May 3, 1996 |
Don't be put off by "The Pallbearer's" tell-nothing title and its yucky trailer selling it as a klunky dark comedy. It is, in fact, a tender, emotion-charged romantic comedy in which pain and humor intermingle in ever-shifting proportions.
April 20, 2008 |
The BBC Natural History Collection Featuring Planet Earth BBC, $199.92 Nirvana for nature-doc geeks -- and a likely source of slack-jawed wonderment for most other demographics -- this expansive collection brings together four recent series, all narrated by David Attenborough. The 17-disc set (33 hours of programming, 12 hours of bonus material) includes "The Life of Mammals," "The Life of Birds" and "The Blue Planet: Seas of Life," all vivid and arresting travelogues.
October 21, 1988
Irving Rudd, 71, Top Rank publicist, is working at the training camp of boxer Thomas Hearns. Says Rudd: "Hearns and I have had a very close relationship. There's nothing I wouldn't do for him and there's nothing he wouldn't do for me, and that's how it's been for 10 years now--we've done nothing for each other." Was Orel Hershiser really cut from his high school baseball team? It's news to the kid who caught him. Rick Santarone, Hershiser's batterymate at Cherry Hill East (N.J.
November 2, 2010 |
During the Toronto International Film Festival, a Hollywood manager, an up-and-coming director and some executives from the Weinstein Co. had gathered for dinner at the city's Windsor Arms Hotel. It appeared to be a typical movie-business gathering ? except that most of the people at the table were speaking with Swedish accents. The diners were celebrating Weinstein's upcoming U.S. release of "Snabba Cash," a Swedish crime drama that created a sensation among American distributors when it premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year.
September 8, 2009 |
Forget the garlic, the crucifixes, the security of daylight. Nothing is holding the vampires at bay these days. With the wild popularity of movie, TV and literary properties including "Twilight" and HBO's hit series "True Blood," the bloodthirsty undead are dominating the pop culture landscape in ways Count Dracula could have never imagined, and the trend seems unlikely to abate any time soon. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," the second film adaptation of the popular series of novels, is set for release in November, with the third installment to follow in June 2010.
March 8, 2009 |
Vampire stories are always about desire and repression, which makes the teenage vampire an especially potent symbol of the hormonal confusion and awkward intensity of the wonder years. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" confirmed the pop-culture potential of adolescent bloodsuckers, and the phenomenon reached a frenzied peak with the recent teen-girl hit "Twilight" (out on DVD and Blu-ray March 21).
July 17, 1995 |
In "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory" Steven Seagal is back as Casey Ryback, ex-Navy SEAL and current cook, and he's as snidely catatonic as ever. Ryback spends most of the movie cracking necks and clambering atop speeding trains, which is just as well, because whenever he slows down for a quiet scene with his estranged 17-year-old niece, Sarah (Katherine Heigl), he resembles one of those impassive cartoon characters whose only mobile feature is a movable mouth.
January 30, 2011 |
Let Me In Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Writer-director Matt Reeves doesn't take any huge chances in his remake of the popular Swedish vampire movie "Let the Right One In," but everything that worked the first time works just as well the second. Chloë Moretz stars as an ancient vampire who looks like a 12-year-old girl, while Kodi Smit-McPhee plays a lonely neighbor boy who falls for her and is inspired to stand up to vicious bullies at school. "Let Me In" retains the moody atmosphere of Tomas Alfredson's film right down to the snowy setting and muted earth tones, and it effectively translates what makes the original special: the merging of adolescent alienation and literal, visceral pain.
July 22, 2010 |
Just as some movies are impervious to bad reviews, there are films that debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego whose fates simply cannot be doomed. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" won't likely suffer if Warner Bros. does nothing more than hold up one of star Daniel Radcliffe's dirty socks before thousands of the movie's fans. Any number of other films — particularly those flying just below the pop culture radar — face a more perilous test at the annual gathering of comic book, fantasy and sci-fi fans running Thursday through Sunday.
July 9, 2010 |
With "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" topping $200 million at the domestic box office, you'd think it would be easy to roll out a movie about a young vampire in love. But "Let Me In," the English-language remake of the cult hit "Let the Right One In," is finding itself in a situation more fraught than Count Dracula at an afternoon blood drive. Tomas Alfredson's Swedish-language original, based on a script and novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, told the story of a pre-teen loner named Oskar and his tender friendship with the oddball, sexually ambiguous Eli, who is revealed to be a vampire.