February 21, 2013 |
Mesmerizing and haunting, "The Jeffrey Dahmer Files" is an inside-out serial killer movie, lacking in gore or cheap psychology and made in part for those who think they never want to see another serial killer movie. A hybrid of documentary and fiction, the film is directed by Milwaukee-based Chris James Thompson in his feature debut. Rather than indulging in exploitation kicks, the film engages more with Dahmer's impact on the community. The fictional footage features Andrew Swant as the notorious Dahmer, who murdered and dismembered 17 people; he seems to be a bland, weird-but-harmless blank slate.
July 18, 2004
I was knocked out by one of the best photos I've seen in years -- Ken Hively's portrait of Sam Raimi for "Spider's Man" (June 27) on Page 4. As stylistically complex as a Karsh portrait with Hitchcock's menace, the photo masterfully evokes the formal rigor and psychological complexity that Raimi captures in his films. Please consider a full noir-ish portrait series of other auteurs by Mr. Hively. This one really rocks. Kerry Kugelman La Crescenta
March 18, 2008 |
A British music scholar says he has identified a previously unknown portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that could be worth millions. The 19-by-14-inch oil painting shows the profile of a man in a bright red jacket. Cliff Eisen, who teaches music at King's College London, said that it is only the fourth known authentic portrait of Mozart from his time, when the composer was at his professional height in Vienna. King's College said the portrait was probably painted by Joseph Hickel, who was a painter at Austria's imperial court.
January 5, 2008 |
W. Richard West Jr., the recently retired founding director of the National Museum of the American Indian, spent $48,500 in museum funds to commission a portrait of himself and selected a non-Indian artist to create it, the Washington Post reported on Friday. The portrait of West by New York painter Burton Silverman hangs in a fourth-floor lounge of the museum, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution and is dedicated to the arts and culture of American Indians. West has come under fire recently for travel expenditures.
September 12, 2013 |
Chances are good that Harry Dean Stanton, the prolific character actor with the face of a backwoods prophet, will be the subject of a straightforward career-retrospective documentary someday. For now we have something that's more in tune with the man: Sophie Huber's lyrical and enigmatic portrait, "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction. " At the film's heart is a fitful conversation that unfolds like a string of koans, epigrams, jokes and silences. And songs. A reluctant interviewee with no interest in biographical facts, Stanton would rather sing than yak. The unrepentant loner says he's "not psychologically wired for institutions"; nonetheless, within the moviemaking system he's amassed 200-plus film credits and counting.
March 26, 2005
I am compelled to respond to Christopher Knight's myopic and absurdly pretentious review of Salvador Dali ["Method to his Madness," March 19], in which the artist is called a "gifted but secondary figure" and generally dismissed as a charlatan whose talent far exceeds his depth. Knight attempts to measure Dali using a dubious sort of Postmodern/Poststructuralist critique in the vein of someone who has just completed his midterm paper on Derrida. The result is a nearsighted portrait that does grave injustice to the artist's work, vision and intellect.
November 13, 2013 |
A portrait of actress Farrah Fawcett created by Andy Warhol is at the center of a legal dispute that is scheduled to head to court on Wednesday. Ryan O'Neal, who had a long relationship with the late actress, is fighting the University of Texas at Austin over possession of the painting, which the university claims to own. The parties are set to square off Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. At the time of her death in 2009, Fawcett bequeathed art that she owned to the University of Texas at Austin, which she attended before hitting it big in Hollywood. The university had reportedly received one Warhol portrait of Fawcett, but O'Neal is in possession of another that is virtually identical.
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September 7, 2012 |
Poland-born, Australia-based animator Yoram Gross, the subject of the documentary "Blinky & Me," appears throughout the film, and yet the resulting portrait feels strikingly incomplete. Filmmaker Tomasz Magierski's admiration and respect for Gross are clear, as are the octogenarian's youthful spirit and resilience. But like "Life Is Strange," another recently released Holocaust-themed doc, this is more an illustrated talk than a cohesive nonfiction work. Magierski assumes a familiarity with Gross' productions, the most well-known of which is TV series "Blinky Bill," based on children's books about a mischievous koala.
January 24, 2013 |
Talk about a long, strange trip. Such is the journey of legendary drummer Ginger Baker, whose outsized life in - and often out of - rock and jazz music's most vaunted circles is deftly chronicled in the entertaining documentary "Beware of Mr. Baker. " Writer-director Jay Bulger combines warts-heavy interview footage of Baker with vivid archival bits, concert clips, jaunty animation and chats with various musical greats to paint a lively portrait of yet another brilliant but wildly self-destructive artist.