August 8, 2012 |
There is something about these balmy evenings - one of the few benefits of the August heat - that makes the idea of seeing a movie outside unexpectedly appealing. So pack a picnic, bring the beverage of your choice and head to Cinespia's Saturday night screening of"The Terminator"under the stars at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The slick, James Cameron 1984 original starts at 8:30 p.m., but it's a kick to come early and wander the grounds looking for headstones of the likes of Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks and John Huston.
October 11, 2012 |
It may simply be a matter of extreme self-correction, but as women's roles on television finally grow a bit more diverse and less stereotypical, men are increasingly squeezed into a few narrow boxes: child-man, anguished hero and monster. The "Twilight"-inspired obsession with ravening predators and the women who love them grows more unsettling with every passing year - the thrill of surrendering one's heart to a man who must continually fight his rage-filled blood-thirst is far too close to the pattern of domestic abuse for comfort, even if the man in question is a glittering vampire or the regretful product of a military experiment gone wrong.
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June 30, 1991
One can well imagine that Chuck Stewart is indeed "a very popular teacher." Eighth-graders seldom have their sexual curiosity so willingly accommodated by a classroom teacher. Adolescent curiosity notwithstanding, it is evident that Stewart has a personal agenda for educating his students that goes well beyond the physical science curriculum. What Stewart fails to recognize is that classroom discussion of personal sexual activities is highly inappropriate--whether the teacher is male or female, married or unmarried, homosexual or heterosexual--and would be so even if the class were sex education.
January 10, 1986 |
The prime ingredients of any thriller are sheer drive and tension, and "Black Moon Rising" (citywide) has them. It may not have much underneath--the script approaches the kind of lean, existentialist, B-movie parable that Walter Hill tried in "The Driver"--but it moves like a cold rocket. The movie is about a thief (Tommy Lee Jones) hired by the Justice Department to steal incriminating tapes from an indicted corporation.
April 8, 2005 |
It's never easy to create a fictional narrative that fits the specific purpose of promoting a good cause, and for all the usual good intentions, writer-director Jeffrey Kramer with "Smile" has made a plodding, drawn-out, overly long and contrived film in behalf of Operation Smile, which since 1982 has provided free reconstructive surgery for more than 80,000 children and young adults in developing countries.
January 31, 1997 |
In a cozy, covert U.S. government research facility, bearded refuseniks drink tea and contemplate their screen-savers. Suddenly a gunman enters and systematically slaughters the staff--all except one, who throws the assassin a curve by hiding his tea setting in a sideboard. "Three Days of the Condor"? No, and it's not quite Robert Redford either.
April 11, 1993 |
Shawn Lusader has bared it all on the movie screen--all except her face. That would be going too far. The 32-year-old actress is one of a small corps of Hollywood body doubles--sculpted movie extras hired to flash a little on-camera flesh in place of modest stars. It was Lusader, not Anne Archer, prancing nude during a pivotal bedroom scene in "Body of Evidence." But you'd never know it from the screen credits or the talk-show circuit. She's out to change that.
September 22, 2005 |
THIS year's AFI Fest will start out with a twang -- the Johnny Cash/June Carter biopic "Walk the Line." The opening-night film, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon and directed by James Mangold, arrives in L.A. after well-received screenings at the Toronto and Telluride festivals. It's also in time for the run-up to awards season that traditionally begins when the National Board of Review announces its honorees, which this year will be Dec.
June 5, 1992 |
Beware the tank top-clad movie heroine. In current cinema shorthand, a muscle shirt pretty much guarantees that the wearer is one tough-but-sexy woman. Take Linda Hamilton in "Terminator 2," or Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in "Thelma and Louise."