April 21, 2000 |
Despite its title, "Gossip" won't be able to count on good word of mouth, for loose lips will surely sink this silly, shallow melodrama that turns upon the havoc wreaked by rumor. It's a total waste of time and the talent of such proven film craftsmen as cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak and composer Graeme Revell, who strive mightily to create mood and suspense not provided in Gregory Poirier and Theresa Rebeck's heavily contrived script and Davis Guggenheim's flashy direction.
July 19, 1996 |
"Fled," which effectively teams Laurence Fishburne and Stephen Baldwin as runaway convicts, is a successful summer diversion, the kind of film you start forgetting the moment it's over but is fun while you're watching it. As a hard-action thriller it hasn't an iota of originality, but has been directed with style and energy by Kevin Hooks from a serviceable script by Preston A.
May 3, 1996 |
"The Craft" cleverly--and brutally--imagines what would happen if several unhappy girls at a fictional L.A. Catholic high school, declaring themselves witches, could actually tap into malevolent supernatural powers. The young women are naturally thrilled to even some scores, but predictably the whole thing gets out of hand in gory fashion, occasioning lots of gruesome, nightmarish special effects.
August 14, 2005 |
This Hidden Hills house was built in 1999 for film composer Graeme Revell and his wife, Sinan, and includes a recording facility among its long list of amenities. The New Zealand native, 49, is known for his blending of traditional ethnic music and sounds such as New Age effects, ghostly vocals and tribal percussion. He created some of these in the guesthouse-turned-studio at the Mediterranean-style home.
January 27, 1992 |
With "Love Crimes" (citywide), feminist filmmaker Lizzie Borden moves into the mainstream with a gritty, timely erotic thriller that is as provocative intellectually as sexually. In its consideration of edgy, often hostile contemporary relationships between men and women, it represents a natural progression from Borden's wryly perceptive documentary-like "Working Girls," set in a Manhattan bordello.
October 17, 2005 |
Studios routinely skip advance screenings of movies deemed risky or pointless to show critics, but "The Fog" needn't have been one of them. Yes, the fog itself looks pretty cheesy, as do the zombie-like mariners who inhabit it in their century-old quest for revenge. And the script from Cooper Layne contains your typical horror-flick lines that overstate the obvious, like: "That guy gives me the creeps," and, "Nick, ever since I came home, horrible things have been happening."