May 12, 2000 |
Bruno Barreto's "Bossa Nova" is too much of a good thing. It has the irresistible music of the film's title to set its seductive mood and pace, a Rio that glows with sensuality--and too many people and too many complications threatening to obscure the romantic comedy's main attraction: Amy Irving and major Brazilian star Anto^nio Fagundes. The chemistry is so right between these two charmers that we want to spend more time with them and less with some tedious types that clutter up the plot.
October 10, 1990
Amy Irving wasn't sure she wanted to return to the stage less than five months after giving birth, but the producers made her a deal she couldn't refuse. "My initial instinct was to say, 'No, I want to stay home with the ba" said the actress during break from Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "The Heidi Chronicles." As she spoke, she cradled 4 1/2-month-old Gabriel, her son with Brazilian director Bruno Barreto. Barreto directed Irving's recent film "Show of Force."
April 5, 1991 |
The UC Irvine Film Society's "Offbeat Comedy" film series: Tonight--"Love and Anarchy" (Italy, 1973), by Lina Wertmuller. April 12--"Yojimbo" (Japan, 1961), by Akira Kurosawa. April 19--"Something Wild" (U.S., 1986), by Jonathan Demme. April 26--"Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands" (Brazil, 1978), by Bruno Barreto. May 3--"This is Spinal Tap" (U.S., 1984), by Rob Reiner. May 10--"Lair of the White Worm" (Great Britain, 1988), by Ken Russell.
March 21, 2003 |
This crass, grimly unfunny comedy stars Gwyneth Paltrow as Donna Jensen, a small-town dreamer who hopes to fly high by becoming a flight attendant. As in so many Hollywood movies set in that vast stretch of nothing between the coasts, life seems terribly bleak in Silver Springs, Nev., where Donna sells rollaway suitcases without ever having stepped inside a plane.
October 9, 1998 |
"One Tough Cop" is one dull movie. Yet again we're presented with a fearless NYPD policeman (Stephen Baldwin) who may bend the rules but gets the job done time after time only to be reprimanded by the brass who then takes credit for his heroics. At the end of this predictable picture we're told that except for the former policeman Baldwin plays, Bo Dietl, everyone else is fictional, but this does not come exactly as a surprise.
April 25, 1991 |
Is a woman's ideal man a hybrid of the steady, dependable clerk and the passionate, unpredictable Romeo, the kind of guy who can put the kids to bed one moment and put his wife to bed the next? That's pretty much the idea behind "Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands," Bruno Barreto's sly adaptation of Jorge Amado's influential Brazilian novel.
May 26, 1990
In his May 14 review of "A Show of Force," Michael Wilmington questioned the historical accuracy of the film ("I haven't read Nelson's book, but I have my doubts . . ."). I have read Anne Nelson's book, as well as Manuel Suarez's definitive account of the cover-up investigation, and would like to certify that Wilmington was right on every count and then some. The Cerro Maravilla expose, as any Puerto Rican will tell you, was not the work of an individual journalist but of several; most prominently Suarez, Tomas Stella and Carmen Jovet.
August 28, 1990 |
With Warren Beatty, Mike and Judy Ovitz, and Dustin and Lisa Hoffman creating a bottleneck at the front door, Jo Ann Belson said she had learned something striking about Hollywood: "If you really ask for help, the people in this town respond. I mean, Hollywood is a great town, and it's a very generous town." The party was a fund-raiser for a pilot therapeutic program for severly handicapped children.
June 25, 1989 |
Eyewitness to Murder (Armritraj). Shooting in L.A. Thriller with Andrew Stevens protecting an artist who witnesses the murder of the gallery owner at one of her shows. It's tricky here because she's blinded during the homicide and must escape someone whom she cannot see, a la "Wait Until Dark." Executive producer Ahsok Armritraj. Producer Victor Bhalla. Director Jag Mundhra. Screenwriters Karen Baldwin and Michael Potts. Also stars Baldwin, Sherilyn Walter, Adrian Zmed and Carl Strano.
July 19, 1998
MOVIES Jim Abrahams & Co. attack "The Godfather" and its ilk with "Mafia!" The spoof stars the late Lloyd Bridges as a klutzy underworld kingpin who must choose either his psychotic son (Jay Mohr) or his war hero son (Billy Burke) to take over his reins of power. It opens Friday in general release. JAZZ Bill Holman's arrangements are crowded, dense and consistently fascinating--yet they always swing. The veteran arranger utilizes (out of necessity) some of the most skilled jazz musicians around.