October 17, 1997 |
"I Know What You Did Last Summer" isn't the virtuoso work that "Scream," also written by Kevin Williamson, was. Nor is it as nonstop frightening. But it is fun, energetic and fairly scary. Its four young stars have exceptional poise and promise, and their presence contributes strongly to the film's enjoyment, as does the film's setting, a charming old North Carolina coastal community. It's the Fourth of July, and the four have recently graduated from high school.
December 12, 1997 |
You can't blame the makers of last year's terrific sleeper horror picture "Scream" for trying to cash in on its runaway success. Yet in striving mightily not merely to duplicate its impact but improve upon it, director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson have raised the ante to the degree that contrivance and a horrendous body count combine to yield a morbid effect for discriminating filmgoers, despite a comic tone.
October 7, 1999 |
ABC's premiering "Wasteland" is the cratered moonscape of the new season. A series as bad or as barren has yet to air. Talk about bipolarity in prime time. Kevin Williamson, whose Fox series "Dawson's Creek" is about teenagers who think and talk like adults, this time delivers a drama whose mid-20ish characters think and sound like teenagers. Dumb teenagers.
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.
February 17, 2006 |
There are few words to describe the awfulness of "Tamara," but let's try these: dismal and utterly lacking in any artistic or social merit, other than the filmmakers' skill at conning someone into letting them commit this mess to celluloid. The title character (played by Jenna Dewan) is an "ugly" girl. This, in the language of teen flicks, means she is a sexpot whose sexpotness is masked by stringy hair and a few pimples.
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 25, 2013 |
The most startling - and stunning - moment in David Roussève's latest dance-theater hybrid, "Stardust," came an hour into the 80-minute intermissionless piece, which premiered Tuesday at REDCAT. The 53-year-old choreographer appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, to perform a heartwrenching solo set to Johnny Mathis crooning the Bach/Gounod “Ave Maria.” With his jerking, swooping arms and quasi-angelic face, Roussève, bathed in Christopher Kuhl's amber light, and bending and dipping as if the world's weight were on his shoulders, was spellbinding.
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.