April 22, 1997 |
It is a sunny morning in early April and Bryan Singer is slouching in his director's chair, anxiously waiting for the cast and crew of his latest film, "Apt Pupil," to reassemble for another take in front of an aging, aristocratic school hugging the foothills of Altadena. Singer, 31, is directing his first film since garnering widespread critical acclaim and Hollywood's attention with Gramercy Pictures' 1995 mystery-crime thriller "The Usual Suspects."
October 13, 1996 |
A fatalistic tale of power, betrayal, crime and punishment, spiced with just a whiff of romance, it is more than anything a polished exercise in pure virtuoso style. The key stylist is director Bryan Singer, backed by writer Christopher McQuarrie. The designated storyteller here, in a series of voice-over flashbacks that takes up most of the film, is Roger "Verbal" Kint (Kevin Spacey, pictured) (Showtime Tuesday at 9:30 p.m.).
March 16, 2008
"IRON MAN" looks great ["A Hero Complex," March 9]. Marvel Studios looks like a winner. But Geoff Boucher overlooked the single biggest reason for Marvel's rebirth in Hollywood: the highly rated, 1992-97 TV show, "X-Men: The Animated Series." For 30 years Marvel Comics had had no luck translating its "serious" vision to film or television. Networks and studios didn't get it, or it was dumbed down. Then Fox Kids TV executives Margaret Loesch and Sidney Iwanter pushed through and supervised the first series that respected the creations of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and their colleagues.
May 2, 2003 |
"X2" is 2 good 2 be 4-gotten. Brisk and involving with a streamlined forward propulsion, it's the kind of superhero movie we want if we have to have superhero movies at all. "X2: X-Men United" is also an improvement over the initial "X-Men" venture, yet, paradoxically, it wouldn't be as satisfying as it is if that first one hadn't existed.
July 14, 2000 |
To be a teenager is to feel different, misunderstood, perhaps even a bit of a mutant. It was the gift of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the creators of the Marvel comic decades ago, to realize with "X-Men" that conflicted twentysomething and teenage superheroes would tap into that universal "I don't belong" feeling and raise it to another level.
May 31, 2013 |
It's every parent's worst nightmare: the disappearance of a child. It's also the subject of the new movie "Prisoners," starring Hugh Jackman, Viola Davis and Jake Gyllenhaal. If there's any comfort to be gleaned from the trailer, it's that Jackman is on the warpath to find his girl after the efforts of cop Gyllenhaal are not proving very effective. Paul Dano plays the stringy-haired suspect that Jackman goes after on his own. This project has had a lot of fits and starts on its way to the big screen.