June 12, 1994 |
If recreational sex these days is a battlefield, then Rebecca De Mornay and Don Johnson, the stars of this 1993 movie, come off as couple of erotic samurai. Playing a hotshot female defense attorney and her randy client, an accused wife-killer, these two use sexiness as a weapon: ripping each other with a glance, thrusting with an innuendo, parrying with a smile.
May 21, 2013 |
Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke's "A Touch of Sin," which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last week, will be coming to U.S. screens in late fall or early winter. The New York-based company Kino Lorber announced Tuesday that it had picked up the U.S. rights to the movie. The film is Jia's fourth to play at the festival and is divided into four stories. L.A. Times critic Kenneth Turan called the film "a corrosive depiction of the New China, an everything-for-sale society still figuring out how to cope with the dehumanizing effects of unbridled capitalism.
October 12, 2013 |
Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke's "Unknown Pleasures," "The World" and "24 City" have been celebrated by critics and on the international festival circuit, but his work has yet to break through with a wider audience in America. That might change with his latest, "A Touch of Sin," an action film of sorts set in contemporary China and opening Friday in Los Angeles. Where Jia's earlier works have often blended fiction with documentary, here he overlays the style of traditional martial arts adventure storytelling known as wuxia onto his contemporary four-part tale of loners, revenge and violence based on recent real-life incidents in China.
May 18, 1986
Re "A Quiet Triumph of Hate" by Al Martinez (Times, May 8): This is the most meaningful, serious and important article that Martinez has ever written . . . a prize winner. I hope the racist hate-mongers get the message. The most disgraceful and frightening thing is that the Police Department, the FBI and the postal inspector refused to become involved. It brings to mind the Holocaust, when the (people of the) whole world closed their eyes, while 6 million men, women and children lost their lives, and proves again that SILENCE is the most unforgivable sin in the world when there is a principle involved.
March 7, 2013 |
It's no wonder that Luis Buñuel wanted to turn "The Monk" into a movie. Once banned, now merely cherished, the 1796 novel is a lurid amalgam of religious devotion and sin, earthly temptations and supernatural doings. Buñuel never made his movie, but there have been numerous adaptations. The latest, from French director Dominik Moll, is a work whose elegant atmospherics ultimately overwhelm the story, even with the terrific Vincent Cassel in the title role. Moll's version, arriving stateside almost two years after it opened in France, is a decided change of pace for the director of "With a Friend Like Harry" and new territory as well for Cassel.
June 7, 1995 |
"Living in sin" should no longer be regarded as sinful and the phrase should be dropped given the number of people who now live together before getting married, a Church of England report said Tuesday. Warning against judgmental attitudes about cohabitation and fornication, the report by the church's Board of Social Responsibility estimated that four in five couples will live together before they marry by the year 2000.