February 19, 2009 |
The American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre is getting into the spirit of award season with a retrospective of Oscar-winning favorites. Two best picture winners -- 1954's "On the Waterfront" and 1969's "Midnight Cowboy" -- will screen tonight.
February 14, 1996 |
Best actress nominee Emma Thompson ("Sense and Sensibility") and best actor nominee Massimo Troisi ("The Postman [Il Postino]") are each nominated for best adapted screenplay. If previous best actress winner Thompson gets the writing honor, or if Troisi wins both awards, either would be the first person to win in both categories. * "The Postman (Il Postino)" is the first foreign language film to be nominated for best picture since Ingmar Bergman's 1973 drama, "Cries and Whispers."
October 19, 2001 |
"Dancing at the Blue Iguana" goes backstage at one of those flashy strip clubs that dot the arid industrial neighborhoods of the San Fernando Valley to reveal as much of the hearts and souls of the strippers as they do of their bodies. The film was developed by Michael Radford, the versatile director of "Il Postino," from a five-month period of workshops with the film's actors, who created the characters they were to play.
May 6, 1988 |
By rights, "White Mischief" (selected theaters) should have been a barn burner. It's inspired by the infamous goings-on of a clot of British colonials living near Nairobi in the early 1940s, who played at sex, drugs, "rogering" each other's wives and finally murder, while Mother England and the rest of the world went up in flames.
April 24, 1995 |
Stephen Low's 40-minute "Titanica" (at the IMAX Theater) offers an eerie, thrilling and poignant voyage to the bottom of the sea for a close-up look, via submersibles, of the ill-fated ocean liner Titanic. The "unsinkable" ship--11 stories high and two blocks long--was fatally cleaved 80 years ago by an iceberg off Newfoundland, resulting in the loss of more than 1,500 lives.
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December 17, 1995 |
"Leaving Las Vegas," the downbeat drama about a hopeless alcoholic and the prostitute who loves him, was voted best picture of 1995 on Saturday by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. The movie by Mike Figgis captured four of the critics' awards. Nicolas Cage won for best actor, and best actress went to Elisabeth Shue. Figgis received honors for best direction. Figgis also was runner-up in the screenplay category.
March 17, 1996
Stephen Schwartz's " 'Il Postino,' an Homage to Stalin" (Column Right, March 10) faults the Clintons and Gores for appreciating Pablo Neruda's poetry and the movie loosely based on an episode of his life. I have difficulty faulting Neruda for having an affair with communism. In the world in which he lived, you were either rich or a slave to the rich. If you stood up for what you believed, the right-wing death squads hunted you down like a dog; the death squads that America trained and supported.
February 10, 1985 |
Surprises? A few. Disappointments? More than a few. Overall reaction to this year's Academy Award nominations? The academy is the academy is the academy, and nobody will ever get hurt on its cutting edge.