February 26, 2011 |
On the official crazy-time scale of Nicolas Cage onscreen craziness, "Drive Angry" rates at least a 7, maybe an 8. Directed by Patrick Lussier from a script by Lussier and Todd Farmer, the film could easily have rated higher but the filmmakers bog down their own nutty mayhem with much exposition, which has its own level of nuttiness. Cage's character is named John Milton ? get it? Like "Paradise Lost" John Milton? ? and that is in essence what passes for deeper meaning here. Cage plays a mysterious loner who picks up a small-town waitress (Amber Heard)
January 6, 2009 |
Louise Erdrich is an immensely satisfying storyteller who molds her novels from the clay of her short fiction. In the preface to "The Red Convertible," a collection of her new and selected stories, Erdrich writes that these pieces later "gather force and weight and complexity" to generate whole books, woven densely as tapestries. This anthology returns 30 of those stories, which eventually became parts of 11 novels, to their original, unentangled forms.
March 24, 1991 |
Great White's seventh and dumbest album provokes an array of involuntary reactions, from the grimace upon viewing the inside cover illustration of a naked woman straddling a fish hook to eye-rolling at profundities such as "Roller girls ain't no teases / I know she'll do just what she pleases for me." But the most insidious thing about the record is how it brings on uncontrollable foot tapping. Even the most intractable hater of dumb-rock would be hard-pressed to deny the p-a-a-a-r-t-y!
August 28, 2009 |
Authorities in the art world cast doubt on the authenticity of an alleged Picasso painting that was seized by Iraqi police south of Baghdad. "The Naked Woman," which police claimed was painted by Picasso, was seized near the southern city of Hillah on Tuesday after a man allegedly tried to sell it for $450,000. Iraqi police said the painting appeared to have been stolen from Kuwait after Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion. But the painting has a tag on the back with several misspellings that says it was sold by "the louvre" to "the museum of kuwait," with the words Louvre and Kuwait in lower case.
November 27, 2004 |
Authorities banned an issue of Newsweek magazine for publishing material they said was offensive to Islam, local media reported Friday. A government official in Islamabad ordered the "forfeiture of all copies of the weekly Newsweek of Nov. 22," the state-run agency Associated Press of Pakistan reported, quoting Tariq Mahmood Bajwa, a government official in the capital. The edition published "objectionable remarks ... tantamount to desecration of the Koran," the agency said.
December 2, 2007 |
A quick scan of any greeting card aisle will tell you that almost nothing says love faster than the red rose. And marketers behind two romantic films this season have taken the rose motif and run with it. The poster for the just-released "Love in the Time of Cholera" features a large, single red rose hanging against a stark, black background. A small stream of carefully placed dewdrops (or are they teardrops?) falls onto a rose petal that discreetly covers a naked woman's back.
April 14, 2005 |
A new self-portrait by Lucian Freud, who is widely considered Britain's greatest living figurative artist, went on display Wednesday at London's National Portrait Gallery. "The Painter Surprised by a Naked Admirer" shows the 82-year-old standing in his paint-splattered studio while a naked woman crouching on the floor clutches his leg. The oil painting, measuring 54 by 42 inches, features Freud's trademark use of muddy colors to depict worn and irregular naked human flesh.