December 13, 1990 |
Craig Lucas' black comedy "Reckless" has found the right director. Pope Freeman's intense multilayered production at Santa Barbara City College's Studio Theater is reminiscent of Antonin Artaud's "theater of cruelty." And it corroborates Jerzy Grotowski's theory that the content of theater should be "myths of the blood" rather than fictions bearing on social life and behavior.
December 15, 2006 |
About two hours into David Lynch's "Inland Empire," Nikki Grace (Laura Dern), or Susan Blue (Laura Dern), or possibly a third, nameless doppelganger (also Dern), runs down a pitch-dark, back-country lane, her mouth frozen in a blood-chilling, smeared-clown grimace. What has inspired this look of terror is never revealed. It could be anything.
August 1, 2009 |
When Tim Burton, one of Hollywood's most distinctive directors, came to Comic-Con International last week with never-before-seen footage from his upcoming adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland," the audience at the San Diego Convention Center went wild at the sight of Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and other beloved characters from Lewis Carroll's surreal storybook classic. The rapturous applause, however, did little to assuage Burton's anxiety.
December 23, 2010 |
Beaten down by the recession? Want a sunny respite from the dreary weather? Need two hours to get away from the holiday stress? Hollywood has the answer: movies about a crumbling marriage, a 4-year-old's death in a car accident and a single father dying of cancer. The fall and winter movie seasons always deliver some demanding dramas, but the gloom factor this year feels so intense that "127 Hours" ? in which the lead character hacks off his own arm ? plays like a bubbly comedy in comparison.
December 1, 2010
Key nominees BEST FEATURE "127 Hours" "Black Swan" "Greenberg" "The Kids Are All Right" "Winter's Bone" BEST DIRECTOR Darren Aronofsky, "Black Swan" Danny Boyle, "127 Hours" Lisa Cholodenko, "The Kids Are All Right" Debra Granik, "Winter's Bone" John Cameron Mitchell, "Rabbit Hole" BEST FEMALE LEAD Annette Bening, "The Kids Are All Right" Greta Gerwig, "Greenberg"...
March 4, 2010 |
One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small, and the pills Tim Burton gives you don't do very much at all. With apologies to Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit," that more or less sums up "Alice in Wonderland," the director's middling new version of the Lewis Carroll tale. It has its successful moments but it's surprisingly inert overall, more like a Burton derivative than something he actually did himself. Through no fault of its own, "Alice" also has the misfortune of being the first major 3-D release to come out after the "Avatar" revolution, and when you add in that Burton chose to shoot in 2-D and have the footage converted, it inevitably plays like one of the last gasps of the old-fashioned ways of doing things.
May 8, 2011 |
Reporting from New York — Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire says he never enjoyed bingo, though it was his mother's weekly ritual in their South Boston, or "Southie," neighborhood. He liked going to the racetrack with his working-class father even less. "But these were the things that you could attach hope to," he says, "and that's pretty much what everybody in the neighborhood did. " Hoping the bingo ball will pop their way is certainly what the darkly humorous characters do in "Good People," Lindsay-Abaire's Broadway drama, which returns the Pulitzer-winning playwright ("Rabbit Hole")
January 18, 2008 |
"Shrek, the Musical" will launch Aug. 14 to Sept. 21 at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre before its Broadway debut in November -- date, venue and cast to be announced. Based on William Steig's book and DreamWorks' first "Shrek" film, the show features book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire ("Rabbit Hole") and music by Jeanine Tesori. "I'm very pleased with how it's coming along," says "Avenue Q's" Jason Moore, who will direct. And although critics panned Disney's "The Little Mermaid" after its Broadway bow last week, Moore doesn't think animation-based fare is losing appeal.
December 1, 2002
Let's see whether I understand this. California used the proceeds of a gross overtaxation -- politically correct phrase: surplus -- to buy electricity for the people who were overtaxed in the first place ("California Kicks Off 1st Part of Bond Sale," Oct. 24). Now we are going to be taxed an additional $2.50 to $3.50 per month to allow the state to re-accumulate that surplus so the politicians can squander it or use it to balance the budget deficit that grew out of their profligate spending of the extraordinary revenue generated during the years of the dot-com "bubble."