were jubilant at the Academy Awards' Board of Governors Ball following the Oscar marathon Monday night. Robin Williams said it was "worth the price of admission" to sing "Happy Birthday" to director Akira Kurosawa. Spike Lee had a friend take his picture with Danny Aiello, Denzel Washington and Martin Scorsese. Ron Kovic said being nominated "was more than an Oscar triumph: It was a human triumph."
June 12, 1993 |
Seldom has Catholicism been dramatized with such uncompromising, lively and illuminating focus as in the absorbing six-hour miniseries from Down Under "Brides of Christ." The Australian production, nominated for an international Emmy, airs in three parts over A&E: Sunday at 5 and 9 p.m., then Monday and Tuesday at 6 and 10 p.m. "The life of nuns has always been a mystery to those in the secular world," says hostess Jean Marsh in introducing the series.
November 13, 1991 |
"American Playhouse" is not normally associated with characters ripping apart recent American foreign policy. But in an unusual shift to a docudrama format, the Cambodian/New England refugee/orphan story "Lethal Innocence" dives into advocacy drama tonight (9 p.m. on KCET Channel 28 and KPBS Channel 15). On one level we're in the leafy midst of a heartwarming Vermont drama about an entire town adopting Cambodian refugee children in the mid-1980s.
April 22, 1999 |
This weekend, Chuck Norris returns from hiatus, David Duchovny goes behind the camera and "Masterpiece Theatre" presents a swashbuckling romance. The Disney Channel's nature series, "Going Wild With Jeff Corwin," tonight at 8:30, observes Earth Day with a visit to Monterey Bay. CBS' "Walker, Texas Ranger" returns to the network's Saturday lineup at 10 p.m. "The E! True Hollywood Story" looks at the life of controversial comic Lenny Bruce, Sunday at 8 p.m. on E! Entertainment Television.
April 28, 1991 |
Blair Brown, Teresa Wright and Brenda Fricker ("My Left Foot") are in New England filming "Lethal Innocence," a PBS "American Playhouse" based on the life story of a young Cambodian refugee boy who was rescued from the Khmer Rouge and adopted by an entire New England town. The drama will premiere later this year or in early 1992. TNT will pay tribute to Oscar-winning actor Henry Fonda with a retrospective featuring excerpts from his 47-year film career.
August 22, 1997
"Masterminds" has "teen product" stamped all over its shiny surface. It boasts a 16-year-old hero who looks as if he just came from a Seattle mosh pit. He's also way cooler and a whole lot smarter than the grown-ups, all of whom, of course, don't understand him. Power-amped guitar-fills are used to patch the spaces between action sequences. And, as seems to be the case with every movie released this summer, it loves to squeeze your insides with high-concept--and highly implausible--action.
December 22, 1994 |
"A Man of No Importance" takes us to an early '60s Dublin neighborhood, where a jolly bus conductor, Alfie (Albert Finney) entertains his riders, regulars all, with impassioned recitations from his favorite author, Oscar Wilde.