October 25, 2009 |
Samuel Fuller was a director with a signature style: blunt verging on brutal, partial to shock cuts and mega close-ups. As a screenwriter, this former crime reporter was no less distinctive, favoring hot-button issues and hard-boiled repartee. A superb new seven-disc set, "The Samuel Fuller Collection" ($79.95, Sony, out Tuesday), which contains two films written and directed by Fuller and five earlier efforts on which he has a writing or story credit, is an intriguing auteurist study that shows the Fuller personality both as the driving force of a film and as an (often powerful)
November 6, 2005 |
50 CENT is about to walk a mile -- or is it eight? -- in the shoes of his mentor, Eminem. The rapper with the monetary moniker is both the star and the story of "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," which opens Wednesday, and he doesn't mind comparisons to "8 Mile," the 2002 film that put Eminem in theaters.
October 7, 2005 |
A slow journey into the deepest heart of the smart-versus-pretty conundrum, Curtis Hanson's "In Her Shoes" explores the benighted bond between a frumpish workaholic lawyer named Rose Feller (Toni Collette) and her beautiful, reckless sex monkey of a sister, Maggie (Cameron Diaz). With nothing in common but their shoe size and low self-esteem, the sisters must break apart to come together again, redeemed by the love of a good man and a wise grandmother.
November 8, 2002 |
How angry is Eminem, the brooding dark prince of perpetually aggrieved sensitivity? Let us count the ways. Angry enough to sell 30 million albums, a record for rap. Angry enough to outrage guardians of public decency and allow every disaffected teenager in America to slipstream on his inextinguishable hostility.
August 13, 2001 |
One of the few glories of the year 2000 in movies was the scruffy perfection of Curtis Hanson's "Wonder Boys," a poignant comedy about Pittsburgh-based writers and academics--notably novelist and creative writing professor Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) and his protege, James Leer (Tobey Maguire)--who stumble toward the instincts that will set them free.
January 10, 2001 |
This is the season for Academy Award predictions, with a string of film-critic groups kicking off the race for the gold statue by announcing their picks. And, it's the season for Curtis Hanson, who directed the much-nominated "L.A. Confidential" and this season's contender, "Wonder Boys," to take all the Oscar prognosticating with a grain of salt and shot of wry.