March 12, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas -- In her bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, Kathleen Hanna has brought a fiercely feminist perspective to her lyrics and music, inspiring multiple generations of young women. The new documentary “The Punk Singer,” which is having its world premiere at the South by Southwestf film festival, is a concise look at Hanna as a larger-than-life force and her more up-close, human travails. The film covers such high-profile moments in Hanna's career as her connections to the '90s Northwest music scene -- she coined the phrase “smells like teen spirit” used in Nirvana's epochal song and was once punched in the face by Courtney Love.
January 16, 1998
Tamra Davis' "Half Baked," starring Dave Chappelle, a comedy in which three party dudes try to break one of their buddies out of prison, also opens today. Because Universal Studios did not make the film available for screenings, The Times' review will appear on Monday.
May 2, 1993
As whenever a new Western is announced, I'm looking forward to "Bad Girls," the Tamra Davis-directed feature Goldstein mentions. It's interesting to note that the scene she describes from her film, in which a woman turns oral sex into blood revenge, was anticipated 16 years ago in the Julius J. Epstein-Herbert Asmodi script for "Cross of Iron." That film was directed by the noted feminist Sam Peckinpah. JIM BEAVER Van Nuys
August 19, 2010
The titular painter and graffiti artist of Tamra Davis' documentary "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child" continues to garner fascination and analysis. Getting its title from an article in Artforum that first brought the sprout-headed artist to the attention of the New York gallery scene, the film builds upon footage of an interview Basquiat did in 1985. Davis, a close friend of the artist, who died in 1988 of a heroin overdose, gives the documentary a deep, emotional core. Landmark Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard.
May 8, 1994 |
No matter how often we've seen it, if it's done right--as this 1992 film was--there's something endlessly watchable about violence-prone young lovers fighting off a fatalistic universe. Borrowing its title (here shortened to one word) and some broad concepts from Joseph Lewis's 1949 film noir classic and "Bonnie and CLyde," first-time director Tamra Davis and writer Matthew Bright have brought an empathetic approach to this latest version.
February 11, 1995 |
"Billy Madison" looks as if it were made to fill the void left by Pee-wee Herman. We never needed Pee-wee more. Adam Sandler plays Billy Madison, a spoiled rich nudnik who stands to inherit the family business from his hotel tycoon father (Darren McGavin)--except Madison Sr. seems to think his jerky scion isn't up to it. For one thing, the only reason he graduated public school is because his father paid off the teachers.