January 22, 2001
A few years back, TNT had great success producing several movies based on the syndicated sci-fi series "Babylon 5." And now the cable network has resurrected another fan fave, "The Pretender." The action-thriller that premiered on NBC in the fall of 1996 was never a big ratings grabber, but it developed a strong and loyal following over its four seasons. Michael T. Weiss starred as Jarod, a man whose exceptional intelligence allowed him to master any profession.
February 23, 1987 |
The hoopla and angst of "Amerika" finally behind it, ABC gets back to Americana tonight with an old-fashioned, Hitchcockian movie with nothing more on its mind than entertainment. And while "Love Among Thieves" (9-11 p.m., Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42) lacks the flair of the master, it nonetheless is a fast-paced adventure that makes for pleasurable viewing.
May 27, 1991 |
The vampire genre has just about been sucked dry with a ream of '80s films and novels reimagining the erstwhile monsters in tragic terms as a doomed, desperate breed. The Jim McBride-directed TV movie "Blood Ties" (at 8 tonight on Channels 11 and 6) makes a case for bloodsucker sympathy, too, but with a lighter, less fatalistic take on things: Intended as a sort of liberal anti-racist fable, it's a vampires-are-people-too picture.
July 19, 1989 |
Jose Van Dam, who plays a tragic baritone in the Belgian movie "The Music Teacher" (at the Westside Pavilion and Port Theatre, Corona del Mar) has a face full of magnetic pain, sad eyes brooding over an imperious chin. And the movie, directed by Gerard Corbiau, surrounds him with period decor so chill and lovely it looks as if the frames would shatter if you touched them.
June 30, 1993 |
With his elegant and erotic "Chain of Desire" (at the Nuart), Caracas-born writer-director Temistocles Lopez has deftly transposed the structure of "La Ronde" and set it down in contemporary Manhattan.