August 1, 2010 |
Vanessa Bruno likes to say that she makes "easy clothes for difficult girls. " But in the Parisian designer's world, "difficult" doesn't mean someone who must coordinate her outfit with an alcohol monitoring anklet but a woman with original taste who wants her clothes to reflect her individuality. "For me, it's about personality," says Bruno, a lithe and vibrant former model who was in Los Angeles recently to celebrate the launch of her flagship U.S. boutique, opening Thursday on Melrose Avenue . "I've always had the feeling that you can be extremely sophisticated and beautiful but you don't want to look like the others....
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.
December 26, 2012 |
It featured Jack Black as a murderous mortician, Matthew McConaughey as a straight-talking lawyer and a whole lot of amusing small-town locals. And though "Bernie" did decently enough at the box office - it hung in there for 21 weeks and $9 million - the film deserved a lot more recognition than it received, according to our survey of readers. Richard Linklater's fact-based homage to his native Texas is the winner of The Times' annual most under-appreciated film poll, drawing more than 31% of the overall vote.
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.