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March 11, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
"Black Cloud" is a modest, straightforward but affecting coming-of-age story about a young Navajo with a real talent for boxing but who is also his own worst enemy. It marks a solid writing and directing debut for actor Rick Schroder, and it is above all a fine showcase for Eddie Spears, a handsome, well-muscled Lakota Sioux with a smoldering screen presence. Navajo Nation locales, including sequences set in Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly, provide the film's photogenic settings.
When comedian Miles "Foolish" Waise (Eddie Griffin) gets on stage, no one wants him to leave. Even the most uptight-looking people in the house protest when he's forced by club management to curtail his nasty, fire-breathing routines so that other, lesser talents can get heckled. That's the way you feel watching Griffin whenever he gets a head of steam going. Though he shares top billing with rapper-mogul Master P, "Foolish" is Griffin's vehicle. It's a rickety, misbegotten vehicle to be sure.
September 24, 2004 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
With "A Dirty Shame," John Waters has found in Fine Line Features a distributor that will release a movie with an NC-17 rating, and it's about time. The subversive Waters has maneuvered around R ratings fairly well, but longtime admirers will be grateful that he has returned to the no-holds-barred approach of "Pink Flamingos" and his other Baltimore low-life classics.
May 27, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
A poetic fable that takes a subtle approach to an explosive subject, Gregg Araki's "Mysterious Skin" takes the viewer to bucolic Hutchinson, Kan., where one fateful sunny day two 8-year-olds are playing in a Little League game. Dark-haired, self-confident Neil (Chase Ellison), the star player, has become aware that he is different and that the immediate object of his attraction is the team's coach (Bill Sage).
June 9, 2002 | MICHAEL VENTRE
Working in the camera department at Paramount Studios during the early '90s, Steve Gainer often spotted tripod legs beckoning from dumpsters on the lot. For a fledgling cinematographer who had followed his outsize love of cameras into the movie world, those ungainly limbs proved signposts to a gold mine of old lenses, filters and other camera accessories tossed out thanks to the premium on storage space at studios.
June 30, 2006 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
What's up with Larry Clark and kids in peril? In his latest lurk into the world of teenagers on the loose, Clark uses first-time actors to enact a fictional version of their own experiences.
December 12, 2003 | Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Think of John Waters as a racy Wizard of Oz. Generations of American storytellers have chronicled provincial misfits and artists leaving their homes and finding their true colors in Los Angeles, New York or San Francisco. But Waters does the reverse, attracting international talent to his native Baltimore and convincing them that Charm City and the Emerald City are fully equal. This fall he did it again while shooting "A Dirty Shame." Conceptually, it's a hoot.
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