March 7, 1999 |
"No hurt, no help," says massage therapist Moeul Neak with an infectious, high-pitched giggle. "I'm not kidding." Neak's specialty--"deep tissue to get the blood moving"--has made him the masseur du jour at the tony Burke Williams spa on Sunset Boulevard. Not only is Neak booked two weeks in advance, his clients include Elizabeth Hurley, Gabriel Byrne and D.W. Moffett. But there's no preferential pummeling here.
October 4, 2009 |
The Coen brothers' new movie, "A Serious Man," opens with a piece of advice from medieval French rabbi Rashi: "Receive with simplicity everything that happens to you." Fast forward to the film's long-suffering hero, physics professor Larry Gopnik, who would really like to heed those words, but after entering a world of pain and enduring a series of misfortunes that would put Job to shame, Larry needs answers, not proverbs. What did he do to deserve all this? And why does he seem so suddenly alone in a cruel, cruel world?
November 8, 1996 |
Larry Bishop, the writer, director, co-producer and featured performer of the gangster farce "Mad Dog Time," is the son of comedian Joey Bishop, and was in his teens when his dad and his pals Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford--the "Rat Pack"--were in the prime of their middle-age adolescence.
September 10, 1994 |
"Trial by Jury," an absorbing and ingenious courtroom drama/lady-in-distress thriller, is all the more entertaining for having successfully made consistently plausible the increasingly improbable. It's the kind of film that requires star authority to bring it off, and it receives it in abundance from Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, in perhaps her best big-screen role since playing Christine Keeler in "Scandal," the 1989 retelling of Britain's Profumo affair.
November 22, 1995 |
There's a natural diminishment that occurs in the transference of autobiography to movie, just because so much about memoir has to do with personality. And personality on film, as we all know, is the exclusive domain of the actor. So it was Michael Lindsay-Hogg's good fortune to have found and cast Corban Walker and Alan Pentony, two dwarfs who'd never acted before, as the older and younger versions of the title character in "Frankie Starlight."
July 12, 1991 |
Disregard "Dark Obsession's" trite movie-of-the week title: Lurking behind it is a nifty drama of psychological suspense marking the fiction feature debut of director Nick Broomfield, best known for collaborating with Joan Churchill on such well-respected documentaries as "Tattooed Tears" and "Soldier Girl."
July 11, 1992 |
In Ralph Bakshi's new animated feature, "Cool World," cartoonist Jack Deebs (Gabriel Byrne) enters into a cartoon world of his own devising. It's a resonant theme: Jack encounters a universe of animated "doodles"--cartoon characters--and gets high on the wildness and strangeness of what popped out of his imagination. This is how all artists must feel at times about their own creations; their imaginary characters are a part of them and yet they're alien, uncontrollable.
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August 21, 1997 |
State Sen. Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica) will sign copies of his new book, "Irish Hunger," tonight at Martinez Books and Art in Santa Ana. Hayden edited the compilation of personal reflections on the legacy of the Irish famine by such notables as columnist Jimmy Breslin, actor Gabriel Byrne and authors Peggy O'Brian and Ray Yeates. Ruben Martinez said he's delighted to help Hayden introduce the book of Irish authors at his store at 200 N. Main St. The book signing is free and begins at 6:30 p.m.
March 25, 2004 |
Seeking to tap the lucrative action-thriller-urban genre audience, specialized film label Focus Features is launching Rogue Pictures to handle those broad-appeal films at some remove from the artier, more sophisticated fare offered by the distributor of Academy Award winners "Lost in Translation" and "The Pianist." Dimension Films, the genre division of Miramax Films, is the model for Rogue.