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.
July 2, 2004 |
With "Before Sunset," filmmaker Richard Linklater rapturously returns to a romance that took flight in his earlier film "Before Sunrise." In that 1995 wisp of a story, a young American journalist, Jesse (Ethan Hawke), and a younger Sorbonne student, Celine (Julie Delpy), meet on a European train and embark on a spellbound affair that takes them down narrow cobbled streets, across sweeping boulevards and finally into each other's arms.
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.
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.
November 26, 2013 |
Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," the acclaimed, unflinching look at the brutality of slavery in America, earned the most nominations Tuesday for the 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards. The film received seven nominations including, best picture, best director, lead actor for Chiwetel Ejifor, supporting actor for Michael Fassbender and supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o. Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" received six nominations, including best film, best director, lead actor for Bruce Dern, supporting actor for Will Forte and suppporting actress for June Squibb.
April 17, 2002 |
To understand Richard Tyler's new venture into contemporary sportswear, one had only to look at Garcelle Beauvais Nilon. Sitting in the front row of his show Friday, the television actress was red-carpet ready in one of Tyler's sexy, strapless red chiffon couture gowns. Surrounded by legions of young trendites in low-slung jeans and shrunken tops, the elegantly dressed actress was out of her element.
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.
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.