September 13, 1992 |
Offbeat director John Waters ("Polyester," "Hairspray") might seem an unlikely candidate to write/direct a film in the ever-predictable "Female Psychos From Hell Who Kill" genre. Imagine if Waters--the man who made Patty Hearst a movie star in "Cry-Baby"--had been the director of "Single White Female." Instead of a Bridget Fonda/Jennifer Jason Leigh pairing, Waters' sensibility might have leaned to a Lola Falana/Joey Heatherton combo.
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March 3, 1992 |
Michael Milken, in the eyes of the public, enjoys the moral status of a mass murderer, somewhere between Richard Speck and Adolf Hitler. There is general outrage that the proposed judicial settlement on more than 150 civil suits against Milken leaves him with $125 million, and his immediate family with more than $300 million, and also that Milken will serve "only" 40 months out of a possible 10-year jail term.
April 18, 1993 |
Pathologist Robert Stein has been a doctor of death for Cook County for 36 years. He was on the job when Richard Speck killed eight student nurses in 1966; he was there when 29 bodies were found at John Wayne Gacy's home in 1978, and when a jetliner crashed in Chicago in 1979, killing 273 people. It was Stein who alerted the world in 1982 that a killer was lacing Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules with cyanide. But last month, Stein performed his last autopsy as medical examiner.
April 11, 2003 |
The third in the "Hannibal Lecter" movies, "Red Dragon," released April 1 as a two-disc DVD set, includes all the usual suspects: director's commentary, conversations with leads Anthony Hopkins and Edward Norton, storyboards, scene guide, makeup application. But this director's edition of "Dragon" has a bonus -- a mini-documentary on former FBI profiler John Douglas.
January 12, 1988 |
He led a life of frustration and failure. He apparently felt threatened by a breakup of his family, a "precipitating event" similar to unemployment or divorce. He was a loner--living in a state of "social isolation." He was familiar with and had access to firearms. This four-point profile, developed by two Northeastern University sociologists, is a rough sketch of a troubling--some say baffling--phenomenon that seemed to dominate the headlines for much of December: the mass murderer. R.
April 13, 1994 |
It's official: Mainstream John Waters is weirder than underground John Waters. "Serial Mom," his latest and one of his best, is like an early '60s TV sitcom that keeps lunging into profane naughtiness. Waters builds our disbelief of shows like "Leave It to Beaver" and "Ozzie and Harriet" right into the movie; he animates our fantasies of what these spic-and-span people might really be like. He also builds into "Serial Mom" the no-brained affection we have for those shows.
April 9, 2013 |
“Mad Men” returned to AMC Sunday night with a premiere that was criticized by some for being too slow - perhaps a touch ironic, given that the episode saw Don Draper and his colleagues ringing in 1968, a year that was anything but uneventful. As faithful viewers know, “Mad Men” frequently uses the historical to illuminate the personal. In the climactic first-season episode, “Nixon v. Kennedy,” Don, a man of humble origins, faced a crucial challenge from Pete Campbell, born into the East Coast elite.
May 30, 2013 |
Is Megan Draper morphing into Sharon Tate? That's the conspiracy theory currently lighting up the Internet, thanks mostly to a T-shirt worn by Don Draper's lovely second wife in Sunday's episode, "The Better Half. " “Mad Men” viewers are nothing if not an obsessive bunch, known for parsing the show's many oblique references for any hint of what's to come. Series creator Matthew Weiner is also notoriously secretive, which only encourages even more rampant speculation and frenzied over-analysis.
October 29, 1995 |
The Unabomber probably drives an older car but keeps it in good condition. He may have a wife or girlfriend, but she knows there's a certain part of the house--a basement, a special room--that's off limits. In the same way other people might talk baseball, he likes to discuss the bombings--how stupid the FBI is, how smart the bomber is. He probably visited the scene of his early bombings, talked to police, asked questions, maybe even offered advice. He may have taken a trip this summer.
December 8, 1995 |
John Douglas made a career of tracking killers. For 25 years he hunted the nation's most cruel and sadistic criminals--men who murdered, raped and tortured, again and again, for fun. As the head of the FBI's serial crime unit, Douglas helped catch San Francisco's "trailside killer," who stalked and shot hikers in the late 1970s and early '80s. Douglas aided Atlanta investigators in arresting Wayne Williams, who was convicted of a string of child murders.