July 29, 1998 |
The Scene: Monday's premiere of Dimension's "Halloween H20" at the Village theater. A party followed at the Geffen Playhouse. The film is the sixth sequel to the genre classic "Halloween" and marks the 20th anniversary of stardom for that knife-wielding, masked maniac who takes sibling rivalry to new heights.
March 7, 1998 |
Independent film distributor Miramax Films Corp. won another important legal round against Sony Pictures Entertainment over ads for Sony's hit film "I Know What You Did Last Summer." Miramax began alleging last fall that Sony's Columbia Pictures unit and producer Mandalay Entertainment marketed the film before its release last October with a misleading campaign that said the movie was "from the creator of Scream," the popular Miramax-distributed franchise. U.S.
September 10, 2009 |
For months now people have been anticipating "The Vampire Diaries" as a CW-ized version of "Twilight" with a bunch of sensitive young lovelies yearning and burning for danger, romance and the ultimate penetration. In between bouts of underage drinking, texting, girl-bonding, and the inevitable minor-key whine of a soundtrack, that is. "True Blood Lite" or "Transylvania 90210." And you know what? It is. Almost exactly. But this is not a bad thing, not a bad thing at all. Because "Vampire Diaries" knows precisely what it is -- a Gothic romance -- and doesn't try to be anything else.
January 19, 2003 |
Cabin Fever. David Lynch protege Eli Roth co-wrote and directed this popular 2002 Toronto Film Festival midnight flick about five friends who encounter a flesh-eating virus. Lions Gate, Summer Cursed. "Scream" team of director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson reunites to reinvent the werewolf legend, setting it in Los Angeles. Dimension, Aug. 8 Darkness Falls. It's not very smart to offend the tooth fairy, because she can be scary after dark.
April 25, 2013 |
"Bates Motel": It is impossible for me to overstate how truly fabulous Vera Farmiga's performance is in the crazy, creepy yet emotionally resonant prequel to "Psycho. " The setting is "Twin Peaks"-evocative and the writing is terrific, if a bit overly concerned with making every person in the mythical White Pine Bay, Ore., (which is really Canada) Not Quite What They Seem. All the actors are solid, especially Freddie Highmore as a young sweater-tugging, fugue-state-experiencing Norman and Max Thieriot as his older black-sheep brother Dylan.
January 21, 2013 |
In Fox's bloody new drama "The Following," Kevin Bacon plays one of the more oft-used characters in thriller fiction. Alcoholic and emotionally detached, his character is former FBI agent Ryan Hardy, who has never quite recovered from his dance with the devil. Once upon a time, Hardy was the lead agent on a string of grisly murders at the fictional Winslow College. When he first encountered Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), he too fell under the charismatic English professor's spell, using him as a source to help unravel the literary clues left at the crime scenes.
January 16, 2002 |
Spooky, mysterious, well-acted "Glory Days" is a nice midseason addition to the WB schedule, introducing Mike Dolan (Eddie Cahill) as a 25-year-old greeted by anger, suspicion and turbulence upon returning to his hometown four years after loosely depicting its residents in a best-selling mystery novel connected to his father's supposedly accidental death. Keep your eye here on "supposedly." The town, actually an island in the Pacific Northwest, is Glory; the title of Mike's book is "Glory Days."