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April 4, 1987
"Platoon" is a fraud. As a movie, it falls into the same category as "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and films of that ilk; no story line, just one "sensational" scene after another, calculated to shock. While I can understand how the film has done well at the box office (so did "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"), I'm dismayed that the Academy gave it best film and best director; even that it was nominated. I always thought a good screenplay had a story line, a beginning, a middle and end, dramatic imperatives and three-dimensional characters.
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January 7, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting over the Redskins' loss to Seattle. The Skinny: Nice to have new episodes of "The Good Wife" back on CBS. It helped me salvage a depressing Sunday of football. Monday's headlines include a look at the dangers of working on reality shows, a recap of the weekend box office, a big exit at Hulu and a new look for an old TV show. Daily Dose: HBO has renewed its deal for movies from Universal Pictures through 2022. The new agreement should pour lots of cold water on the idea that Universal's parent Comcast Corp.
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January 5, 2013 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
The best horror films are actually about something larger than the grim events that typically befall their characters. It's what makes Tobe Hooper's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" films, George Romero's "Living Dead" movies or the more recent "House of the Devil" and "Let the Right One In" so powerful: They examine societal change and the fear of the other through a distorted lens. As with far too many recent horror sequels and reboots, "Texas Chainsaw 3D," the latest off-target entry in the once radically unnerving series, has little on its mind beyond good-time gore.
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December 27, 1989 | From United Press International
What the world doesn't need is another face in filmdom's rogues' gallery of homicidal maniacs, but that's what it is getting. It should have been enough that Michael Myers of "Halloween," Freddy Krueger of "Nightmare on Elm Street" and Jason Voorhees of "Friday the 13th" could be counted on for annual appearances in slasher-horror pictures. But mark the name of Junior Sawyer, aka Leatherface, who soon will be seen wielding his dismembering weapon in "Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III."
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October 9, 2006 | Sam Adams, Special to The Times
"Meat's meat and bone is bone," proclaims Hoyt (R. Lee Ermey) as he prepares a particularly gory repast. The makers of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" take a similarly elemental approach to the revived franchise's latest installment. There's hardly a body part that isn't mangled, lopped off, ground up or sliced through. Although it's billed as a prequel to the 2003 remake, "Beginning" owes much to the brutal brilliance of Tobe Hooper's 1974 original.
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January 3, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
There won't be much buzz at the box office on the first weekend of the new year, as only one new movie -- "Texas Chainsaw 3D" -- hits theaters nationwide. The horror flick starring the serial killer made famous in 1974's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is expected to debut with a respectable sum of about $16 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The movie is to premiere in a handful of theaters at 10 p.m. on Thursday, before expanding nationwide on Friday to 2,654 locations.
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November 5, 2006 | Dan Neil
Barring a wave of sweet mercy and enlightenment sweeping the nation, by the time you read this, "Saw III" will be the No. 1 movie in America. The "Saw" series revolves around the cruel stylings of Jigsaw, who traps his victims in fiendish puzzles that they must solve as the clock winds down.
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January 7, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting over the Redskins' loss to Seattle. The Skinny: Nice to have new episodes of "The Good Wife" back on CBS. It helped me salvage a depressing Sunday of football. Monday's headlines include a look at the dangers of working on reality shows, a recap of the weekend box office, a big exit at Hulu and a new look for an old TV show. Daily Dose: HBO has renewed its deal for movies from Universal Pictures through 2022. The new agreement should pour lots of cold water on the idea that Universal's parent Comcast Corp.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2006 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
Things are looking up at Warner Bros. After a summer loaded with flops including "Poseidon" and "Lady in the Water," the Burbank studio appeared this weekend to have a badly needed hit on its hands with Martin Scorsese's crime thriller "The Departed." The critically acclaimed picture, starring Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg, opened at No. 1 at the weekend box office with a gross of $27 million in the U.S. and Canada, studios estimated Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
There won't be much buzz at the box office on the first weekend of the new year, as only one new movie -- "Texas Chainsaw 3D" -- hits theaters nationwide. The horror flick starring the serial killer made famous in 1974's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is expected to debut with a respectable sum of about $16 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The movie is to premiere in a handful of theaters at 10 p.m. on Thursday, before expanding nationwide on Friday to 2,654 locations.
