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May 29, 1992 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
MGM/UA's "Thelma & Louise," one of the most popular video rentals of the last few years, is coming to the sales market June 24 at $20 - a surprising development since it premiered on home video Jan. 8. For nearly all major movies, the time between rental-market debut in the $95-$100 range and the price reduction for the sales market, to $20-$25, is usually nine months to a year.
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December 15, 1989 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
Video games, and the kids obsessed with them, are the main subjects of "The Wizard" (citywide). But is it inevitable that the movie itself become a video game, with the movie-makers ramming us through the story, trying to jam down all our buttons? "Rain Man" may be one of the models for "The Wizard," but the treatment is closer to "Pac-man." The characters don't really interact. They keep moving forward, gobbling up the plot as they go.
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July 17, 1995 | TERRY WILLEY and CAROL BAKER-WILLEY, Terry Willey is a family counselor who lives in Bakersfield with his wife, Carol Baker-Willey. They write screenplays together
Film critic Kenneth Turan can't seem to decide whether he liked "Apollo 13" ("Mission Improbable," June 30). Was it a "sentimental, middle-of-the-road" movie? Or was it "a great story, which they mostly tell rather well"? What did seem pretty clear was that Turan does not like director Ron Howard and did not want to say anything nice about his work. Calling Howard "the master of Opie-Vision" seems on a par with calling Frank Capra "the king of Capra-corn." And we know how much that damaged Mr.
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May 27, 1993 | JEFFREY WELLS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Tom and Roseanne Arnold can't seem to get a break. Following their flap with ABC over Tom Arnold's "Jackie Thomas Show," the couple hit a roadblock in their efforts to get their first movie together off the ground. Columbia Pictures pulled the plug Monday on the Arnolds' modestly budgeted road movie--sometimes referred to as "Thelma & Lou" or "Car Movie"--three weeks before it was to begin shooting.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 1992 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hal Hartley is a filmmaker who takes us to familiar-looking yet utterly strange places: modern cul-de-sacs where anxiety meets lassitude, honor battles absurdity, and love tries to strike a bargain with lust. He's a comic original, but he's not just a comedian. With his mixture of sly wit and wary compassion, he's able to dig deeper into his characters than all but a handful of American directors, especially the self-consciously serious ones.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 1990 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
"Coupe de Ville" (selected theaters), a mediocre road comedy with a few sparkling scenes, tackles that pivotal cultural question of the '60s: Exactly what were the lyrics of the Kingsmen's mush-mouthed big-beat hit "Louie Louie"? Were they, as many suspect, a barrage of unrelieved scatology and filth? Were they a tender, if incoherent, love song? Or were they, as one "Coupe" character stoutly maintains, a sea chantey about a voyage to Jamaica?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 1995 | Richard Natale, Richard Natale is a frequent contributor to Calendar.
When the FBI went into the movie business in the 1980s in an attempt to weed out racketeering and payola, mobsters weren't the only casualties of the sting. Among the unwitting participants in the drama were struggling filmmakers Dan Lewk and Gary Levy. Though their film "Cartunes" was never produced, they were left with a wild story to tell--and now the real Hollywood is listening. The two were approached in 1987 by a producer named David Rudder with an offer they couldn't refuse.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2008 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
WITH his ever-present sunglasses and cultivated mystique, Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai has become one of the most distinct brand names on the international cinema circuit.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2007 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
WHILE norteamericanos were rereading dog-eared copies of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera," a dyslexic, globe-trotting high-school dropout and ex-heroin addict was publishing the most celebrated Latin American novels in three decades. Then, in 2003, he died.
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December 11, 2011 | By Dennis Lim, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Before he made it, the great radical filmmaker Robert Kramer described "Milestones," the 1975 epic of post-counterculture America that he co-directed with John Douglas, as "the last film. " "Everything has to be in it," Kramer said. "All the play of the heart. All the fullness of feeling. " True to his promise, "Milestones," newly available on DVD through Icarus Films, contains multitudes. In a film that stretches and sprawls and often seems to overflow its bounds, dozens of characters around the country — on communes, in cities, on the road, starting families, finding work, reintegrating into society after time in prison — wrestle with what it means to live in the hangover of their dashed utopian aspirations.
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