July 15, 1988 |
"Die Hard" (citywide) is the archetypal big-deal Hollywood exploitation picture. It's like a giant war toy, a triumph of well-oiled mechanical precision that performs miracles of destruction. As a grand flourish of cinematic technique, it is awesome; as a human drama, it is disgusting and silly, a mindless depiction of carnage on an epic scale. It is also dead certain to give Bruce Willis his movie stardom at last.
October 24, 2005 |
In "Human Trafficking," a four-hour, two-part miniseries airing at 9 tonight and Tuesday on Lifetime, Mira Sorvino plays a New York City detective who joins U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to bust up a sex-slavery ring. Eventually, Sorvino's tough-but-tender, tender-but-tough Kate will go undercover, posing as a Russian mail-order bride.
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September 6, 1997 |
When Hollywood comes to town, Ventura is not as it appears to be. What is normally The Thrift Factory at 222 E. Main St. has been transformed into "Claudette's Occult Shoppe" in Lower Manhattan. Glowing pumpkins near a make-believe newsstand down the street help turn the night into Halloween. The 65-member cast and crew of "Mike Hammer: Private Eye" have been spending 12 to 14 hours a day, five days a week, in Ventura County to make you a believer.
December 2, 1998 |
Several years ago, Paul Schrader joked to his friends, "I'm the sort of writer-director who doesn't win awards but gets retrospectives"--and, as in many things, he turned out to be prophetic. The writer and/or director of such notable films as "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," "American Gigolo" and "The Last Temptation of Christ" is full up on retrospectives.
June 29, 2001 |
Already suffering from a bad hip and a bad knee, actor Danny Glover is receiving a tongue-lashing from Pam Grier--over and over again, in close-up, in wide angle, in reverse angle. Glover has a weary, beset air, although he looks great: straw hat, maroon shirt, checked pants, penny loafers. There's something old-school about him, which is appropriate, because in this movie, "3 A.M.," he plays a New York City cab driver. (Grier, a waitress, is his love interest.