July 15, 2011 |
In trying to give a modern twist to "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan's" bestselling story of women and friendship in 19th century China, director Wayne Wang has been tripped up by his chick-lit tendencies. He should have trusted that author Lisa See's moving portrait of two girls bound by fate, custom and circumstance (as tightly and at times as painfully as the cloth that wraps and warps their feet) would be enough. Instead, he's weighted down the big-screen version with a couple of 21st century Sex in Shanghai-styled BFFs who've had a nasty falling-out.
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September 29, 1985 |
When Sophia saw the numbers in the newspaper, she knew she was alone. There had been five children with AIDS in the city, and now there was one--the one asleep in the next room. "It's been a month since I've cried about him," Sophia said of her 3-year-old son, Alonzo. She fingers the brim of her red straw hat, leans across the kitchen table and talks about being a single mother with a child suffering from acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
February 9, 1986
I take exception with Marshall McNott, whose letter, after praising the acting in "The Color Purple" continued: "Its script, however, could have been written by the staunchest of feminists." However suggests that meritorious work and staunch feminists are mutually exclusive--as though the work of feminists could not, by virtue of its authority, ever be worthy of "high credits." While the major male characters in "The Color Purple" are unsympathetic, to say the least, consider: the guitar player in Shug's band, who tries to dissuade Sophia from the course of action that lands her in jail; Shug's husband, Grady, a conciliator in tense circumstances; Sophia's friend, Buster, who offers the enlightened sentiment that he doesn't "fight my woman's battles for her. My job is to love her and take her where she wants to go."
January 6, 2013 |
In "Deception," a new mystery serial premiering Monday on NBC, Megan Goode plays Joanna Locasta, a San Francisco police detective recruited by the FBI - by her ex-partner/ex-boyfriend (Laz Alonso), specifically - to go undercover among the family of her former best friend, the victim of a suspicious drug overdose. The family, in whose house Joanna grew up - her mother was their maid - is, of course, rich and powerful and ridiculously dysfunctional. Not only that, but also, in the words of Joanna's FBI handler and ex-boyfriend, "They've been under investigation for stock manipulation for the last nine years," suggesting that the family is very clever, or that the authorities are very distracted.
October 10, 2013 |
Inspired by the Death Cab for Cutie song of the same name, "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" in fact hews pretty closely to not only the lyrics' incredibly romantic sentiment but its views on the afterlife. Unfortunately, those ideas get muddled by a setup with a religious bent that's never fully explored and an instance of euthanasia that's only tenuously related to the central plot. For Mark Edwin Robinson's movie is ultimately a horror flick: Reeling from the recent deaths of her parents, Sophia (Mischa Barton)
January 1, 2010 |
Macy Palmer would be living the life of a normal Midwestern 16-year-old girl, if only the Scythians hadn't driven her family from their Minnesota home. Or perhaps the blame lies with the spreading plague, or the rival Imperial army -- it's hard to say. Exactly who or what is the cause for the chaos in "Total Oblivion, More or Less" is not as important as how it reshapes Macy's world. She's a smarter-than-average teenager with a mildly dysfunctional family. Her flirtatious older sister, Sophia, plans to skip traditional college and become a midwife, not exactly the path their father, an astronomy professor, might have chosen.