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August 12, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Don't worry, be happy — or at least get the warm fuzzies at the Feel Good Film Festival, which "celebrates films and the filmmakers and creative artists that create entertainment with positive themes, happy endings that make audiences laugh and that capture the beauty of the world. " The third annual festival, which includes feature, short and student films, begins Friday at the Egyptian Theatre with "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Cheryl Hines hosting the opener, "Father vs. Son," starring "Modern Family's" Eric Stonestreet.
MAGAZINE
November 5, 2006 | Dan Neil
Barring a wave of sweet mercy and enlightenment sweeping the nation, by the time you read this, "Saw III" will be the No. 1 movie in America. The "Saw" series revolves around the cruel stylings of Jigsaw, who traps his victims in fiendish puzzles that they must solve as the clock winds down.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2006 | Sam Adams, Special to The Times
"Meat's meat and bone is bone," proclaims Hoyt (R. Lee Ermey) as he prepares a particularly gory repast. The makers of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" take a similarly elemental approach to the revived franchise's latest installment. There's hardly a body part that isn't mangled, lopped off, ground up or sliced through. Although it's billed as a prequel to the 2003 remake, "Beginning" owes much to the brutal brilliance of Tobe Hooper's 1974 original.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2006 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
Things are looking up at Warner Bros. After a summer loaded with flops including "Poseidon" and "Lady in the Water," the Burbank studio appeared this weekend to have a badly needed hit on its hands with Martin Scorsese's crime thriller "The Departed." The critically acclaimed picture, starring Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg, opened at No. 1 at the weekend box office with a gross of $27 million in the U.S. and Canada, studios estimated Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2003 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Unable to prevent his cellphone from endlessly chirping the other afternoon, Marcus Nispel gave it the evil eye, as if he were about to heave it out the window. "All these phones are so complicated these days," he complained. "I really wish they would go back to making phones that just had a simple on-and-off switch." In the movie world, when you've directed a hit, your phone gets a good workout. As director of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," a $9.5-million horror film that has grossed $73.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2003 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Unable to prevent his cellphone from endlessly chirping the other afternoon, Marcus Nispel gave it the evil eye, as if he were about to heave it out the window. "All these phones are so complicated these days," he complained. "I really wish they would go back to making phones that just had a simple on-and-off switch." In the movie world, when you've directed a hit, your phone gets a good workout. As director of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," a $9.5-million horror film that has grossed $73.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2013 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
The best horror films are actually about something larger than the grim events that typically befall their characters. It's what makes Tobe Hooper's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" films, George Romero's "Living Dead" movies or the more recent "House of the Devil" and "Let the Right One In" so powerful: They examine societal change and the fear of the other through a distorted lens. As with far too many recent horror sequels and reboots, "Texas Chainsaw 3D," the latest off-target entry in the once radically unnerving series, has little on its mind beyond good-time gore.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 1989 | From United Press International
What the world doesn't need is another face in filmdom's rogues' gallery of homicidal maniacs, but that's what it is getting. It should have been enough that Michael Myers of "Halloween," Freddy Krueger of "Nightmare on Elm Street" and Jason Voorhees of "Friday the 13th" could be counted on for annual appearances in slasher-horror pictures. But mark the name of Junior Sawyer, aka Leatherface, who soon will be seen wielding his dismembering weapon in "Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 1987
"Platoon" is a fraud. As a movie, it falls into the same category as "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and films of that ilk; no story line, just one "sensational" scene after another, calculated to shock. While I can understand how the film has done well at the box office (so did "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"), I'm dismayed that the Academy gave it best film and best director; even that it was nominated. I always thought a good screenplay had a story line, a beginning, a middle and end, dramatic imperatives and three-dimensional characters.
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