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.
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.
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.
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October 15, 1999 |
First you see the guy in the T-shirt following the teenage girl in the store. She glances back at him and keeps going. He hustles up and shoves her, really hard, into a rack of shoes. When she looks to see what the hell happened, he's glaring and ranting and coming at her as she backs off, and then he goes past her and out the door; it's all there on the video from the security camera. If this had happened only once, the charge would be a misdemeanor.
June 9, 1996 |
Maybe you heard. For the Olympic Games this summer, some synchronized swimmers from France put together a routine set to the music of Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List," with goose-stepping Nazis diving into the pool to splash their stiff little arms and legs off, on their way to a gold medal. Springtime for Schindler and Germany. I would have figured the French to come up with something more subtle, like swimming to the works of Jerry Lewis. But this, this takes the German chocolate cake.