November 5, 1990 |
The new Prince movie, "Graffiti Bridge" (citywide), is a blend of vaulting emotions and sentimental fluff, MTV and ersatz inspirationalism, dry ice and hot flesh, phony angels and searing funk. It's a mixed bag; parts of it are awful. But it has, and needs, only one major defense: It's full of Grade-A rock 'n' roll, rousingly well performed. It moves, it swings, it jumps and vibrates. It's a musical .
April 12, 1989 |
"This is the story of one woman's search for the Minneapolis sound. Oh, that is so corny. OK, all I have to say is that I set out to talk to musicians and fans and critics, here and on the coast, to try to find out what all the hype is about, and to see if I could come up with some sort of definition of the Minneapolis sound. "And then we can cut to a Prince video." Emily Goldberg's opening remarks provide a pretty good idea of what to expect from her documentary "The Minneapolis Sound" (at 10 tonight on Channels 28 and 15, 11 p.m. on Channel 50)
August 26, 2004 |
Dogville Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany Lions Gate, $27 As with previous films of his such as "Breaking the Waves," Lars von Trier's three-hour drama is not for everyone's tastes. Theatrically staged with a minimum of sets and props in the style of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," "Dogville" tells the Depression-era tale of Grace (Kidman), a beautiful young woman on the lam from gangsters who arrives one night in a small Rocky Mountain town.
June 4, 1989 |
Debra Winger, John Malkovich and Dennis Quaid join the Oscar-winning "Last Emperor" team of director Bernardo Bertolucci, writer Mark Teploe and producer Jeremy Thomas for Warner Bros.' "The Sheltering Sky" in September. The adaptation of Paul Vowles' novel centers on the bizarre political and sexual adventures of three Americans traveling in North Africa in the 1940s. It films in Morocco and Tunisia. . . . Melanie Griffith literally mothers John Cusack in Cineplex Odeon's "The Grifters," to film in November.
November 14, 1990 |
THE FILM: "Graffiti Bridge," written, directed, scored by and starring Prince. THE LOOK: This film is one protracted music video, and the costumes are formula for the genre. The men get all of the fashion glory; the women are subjugated to two roles. The bad girl (Jill Jones) wears G-strings, and black bra tops. The good girl (Ingrid Chavez) wears a dreary blue voile dress and a brown circle skirt.