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August 20, 1998 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The sexual revolution is dead. Long live the sexual revolution. Among the filmmakers who rode the wave of changing sexual mores in the '60s and early '70s was Radley Metzger, whose stylish erotic romps (usually set in Europe) stand beside Russ Meyer's satiric escapades in pushing independent (and some mainstream) filmmakers toward breaking new boundaries in the on-screen depiction of sex and nudity.
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August 20, 1998 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The sexual revolution is dead. Long live the sexual revolution. Among the filmmakers who rode the wave of changing sexual mores in the '60s and early '70s was Radley Metzger, whose stylish erotic romps (usually set in Europe) stand beside Russ Meyer's satiric escapades in pushing independent (and some mainstream) filmmakers toward breaking new boundaries in the on-screen depiction of sex and nudity.
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December 16, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein
Though at first, er, blush, writer-director Bertrand Bonello's "House of Pleasures" evokes the canon of late-1960s soft-porn chic purveyor Radley Metzger, its gauzy look at an upscale Parisian brothel circa 1900 evolves into something more — and also less. On the one hand, the film plays like an intimate series of beautifully composed paintings depicting daily life at L'Apollonide, a velvety palace of desire, fantasy and dashed dreams, where aristocratic men cavort with alluring women near-classically trained in the oldest profession.
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November 13, 1997
Last week's top five rentals: "Jingle All the Way," "Liar Liar," "Batman & Robin," "The Fifth Element" and "Breakdown." Last week's top five sellers: "Jingle All the Way," "The Jungle Book," "Batman & Robin," "Annabelle's Wish" and "Liar Liar." What's New In stores this week: "Face/Off" (Paramount), John Woo's summer hit starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. "Gone Fishin' " (Hollywood), comedy starring Danny Glover and Joe Pesci.
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November 4, 1999 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you want to take a breather from feature films, there are plenty of videos available on practically every subject imaginable. Take, for example, the new National Geographic Video release "Beyond 2000: The New Explorers" ($20). It's a well-crafted, handsomely produced documentary chronicling the lives, ambitions and careers of 10 modern-day explorers, who explain through their discoveries why it is still necessary to explore the world.
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August 19, 1999 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The British are coming! The British are coming to video with three vintage flicks. Kino on Video's "BritNoir" series ($25) features two veddy splendid thrillers from the 1940s. "Contraband," directed in 1940 by the great Michael Powell ("The Red Shoes"), is set in the earliest days of World War II England. Conrad Veidt plays a Danish sea captain and Valerie Hobson portrays his beautiful but enigmatic passenger.
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December 3, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
You won't be having a lot of fun at "Black Swan," but the less seriously you take this wildly melodramatic, unashamedly pulpy look at the blood sport that is New York City ballet, the better your chances are of enjoying yourself even a little. This tale of feathered ambition starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as dueling ballerinas is not just any kind of trash, it's high-art trash, a kind of "When Tutu Goes Psycho" that so prizes hysteria over sanity that it's worth your life to tell when its characters are hallucinating and when they're not. In fact, the only problem with calling "Black Swan" sensationalistic and over the top is that it makes this shameless shotgun marriage of "The Red Shoes" and Roger Corman sound like more fun than it is. The director here is the earnest Darren Aronofsky, and his trademark sledgehammer style makes any kind of enjoyment difficult.
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September 22, 1995 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Small minds may say that "Showgirls," the first NC-17 film to get a wide studio release, is lacking in other accomplishments, but don't you believe it. Actually, it's hard to know which of this film's several attainments is the most surprising. First off, this nominally risque story of naked ambition among Las Vegas showgirls has somehow managed to make extensive nudity exquisitely boring.
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February 19, 1998 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some classics are getting a face lift this month, and several oldies--but not necessarily all goodies--are making their home video debuts. In celebration of its 35th anniversary, the classic "To Kill a Mockingbird" will be released Tuesday by Universal Home Video in a special limited edition ($20).
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July 7, 2011 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
Robert Mitchum westerns? The quintessential film noir actor, whose distinctly urban air of seductive menace galvanized films such as "Out of the Past," riding hell bent for leather on some galloping steed? There must be some mistake. Of course, as all Mitchum fans know -- and as the new UCLA Film & Television Archive series "Tracking the Cat: Robert Mitchum in the West" starting at the Hammer Museum on Friday proves -- the actor had extensive western experience. So much so that, as he once famously told an interviewer, "I have two kinds of acting: one on a horse, one off a horse.
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August 8, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If the creation of self-important tedium were a competitive sport, "The Canyons" would take home the gold. This film so corners the market on lethargy and pretension the judges might not even bother handing out a silver or even a bronze. Directed by Paul Schrader and written by Bret Easton Ellis, "The Canyons" has gotten a lot of mileage out of what the director has called "discard casting - using people that other people won't hire. " In this case, the "discards" in question are Lindsay Lohan, whose personal trials have become public spectacle, and James Deen, who's reportedly made so many thousands of porn films that there doesn't appear to be an exact count available.
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