February 8, 2002 |
To watch the new "Rollerball" is to understand why John McTiernan would be tempted to rework the 1975 Norman Jewison original. The earlier film was set in a future in which an ultra-violent sport served as an outlet for a world in which other violence had been banned. Since the day of extreme sports has arrived--in a world more violent than ever--there was no need to set it in the future.
March 28, 2003 |
If any of your talkative friends get to "Basic" before you do, don't worry about them giving the plot away. They won't be able to. For though it's made with reasonable efficiency, this John Travolta-starring military thriller about murky doings in the jungles of Panama is so unashamedly confusing, so intent on piling twist upon twist upon twist, it makes your head hurt just trying to figure out what's happened.
July 30, 1999 |
Kate Harrington checks her purse, the bed, a suitcase, under a magazine, the top of a coffee table. Finally, she surveys a corner desk in her room at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Out of luck, she phones downstairs. Could someone kindly buy her a pack of cigarettes? Within minutes, her request is delivered. Such is the way of the world these days. Need something? Send someone to shop for it.