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June 15, 1997 | Steve Hochman
Putting people in peril is Jan De Bont's specialty. But the Dutch-born director of "Speed," "Twister" and "Speed 2: Cruise Control," which opened Friday, fears that if more stories aren't as impressive as their film's special effects, the action-movie genre could be in peril. Now, the 52-year-old filmmaker is looking forward to some post-movie inaction at his Brentwood home with his wife and two young children. ACTION!: "I think we're going to see a temporary step downward.
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June 15, 1997 | Steve Hochman
Putting people in peril is Jan De Bont's specialty. But the Dutch-born director of "Speed," "Twister" and "Speed 2: Cruise Control," which opened Friday, fears that if more stories aren't as impressive as their film's special effects, the action-movie genre could be in peril. Now, the 52-year-old filmmaker is looking forward to some post-movie inaction at his Brentwood home with his wife and two young children. ACTION!: "I think we're going to see a temporary step downward.
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June 10, 1994 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Action directing is a put-up-or-shut-up game, a skill that can't be faked or finessed; even a 10-year-old can tell if you've got it or not. And on the evidence of the invigorating "Speed," Jan De Bont has definitely got it. Though this story of a mad bomber versus the LAPD's stalwart SWAT team is De Bont's first film as a director, he has not exactly come out of nowhere.
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June 10, 1994 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Action directing is a put-up-or-shut-up game, a skill that can't be faked or finessed; even a 10-year-old can tell if you've got it or not. And on the evidence of the invigorating "Speed," Jan De Bont has definitely got it. Though this story of a mad bomber versus the LAPD's stalwart SWAT team is De Bont's first film as a director, he has not exactly come out of nowhere.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2008 | Geoff Boucher; Chris Lee; Mark Olsen; Rachel Abramowitz; Scott Timberg; Patrick Day; Kenneth Turan
The 25 best L.A. films of the last 25 years "Los ANGELES isn't a real city," people have said, "it just plays one on camera." It was a clever line once upon a time, but all that has changed. Los Angeles is the most complicated community in America -- make no mistake, it is a community -- and over the last 25 years, it has been both celebrated and savaged on the big screen with amazing efficacy. Damaged souls and flawless weather, canyon love and beach city menace, homeboys and credit card girls, freeways and fedoras, power lines and palm trees . . . again and again, moviegoers all over the world have sat in the dark and stared up at our Los Angeles, even if it was one populated by corrupt cops or a jabbering cartoon rabbit.
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March 30, 1997 | Kenneth Turan
"Twister," Jan De Bont's 1996 follow-up to "Speed," benefits from awesome special-effects work, actual tornado footage and eye-widening physical stunts. But "Twister" is helped considerably by shrewd and successful casting. Stars Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton (pictured) are winning performers of the type audiences inevitably warm to, and together they give the film a level of empathy it would never have earned without them (HBO Saturday at 8 p.m.).
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July 21, 1996 | Kenneth Turan
In this 1994 blockbuster, veteran cinematographer Jan De Bont shows he has what it takes to be an action director. A diabolical Dennis Hopper has rigged up deadly explosives that will detonate if a runaway bus on a crowded freeway is allowed to go under 50 mph. It's quite a dilemma for leap-before-you-look hero Keanu Reeves (pictured) and his SWAT team pals--not to mention passenger Sandra Bullock (pictured), who ends up at the steering wheel (HBO early Tuesday at 2:30 a.m. and Thursday at 8 p.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 1997 | From Associated Press
"Speed 2: Cruise Control" topped the box office in its debut weekend but earned only $1 million more than rival blockbuster "Con Air" did in its second weekend, industry sources estimated Sunday. The "Speed" sequel earned $16.2 million and could drop sharply next weekend, when "Batman & Robin" opens. Starring Sandra Bullock and Jason Patric as passengers aboard a hijacked cruise ship, Jan De Bont's directorial debut has been estimated to have cost between $120 million and $145 million.
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August 4, 1994 | GEOFF BOUCHER
Thirteen years before he cashed in with the slick "Basic Instinct," Dutch director Paul Verhoeven created a similar but far more disturbing exploration of sexual obsession and murder with "The Fourth Man." Author Gerard Reve (Jeroen Krabbe) is fascinated with death and haunted by nightmares and delusions. He used to be able to tame the dark visions and use them as inspiration for his novels, but now he senses they may signal his own demise.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 1999
For every "reworking" of a film that works (Nora Ephron's "You've Got Mail" comes to mind) there seem to be more than a handful of duds ("The Avengers," "Mod Squad," "Godzilla') that the paying audience has to painfully sift through ("They're 'Reworkings' Not 'Remakes,' " by Bill Desowitz, May 9). And the problem continues to escalate when you combine the material with talented and proven directors and casts, and it still fails to draw an audience and/or a profit (Gus Van Sant's shot-for-shot remake of "Psycho")
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