April 5, 1993 |
The Scene: Beautiful downtown Burbank premiere of Fine Line Features' "Brady Bunch"-generation Angst film, "Bodies, Rest and Motion," at AMC Burbank 14 Thursday night. The party afterward was held at the low-budget furniture store Ikea, a subtlety lost on anyone over 30. * Who Was There: With the film being on the low-budget side, the event doubled as a cast-and-crew screening.
July 29, 1994 |
Charlie Lang (Nicolas Cage) is a New York cop with an overdose of decency. He's sweet and affable and he believes in keeping his word--he's like Forrest Gump with an elevated IQ. When Charlie finds himself in a diner short of a tip, he makes a pie-in-the-sky promise to his waitress (Bridget Fonda) to give her half of any possible winnings on his just-purchased lottery ticket.
May 15, 1992 |
The Scene: The benefit premiere Tuesday of Samuel Goldwyn Co.'s "The Waterdance" at the Cineplex Odeon. A party followed at the Twenty/20 Club. The revel with a cause benefited the Paralysis Project of America and Project Support for Spinal Cord Injury. Who Was There: The film's stars, Helen Hunt, Eric Stoltz and Bill Forsythe; directors Neal Jimenez and Michael Steinberg, and producers Gale Anne Hurd and Marie Cantin.
September 13, 1992 |
Offbeat director John Waters ("Polyester," "Hairspray") might seem an unlikely candidate to write/direct a film in the ever-predictable "Female Psychos From Hell Who Kill" genre. Imagine if Waters--the man who made Patty Hearst a movie star in "Cry-Baby"--had been the director of "Single White Female." Instead of a Bridget Fonda/Jennifer Jason Leigh pairing, Waters' sensibility might have leaned to a Lola Falana/Joey Heatherton combo.
February 14, 1992 |
These films have been recently released on video: "Double Impact" (Columbia TriStar, $93). One critic snidely noted that martial arts star Jean-Claude Van Damme playing twins gives him twice as many chances to show he can't act. Critical consensus about this box-office hit: too much chatter, not enough action. "Pure Luck" (MCA/Universal, $93). A slapstick-loaded, buddy action comedy about the search for a missing woman, featuring Martin Short and Danny Glover. It was generally ripped by critics.
January 22, 1991 |
Ironically, while the Sundance Institute is finishing a troubled year, its annual film festival 45 minutes away is booming. More than 2,000 people--equal to almost half of this resort town's population--are cramming the theaters, looking for the next "sex, lies, and videotape," which was discovered here two years ago, or "Metropolitan," which was discovered here last year.