September 30, 2011 |
The mixed-influences fight epic "Bunraku" is so desensitizing with its hyper-stylized distractions and movie references it feels more mush-up than mash-up. Writer/director Guy Moshe's tedious, confusing tale of a mumbling spaghetti-western drifter (Josh Hartnett), an honorable Japanese swordsman (Gackt) and the assassin-protected crime boss (Ron Perlman) they must ultimately fight is a superficial jag of hot colors, digitally enhanced staginess, swooping cameras and wink-wink jokiness.
July 29, 2004 |
Hellboy Ron Perlman, Selma Blair Columbia TriStar, $29 Acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro brings a lot of warmth, humor and heart-pounding action to this entertaining adaptation of Mike Mignola's popular comic book series. Hellboy is a demon baby who has the power to destroy the universe but is raised by a peaceful professor to battle evil. Ron Perlman is perfectly cast as the cat-fancying, cigar-smoking title character, and veteran John Hurt as his surrogate father ably matches him.
November 17, 1989 |
CBS, running third in the prime-time ratings, canceled "Peaceable Kingdom" Thursday and placed two other first-year series on hiatus. "Island Son" will be back very soon, the network promised, but "Wolf" isn't likely to reappear until much later in the season. "Peaceable Kingdom," which debuted Sept. 20 with Lindsay Wagner starring as a zoo director, will be replaced next month by "Beauty and the Beast." "Wolf" and "Island Son" will be replaced in the Tuesday 9-11 p.m.
June 3, 1993
Composer and guitarist Christopher Caliendo, along with special guests including jazz French hornist Richard Todd, clarinetist Gary Gray, accordion player Frank Marocco, pianist Delores Stevens and members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, will perform an evening of "Classical Jazz" tonight at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.
October 1, 1995 |
Here are the paintings upon which the Showtime "Picture Windows" episodes are based and their film masters. Each evening's trilogy begins at 8. Oct. 1 Soir Bleu: Based on the 1914 painting by Edward Hopper and directed by Norman Jewison. Alan Arkin, Dan Hedaya and Rosana DeSota star. Song of Songs: Inspired by Sandro Botticelli's "La Primavera" and directed by Peter Bogdanovich. George Segal, Sally Kirkland and Brooke Adams star.
November 1, 2013
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6 A Case of You A young writer smitten with the barista at his local coffee shop scours her Facebook profile for intel and tries to transform himself into her dream guy. With Justin Long and Evan Rachel Wood. Written by Long. Directed by Kat Coiro. IFC Films The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers A documentary tracing six decades of Israel's history, from its founding into the early 21st century. Directed by Richard Trank. Moriah Films FRIDAY, NOV. 8 The Armstrong Lie This documentary follows cyclist Lance Armstrong's return from retirement in 2005 in an attempt to win an eighth Tour de France, and the eventual scandal that resulted from his admitting to the use of performance-enhancing drugs after a federal criminal investigation.
September 24, 1986 |
Watching "The Name of the Rose," you may find yourself as torn as one of Umberto Eco's conscience-wracked, 14th-Century monks. Yes, it is splendid that anyone would take on so formidable a project as Eco's 500-page chambered nautilus of a novel. Yes, this certainly feels like a 14th-Century Italian abbey, bleak, drafty and forbidding. Yes, it looks like it too--the 14th-Century as cast by Federico Fellini, every face a grotesque. But no, sad to say, it isn't a perfectly marvelous film.
November 2, 2011 |
A group of Irish mobsters pulled up in an SUV outside a barn and makeshift gun warehouse, where a band of gang members parked their custom-made Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The men huddled inside the barn, as bodyguards in leather jackets and armed with chains and foot-long knives swatted away flies and eyed one another with suspicion. After a tense exchange, the men got down to business to discuss a weapons deal involving a Mexican cartel. Whether staging weapons deals, gunfights or motorcycle chases, the FX television series "Sons of Anarchy" is creating mayhem all over Los Angeles — and that's a good thing.