October 17, 2013 |
It has been said that any film opening with a shot of a train is bound to be good. To which one might add, any television show featuring horses had better be good. Creatures of grace and power, horses lend an instant sense of significance to any story. The syncopated urgency of galloping hooves promises excitement and adventure, and that promise should only be made if there is a chance of it being kept. There are a lot of horses in the CW's new period drama "Reign," and someone should take them all away.
October 8, 2008 |
Max Ophuls' 1955 "Lola Montes" revolves around the life and many loves of a beautiful courtesan and dancer, now destitute, who is forced to relive her exploits nightly at a low-rent circus in America. The poignant final scene finds Lola sitting in a cage like one of the circus animals as men from the audience pay $1 to touch her hand. The film has been treated as shabbily as its heroine.
April 12, 2000 |
At Long Beach a year ago, Juan Montoya won his first race as a CART FedEx driver, a win that propelled the Colombian driver to a championship season as a rookie--at 24 the youngest to win a champ car title. He was driving a Reynard-Honda, the same package that had won championships for Chip Ganassi's team the three previous years, in 1996 with Jimmy Vasser, 1997 and '98 with Alex Zanardi. But a victory for Montoya this Sunday, in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, would be another first.
January 23, 1999 |
To the rhythmic downbeat of techno music, "Run Lola Run" easily has sprinted past other German-made movies of 1998, and its young director is waiting breathlessly to hear this year's Oscar nominations for best foreign film. The low-budget production by 33-year-old Tom Tykwer won wide applause throughout Germany and at the Venice Film Festival just days after its August debut, and captured the Ernst Lubitsch Prize awarded by German film reviewers for best comedy.
June 30, 1999 |
Ask anybody. Go ahead. But make it quick. Speed ("Speed" being a prime example) is in the ascendant. Years ago, back around the time of "Blade Runner," director Ridley Scott was theorizing, to several critics' horror, that the pace at which we view successive pictures in film would be accelerating to a virtual vanishing point, thanks to the audience's decreasing attention span and the almost evolutionary increase in its absorption abilities.
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February 16, 2001 |
The badly injured widow of the only fatality in the Feb. 1 Angels Flight cable car accident left her Los Angeles hospital for home Thursday night and for two more months of hospitalization. Lola Praport, 80, was wheeled in a sedated state out of County-USC Medical Center and into an ambulance for a ride to Los Angeles International Airport. She was to be accompanied by her daughter-in-law, Yaffa Praport, on the overnight flight to New Jersey.
May 25, 1990 |
When Emerson Fittipaldi and Al Unser Jr. collided on the 199th lap of last year's Indianapolis 500, the impact sent Unser spinning into the wall and out of the race. Fittipaldi managed to get his car under control and drove to victory a lap later. Had Fittipaldi joined Unser on the wall, the lead would have gone to a Brazilian countryman--Raul De Mesquita Boesel, a former horse-jumping champion from Curitiba, who might have been the defending champion here Sunday.
October 4, 2002 |
The story of a bombshell bomber and the lovesick policeman who saves her, "Heaven" was directed by Tom Tykwer, the German wunderkind who a few years back put his native cinema on the MTV generation's map with the enjoyable trifle "Run Lola Run." All razzle-dazzle technique, "Lola" is a gimmick movie--part video game, part steeplechase--about a young woman who literally races through the story to save her nitwit boyfriend from certain disaster.
September 7, 2012 |
Your Sister's Sister Available on VOD beginning Thursday Writer-director Lynn Shelton's follow-up to her hit indie comedy "ENMV0002398"> "Humpday" stars Mark Duplass as a sad sack who has a drunken sexual encounter with the sister of his late brother's ex-girlfriend. The indiscretion threatens to derail not only the siblings' rapport but also his own friendship with the woman who once loved his brother (Emily Blunt). As the trio - rounded out by Rosemarie DeWitt - spend time together at a house on a remote Washington island, plenty of unresolved feelings get dredged up, in that casually honest, frequently funny way that made "Humpday" such a delight.
October 31, 1998 |
Racing's stars of tomorrow, CART champ car style, will be on display today during the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights race as a prelude to Sunday's Marlboro 500 at California Speedway. Brazil's Cristiano da Matta, 25, has already clinched the series title with four wins in 13 races, but any number of young prospects for future CART rides will be battling for recognition in the 50-lap, 100-mile race on the two-mile oval.