April 17, 1990 |
A coalition of artists, executives and record companies are urging makers of compact discs to "Ban the Box"--the disposable plastic and paper packaging in which most CDs are sold. So far, Olivia Newton-John, Kris Kristofferson and The Grateful Dead, along with Rhino Records, Fantasy Records and Rykodisc, have lent their names to the group, which is calling for an end to the environmentally damaging packaging.
February 11, 1995 |
"Billy Madison" looks as if it were made to fill the void left by Pee-wee Herman. We never needed Pee-wee more. Adam Sandler plays Billy Madison, a spoiled rich nudnik who stands to inherit the family business from his hotel tycoon father (Darren McGavin)--except Madison Sr. seems to think his jerky scion isn't up to it. For one thing, the only reason he graduated public school is because his father paid off the teachers.
January 10, 2003 |
"Just Married" is of interest only as a product of such generic blandness as to be absolutely airtight: not a whiff of originality or real life has been allowed to spoil its plastic perfection. Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy are attractive and skilled performers as the film's newlyweds, but the movie is so mechanical it's like watching Barbie and Ken dolls going through the motions.
June 15, 1998 |
There's something vaguely subversive about comedian Norm Macdonald's insistence on depersonalizing everything and everyone. In his new movie "Dirty Work," he impersonally greets other characters with flat, under-descriptive monikers ("Hey, homeless guys"; "OK, building tenants"; "hey, fat lady").
November 6, 1998 |
The common wisdom on the school of Jerry Lewis-manque idiot comics is that they serve as whipping boys for the self-esteem-starved audiences of the X, Y or Z generations--that their film personae can make anyone feel good about themselves because they're so purposefully pathetic. But that's too glib.