October 9, 1992 |
Upcoming on video: "Basic Instinct," "Thunderheart" and "Newsies" (Wednesday), "Batman Returns," "The Babe," "Shadows and Fog" and "The Cutting Edge" (Oct. 21), "Folks" (Oct. 22), "Beauty and the Beast" (Oct. 30), "Far and Away" and "Deep Cover" (Nov. 4), "Encino Man" (Nov. 11), "Sister Act" (Nov. 13), "Aliens 3" (Nov. 18), "Patriot Games" (Nov. 24) and "Lethal Weapon 3" (Dec. 2). What's new on video: Here are some recent releases: "My Cousin Vinny" (FoxVideo, $95).
August 8, 1991 |
The Christian Film and Television Commission, an Atlanta-based media watchdog organization, is calling for "all moral Americans" to boycott "Paris Is Burning," a documentary look at the Harlem transvestite scene and the drag-ball "voguing" competitions in which blacks and Latinos mimic the preening of fashion models. The making of the film was partially funded by a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
August 4, 2005 |
UCLA Film Archive's outstanding Don Siegel retrospective continues tonight with Siegel's terse 1964 remake of "The Killers." Though it's best remembered as the final film of Ronald Reagan, in a rare bad-guy role, he is but part of a formidable ensemble cast.
September 4, 1991 |
New York City may not have the posh beaches of the Riviera nor its romping topless sun worshipers. But this month it will have its own Gotham-style film fete that organizers hope will one day rival the influence of the Cannes Film Festival. The Lincoln Center Film Society and the Independent Feature Project have joined forces to merge two already high-profile autumn events--the New York Film Festival and the Independent Feature Project market.
March 16, 1992 |
As a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' documentary nominating committee for the past two years, I am infuriated by the whining that has taken place since this year's best documentary nominees were announced, and in responding to it, I speak for myself and not for either the committee or the academy.
January 28, 1991 |
The Gulf War intruded in an unexpected and dramatic manner during the awards ceremonies at Sundance's 10th film festival. Awards presenter John Sayles had been asked by a group of filmmakers, including "Roger & Me's" Michael Moore, to read a proposal on the war. In the name of the participants of the closing-night ceremonies, it called for "an immediate end to the American war in the Persian Gulf."
December 22, 1991 |
Yes, comparisons are odious, lists are invidious, and actors who turn down awards ought to get Nobel Prizes for pointing out that competition between artistic entities is very much beside the point. And 10, why 10? Is this something we have Moses to blame for, or maybe the Babylonians? Still, there is an undeniable fascination to 10-best lists. For the reader, they are a way of taking stock of a critic's taste and comparing it, invariably disparagingly, to one's own.
July 9, 1992 |
It's 1963 in a Barcelona hotel. Sitting in a bathtub, John Lennon stops playing harmonica and asks Beatles' manager Brian Epstein to scrub his back. It's an ambiguous request, a moment ripe with possibility, as imagined by director Christopher Munch in "The Hours and Times." His film is one of the 192 films, documentaries and shorts in the 10th annual Los Angeles International Gay and Lesbian Film and Video Festival showing at the Directors Guild of America.
February 21, 1992 |
And, in the documentary feature category, the Academy Award nominees don't include: "Paris Is Burning," an exploration of a subculture of New York's poor black and Latino gays, some of whom are transvestites and transsexuals, directed by Jennie Livingston.
June 19, 1989 |
To vogue or not to vogue? It's no longer a question. Los Angeles vogued Thursday night at "The Love Machine," a one-night event organized by the trendies who run the Apartment club, April La Rue and Christian Farrow. Very few of the late-late nighters attending, however, had any idea what they were doing. This was a test run in Los Angeles for the latest urban dance trend, which, in New York, incorporates modern dance movement, break-dancing, gymnastics, runway modeling, drop-dead fashion and a great deal of attitude.