January 10, 2013 |
Acclaimed cinema verite documentarian Frederick Wiseman, who is the recipient of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.'s 2012 Career Achievement Award, will be talking about his career Friday evening at the Film Independent at LACMA's "Spotlight on Frederick Wiseman" at the Leo S. Bing Theater. The 83-year-old filmmaker, whose documentaries include "Titicut Follies" and "High School," will also be screening his 2010 production, "Boxing Gym. " Film Independent at LACMA pays tribute to the 70th anniversary of the Golden Globes with a monthly series that shines the spotlight on the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s long-standing support of film preservation. A restored film that has yet to be announced will screen Thursday.
December 24, 1997 |
"An American Werewolf in Paris" is a painfully anemic variation on John Landis' 1981 winner, "An American Werewolf in London." While the original had both wit and poignancy--and an affectionate and knowing tip-of-the-hat to werewolf movies past--this slapdash, silly new edition is so cut-rate it has Luxembourg and Amsterdam standing in for the City of Light. Only the least discriminating segment of the "Scream 2" audience need bother.
March 29, 1995 |
The Scene: Post-Oscar madness prevailed Monday night at the Miramax party held at soon-to-be ex-Chasen's. The restaurant's California Room and a huge tent in the parking lot were jammed with almost a thousand revelers, while a few hundred more populated the more breathable VIP area. As the party metastasized out of control, the fire marshals showed up to put a lid on it.
June 17, 1994 |
As in the monumental "The Decalogue," in which Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski probed the relevance of the Ten Commandments in modern life, Kieslowski has been considering the contemporary meaning of the French Revolution slogan "Liberty, Equality and Fraternity" in his provocative ongoing "Three Colors" trilogy, which began with "Blue."
January 27, 1995 |
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are in practically every frame of "Before Sunrise," so it's a good thing they're so engaging. In the end, they never become much more than engaging, but the characters' deeply-felt shallowness has its own youthful ardor. As Jesse and Celine, who meet on a train crossing central Europe and spend a long day and night together in Vienna before separating--she to Paris, he to America--the actors play out a string of feints and gambits and mini-seductions.
August 26, 1994 |
The bank heist genre has made it into a new generation with its nose bloodied. "Killing Zoe" is a raucous, arty little neo-film-noir that comes equipped with a bucket of blood to splatter the halls of convention. It's not terribly good but you keep expecting it to take off in unexpected directions. Writer-director Roger Roberts Avary does have a genuine gift for hysteria--not exactly the most welcome gift these days--but his film finally collapses into a hyper-driven snit fit.
December 6, 1994 |
The Scene: Thursday's party hosted by the New Yorker magazine at Dennis Hopper's house for contributing editor and artist Art Spiegelman. The cartoonist, who won a Pulitzer Prize special award for his Holocaust-based book "Maus," has illustrated Joseph Moncure March's 1928 novel-in-verse, "The Wild Party." Quoted: "I wanted to do something that was anti-'Maus,' something antithetical," said the chain-smoking Spiegelman. "Something that was erotic, something decorative.
May 13, 2001 |
Jennifer Jason Leigh is one of a number of movie actors who have taken a shine to digital video. Campbell Scott, her co-star in "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle," directed his first digital video feature, "Final," last year. French actress Julie Delpy shot "Looking for Jimmy" in 24 nonstop hours, then spent a year and half year at her computer editing the piece down. Gregory Hines recently directed his first digital video movie for Showtime after taking a workshop sponsored by Apple Computer.
March 21, 2013 |
The Tribeca Film Festival is getting talky, lining up a number of high-profile film and media personalities for a series of conversations at the confab next month. Darren Aronofsky will interview Clint Eastwood. Richard Linklater will talk with his “Before Midnight” stars and co-writers, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Gloria Steinem will ask questions of the filmmakers behind Saudi Arabian pic “Wadjda.” And Jay Roach will gab with his “Meet the Parents” star Ben Stiller.