November 16, 2004
The Nov. 13 Times' editorial, "Private Ryan, Unsaved," is correct in explaining and condemning the removal by some ABC affiliates of the film "Saving Private Ryan." It does contain violence and profanity and does depict heroism and show that "war is hell." It is also true that the Federal Communications Commission failed to stand up against the shameful pressures of vigilante groups. What is missed is that "Saving Private Ryan," like "All Quiet on the Western Front," is not a war film.
November 24, 1991 |
Few actors are lucky enough to come up with a single role that informs the psyche of a generation or else slips into the cultural vernacular, like a Captain Queeg or a Vito Corleone. At 54, in a career that spans 23 movies, Dustin Hoffman has had at least four: in "The Graduate," "Midnight Cowboy," "Tootsie" and "Rain Man." The number goes up to five if you'll concede "Kramer vs.
September 8, 2002 |
I'm sorry Mama, I never meant to hurt you. I never meant to make you cry but tonight I'm cleaning out my closet. --Eminem As the young hero (Kieran Culkin) of "Igby Goes Down" is--how to put this delicately?--beating on his mother's (Susan Sarandon) corpse, he finally feels a moment of remorse: "Why is it the first time I feel remotely affectionate toward her is when she's dead?"
December 5, 1986 |
Of all the classic categories of movies, the misfits who must somehow be shaped into a fighting unit is one of the most durable. It's succeeded in everything from "The Dirty Dozen" to "Stripes." "Heartbreak Ridge" (citywide) reworks the formula again, and the reward is a vintage Clint Eastwood performance--in a film so uninvolving that you barely wake up for the big battle finale.
August 19, 1988 |
The executive director of a San Diego evangelical group said Thursday that member churches are planning to protest the opening today of Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ" at the AMC Fashion Valley 4 theater complex. The Rev. Jim Whitby, whose San Diego Evangelical Assn. represents about 240 San Diego churches, said peaceful protests are planned for all six showings of the Universal Pictures release today.
September 20, 2007 |
The deathless film "The Natural" resurfaced yet again this summer, when naïve commentators from small towns to syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer cited it while lauding Rick Ankiel's magical rebound from failed St. Louis Cardinals pitcher to Herculean St. Louis outfielder. As the latest incarnation of "The Natural," Ankiel qualified as a one-man antidote to a season of cynicism until the New York Daily News reported Sept.