May 13, 1989 |
Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio, the roly-poly marine who blew out the back of his skull in "Full Metal Jacket," really wants moviegoers to see his newest effort, "Signs of Life," but he offers some reservations. "It's not a very high-concept picture," says D'Onofrio of the molasses-paced drama set in a New England seaside village. "I don't think my generation is really going to go see it. I think they'll like 'Lethal Weapon 2' better, or the 'Indiana Jones' movie," laments the now slimmed-down 28-year-old.
December 27, 1987
Based on interviews with dozens of Hollywood insiders, Oscar campaigners, trade newspaper ads and bits of conversation overheard near the power tables at the Ivy restaurant and other industry hangouts, this is how the Oscar picture looks at the moment for the top categories: Category: Picture Shoo-ins "Broadcast News" "Empire of the Sun" "The Last Emperor" Contenders "Cry Freedom" "Hope and Glory" "Ironweed" "Moonstruck" "Nuts" Longshots "Full Metal Jacket" "The Untouchables"
July 26, 1987 |
Many people have wondered why Stanley Kubrick, the American movies' self-exiled perfectionist, turned to the Vietnam War for "Full Metal Jacket." Hadn't "Apocalypse Now," "The Deer Hunter," "Go Tell the Spartans" and, most tellingly, last year's "Platoon," scorched the cinematic earth on this subject? But, perhaps the agony of Vietnam was an inevitable subject for him.
July 5, 1987 |
Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" is shot through with a surgical sense of observation. Good documentary film makers have that sense, and it's no accident that Kubrick learned his craft making short non-fiction works on boxing ("Day of the Fight"), a New Mexican priest ("Flying Padre") and men of the sea ("The Seafarers"). In an earlier era, he would have made a fine reporter.
June 28, 1987 |
"You and me, God--right?" --Cpl. Joker in Gustav Hasford's "The Short-Timers" SHORT-TIMERS GUS HASFORD WAS HOME FROM THE MOVIE WARS, drinking a beer in Santa Monica. The heat had been fierce in the first week in June, but a late afternoon sea breeze had begun to play through the palms outside the windows, and in the distance you could see the hotel with the glass elevator where Lee Marvin threw one of his enemies off the roof in "Point Blank."