January 23, 2007 |
Twenty years ago, Kevin Costner portrayed the young G-man Eliot Ness who received guidance from an older, wiser Chicago cop played by Sean Connery in "The Untouchables." Now Costner is the paternal figure in the action-drama "The Guardian" (Touchstone, $30). As an experienced Coast Guard rescue diver, Costner takes a young recruit (Ashton Kutcher) under his wing. It's predictable, but rescue sequences are effective. Andrew Davis directed.
January 21, 2007 |
HOW'D you like to have been the casting director the first day Robert Mitchum walked in for a screen test? "Excuse me, Bob, would you mind opening your eyes? Oh, they are open; OK." Those hooded, sleepy-time eyes would've been only the beginning of the trouble. There'd be that slouch, Mitchum's default posture if his part didn't call on him to execute a specific action. Just that whole casual thing that was going on, as if this young actor wasn't entirely serious about acting.
July 26, 2001 |
One of the great paradoxes of motion pictures is the almost electric attraction audiences have to screen actors who are gifted at stillness as opposed to, well, being in motion. Think of Steve McQueen's blue-steel impassiveness or Clint Eastwood's granite stoicism or, even, Marilyn Monroe's luminous incredulity. Grab the frame, hold the frame and you, too, can be a legend.
May 6, 2001 |
"Baby, I Don't Care" is an inspired subtitle for Lee Server's book. It's a line from "Out of the Past," the 1947 film noir (same vintage as the jacket photograph), in which Robert Mitchum's character is listening to one more cock-and-bull story from Jane Greer, the dishonest beauty who has entranced him, and she wants to know, "You do believe me, don't you?" But belief, stability and trust have never weighed on Mitchum's guy as much as mood, self-destruction and being enchanted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1999 |
State Assembly candidate Chris Mitchum has decided to drop his bid to unseat Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) in next year's election. In a statement released Thursday, Mitchum, a Santa Barbara Republican and son of the late movie star Robert Mitchum, cited a desire to spend time with his young adult children and to campaign on behalf of an unspecified presidential candidate.
October 15, 1998 |
"Out of the Past," director Jacques Tourneur's 1947 classic film noir, starring Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas and Jane Greer, is considered a benchmark of the dark and disturbing filmmaking style. The movie--in which a California gangster (Douglas) hires a private eye (Mitchum) to track down his mistress (Greer), who shot him and ran off to Acapulco with $40,000--screens tonight at 8 as part of Chapman University's free, 14-week film-noir series.