January 17, 2009 |
Like a veteran of the witness protection program, actress Kate Vernon picked a secluded corner table of a very public restaurant for the meeting. She studied the tape recorder sitting next to her teacup on the table and then glanced around the Studio City bistro to see if anyone was eavesdropping. "Forgive me if I'm a little awkward talking about it," Vernon said during an interview earlier this week.
November 1, 1993 |
For those in need of a post-Halloween cure, "House of Secrets" (at 9 tonight on NBC, Channels 4 and 36) is a tremulous, moody thriller with a Gothic touch. Under Mimi Leder's direction, style overwhelms content, which is decidedly derivative. Set in New Orleans at Mardi Gras time, the movie shamelessly lifts key scenes from two famous films of the 1950s: the French horror classic "Diabolique" and the Brazilian "Black Orpheus."
April 2, 1996 |
A girl vampire pouts to a boy vampire: "This is your vengeance against me, served as cold as your heart." Vampire prose, vampire chompers, vampire glowing eyes, vampire murder, vampire sex, voluptuous vampires cavorting in their underwear. If the slow, somber, anemic, pugnaciously absurd premiere of Fox's new "Kindred: The Embraced" were a theatrical movie instead of a series, you wouldn't walk out. You'd run.
March 20, 2009 |
From "MASH" to "St. Elsewhere" to "The Sopranos" to "Seinfeld," all long-running television shows become myths at some point or another, reflecting, within the confines of their own universes, the disparate nature of human experience. Yes, they're entertaining, but to keep an audience committed year after year, a show must offer enlightenment, even if it's just the recognition that the corruptible nature of power extends to the Soup Nazi.