April 20, 1988 |
'Reflections' Yugoslavia, 1987, 102 minutes , 10 p.m. A thriller where the villains are both Stalinism and the subconscious. A repressed pianist is driven to frenzies by his sexy blonde fellow teacher. The bloody cadenzas rival U.S. slasher films, and director Goran Markovic is good at erotic desperation--but his political satire is far lighter stuff.
October 5, 1997 |
Officially the country that still calls itself Yugoslavia is putting on a brave face. It took a booth in the international marketplace at the Cannes Film Festival and handed out a glossy booklet titled "Yugoslav Film: Culture of the Impossible." But to talk with directors from Belgrade is to hear the voice of depression and despair. They are shocked, of course, at the carnage that has swept their country.
January 18, 1988 |
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Contemporary Documentary Series continues Tuesday at 8 p.m. in UCLA's Melnitz Theater with a pair of stunners, David Bradbury's "Chile: Hasta Cuando?" (1986) and Sturla Gunnarsson's "Final Offer" (1986). "Final Offer" is that rarity, a documentary of an event as it is unfolding, which means that in this instance it plays like a nonfiction suspense film.
December 26, 1993 |
What a difference a year makes. True, 1992 wasn't quite as grim as 1991, when finding 10 films remotely worth putting on a list was a feat in itself. Last year was more like a crack sports team without a bench, strong in the starting positions but lacking in the kind of depth, especially where Hollywood films were concerned, that makes for a memorable 12 months. This year, the problem with constructing a 10-best list is not deciding what to put on but what to leave off.