October 15, 2012 |
Technology is messing with John Hurt's head. His rental cellphone is ringing like mad, but when he tries to answer it, no one's there. "Four new messages!" the British actor exclaims, scrutinizing the phone's display screen as if it were written in Sanskrit. "What's going on?" Krapp would sympathize. In "Krapp's Last Tape," Samuel Beckett's quietly devastating one-act memory play, an isolated old man, a writer named Krapp, squares off with another confounding technological contraption: a reel-to-reel tape recorder.
May 7, 1998 |
What happens when an older, very English discerning man of letters on one side of the big pond falls for an all-American teen movie heartthrob on the other? As the love-struck writer in "Love and Death on Long Island," John Hurt's Giles De'Ath (death, get it?) eventually leaves his London study, hops on a plane and heads for the fictional Chesterton, Long Island, N.Y., home of Jason Priestley's Ronnie Bostock.
September 30, 1994 |
"Second Best" is such a splendid, intimate film you worry that it's going to get lost in the thicket of much bigger, far more highly publicized fall releases. The irony is that for all its modesty of scale it has the universal appeal of a richly realized father-and-son relationship, portrayed by William Hurt, in one of the finest performances of his career, and by a remarkable newcomer, neophyte actor Chris Cleary Miles.
June 17, 2001 |
The folk side of blues icon Hurt's folk-blues equation gets the play here, with light-fingered picking and easy-ambling singing applied to heroic myth (Beck's "Stagolee"), gospel (John Hiatt's "I'm Satisfied") and scenes from life (Steve & Justin Earle's "Candy Man"). Executive producer Peter Case teams with Dave Alvin for a rich "Monday Morning Blues," while Geoff Muldaur (with two daughters) echoes his boho-hippie jug-band past with the giddy "Chicken."
September 12, 2013 |
The Vietnam-era Southern family saga "Jayne Mansfield's Car," Billy Bob Thornton's first directorial outing in more than a decade, is old-fashioned big-cast melodrama, treated by its director as if it were a nostalgic heirloom. Written with Thornton's "One False Move" co-writer Tom Epperson, the movie even gets away with its classicist vibe for a good while too. Robert Duvall plays an small-town Alabama patriarch with three middle-aged sons (zoned-out loner Thornton, hard-headed Robert Patrick, anti-war hippie Kevin Bacon)
December 17, 1995 |
Barry Navidi is still trying to figure out just what happened. Last July he was on location in Ballycotton, Ireland, making a $13-million movie--modest by Hollywood standards but impressive for a fledgling producer from London, especially since it starred Marlon Brando and Debra Winger and had Johnny Depp and John Hurt in supporting roles. A month later he was hoofing it in Beverly Hills--no hotel suite, staying with a friend, having lost his home, his money, his partner's money, his partner's father's money, an outside backer's money and seven years of work on a picture that folded after two weeks of shooting.