January 12, 1992
"Two Lives in the Theater" was nothing more than cocktail party chatter dissolving into a sadistic score card. To show John Steppling's failures side-by-side with Jon Robin Baitz's success was mean-spirited. Telling us just how much money Baitz sent his friend in need was contemptible. ROBERT TRACHTENBERG Los Angeles
February 23, 2003 |
Fashion involves a certain amount of escapism. The clothes on the runway don't usually find a place in our daily lives, but they're fun to admire--from a distance. This spring the escapism is more a state of place than a state of mind. Take the California surf-inspired looks seen in Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton and Chanel with printed neoprene skirts, coats and dresses.
September 10, 1989 |
JUST WHEN MANY MEN WERE thinking their wardrobes had been finalized in a classical mode--Brooks Brothers, jeans or L. L. Bean--an unstoppable design force is moving in and shaking things up. In the same way that architects Michael Graves and Frank Gehry add iconoclastic colors and shapes to classical forms, designers are adding modernity without forsaking their strengths. They're infusing the classics with bold color. They're relaxing the traditional silhouette.
March 5, 2002 |
It'll take more than complaints about Gene Kelly's perfectionism and deep competitive streak to make audiences dislike one of the most devastatingly appealing men ever to dance across movie and television screens. Boasting interviews with an impressive array of writers, colleagues and family members, Robert Trachtenberg's "Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer," tonight on the PBS "American Masters" series, proves that Kelly wasn't always easy to live or work with. But the 90-minute documentary also represents a vivid if arguably excessive tribute to his achievements as dancer, choreographer and director.
May 31, 2004 |
On screen, Cary Grant dripped sophistication, charm, good looks and intelligence. Women adored him; men envied him. "Everybody wants to be Cary Grant," he once said. "Even I want to be Cary Grant." He may have been the epitome of a movie star, but Cary Grant was a creation, a persona molded by directors Leo McCarey, George Cukor, Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock. In reality, Grant wasn't a sophisticate. Known to be tight with money, he charged 25 cents for autographs.
April 5, 2001 |
The Walt Disney comedy "102 Dalmatians" received mediocre reviews when it wasreleased last November and did just middling at the box office. Nevertheless, the DVD ($30) is enjoyable fun, thanks to several entertaining featurettes and lively audio commentary from the director and three animal trainers.