July 16, 1990 |
Although we would like to believe that American filmmakers are totally free to make any kind of films they want, looking at this summer's lineup suggests something different. Where are the lyrical films, the love stories, the musicals? Where are the films that reflect the generosity and tolerance of America? As budgets rise so does an insidious form of de facto censorship, determining what is made and what is rejected.
October 21, 2013 |
If you say the name three times, will it appear? "Beetlejuice 2" doesn't roll off the tongue quite as easily as plain old "Beetlejuice," but momentum appears to be gaining for the movie just the same. Tim Burton and Michael Keaton both are reportedly likely to return for the sequel to the beloved supernatural comedy, which became a box office hit and a cultural touchstone 25 years ago. The original paved the way for Keaton and Burton's pairing on "Batman" and "Batman Returns.
July 1, 1990
The first "RoboCop," while violent and nasty in places, managed to retain that elusive "myth of the hero" element that turns a blockbuster action pic into an intriguing film-going experience. In the sequel, "RoboCop 2," whenever a thread of human involvement peeked through the carnage and gore, it was immediately squashed by some revulsive scene of completely unnecessary violence. The children seated in the theater around me were pointing out, with disgust, the chunks of flesh erupting from hundreds of people shot with Robo 2's machine gun. If these same children, who make up the bulk of repeat attendance, are so revolted, then why was the film released in this form at all?
December 13, 2011 |
The historic MGM film studio, which made "The Wizard of Oz" and "Singin' in the Rain" on one of Hollywood's largest lots and for decades boasted that it employed "more stars than there are in heaven," is today housed on six floors of a nondescript Beverly Hills office building. Sent into bankruptcy last year after decades of dysfunction, the former home of Louis B. Mayer and Leo the Lion is now led by two low-key executives who have transformed the 87-year-old studio into, essentially, an international TV rights company servicing MGM's library of 4,100 movies.
November 17, 2011 |
Robot Land, a $600-million theme park celebrating famous science fiction cyborgs and motion picture androids, is expected to open in South Korea in 2013. > Photos: Robot Land theme park rides and attractions Located about an hour west of Seoul in the coastal city of Incheon, Robot Land would feature 11 rides, seven attractions and eight shows on 190 acres. Dubbed the world's first robot theme park, the oft-delayed Robot Land would compete for visitors with the world's 10th busiest theme park ( Everland )
July 23, 1990
It never fails to amaze me how righteously self-serving moviemakers and TV producers can get when they are criticized for making films that either pander to our basest morality or that perpetuate cultural stereotypes. Irvin Kershner and Henry G. Saperstein in the July 16 Counterpunch are the two latest examples. I'm glad to know that Kershner had only the noblest intentions in mind when he signed to direct "RoboCop 2." In fact, I greatly enjoyed his social analysis of his own movie.