June 12, 2011 |
If there's an afterlife, here's hoping it turns out to be like the tasty one that writer-director Albert Brooks envisioned in "Defending Your Life. " In the 1991 comedy, Meryl Streep's character blissfully slurps up mounds of spaghetti because, in eternity, all food is fabulously delicious and the eater never gains an ounce. Filmmakers have been putting versions of heaven and its iterations on screen going back to the days of silents. The latest to try is writer-director Terrence Malick, who in his arty and evocative "The Tree of Life" suggests that the dead live on — and we're not talking a zombie movie.
April 5, 1989 |
Vincent Ward's "The Navigator" (Westside Pavilion) transports us to as remote a time and place imaginable, a snow-covered copper-mining village in Cumbria, in March of 1348.
September 27, 1998
MOVIES Directed by "Map of the Human Heart's" Vincent Ward, "What Dreams May Come" stars Robin Williams (right), Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra and Max Von Sydow in a tale of a love so powerful that it defies the bounds of heaven and earth. The film opens Friday in general release. MOVIES "Antz," DreamWorks' first animated film, is the tale of a revolution in an ant colony that becomes a celebration of individuality in the face of overwhelming conformity.
October 2, 1998 |
Some movies are so cloying and simplistically sentimental they could rouse the Grinch in a saint. "What Dreams May Come" is a hymn to enduring romance off-putting enough that playing the old rock anthem "Love Stinks" at top volume is the only reliable antidote.
April 23, 1993 |
When a filmmaker dares greatly, tries to touch the sky, he or she runs the risk of looking absurd. Audiences quick to scoff at "pretension" may miss the grandeur lying right in front of them. Vincent Ward's "Map of the Human Heart" (AMC Century 14), a startling epic of cultural seduction, has that kind of grand overreaching.
May 31, 1992 |
With the onslaught of this summer's movies comes a tidal wave of screenwriting credits. And those are just the credited writers. Take "Alien 3," for example. The screenplay is by David Giler & Walter Hill and Larry Ferguson. The ampersand indicates that Giler and Hill worked together as a team. And while Ferguson, whose name is separated by an and , was not officially part of that team, according to a Writers Guild arbitration, he's credited with 50% of the screenplay.
August 14, 1986 |
"Vigil" (opening Friday at Westside Pavilion) celebrates nature in its eternal cycle of life and death as it is experienced by an imaginative, isolated New Zealand farm girl named Toss (Fiona Kay) on the brink of puberty. In his first full-length feature, Vincent Ward, the most gifted and original of New Zealand's film makers, has created an extraordinary visual and psychological experience, a work of awesome beauty at once mystical and earthy, robust and eerie.
October 29, 1990 |
In the spirit of Halloween, Filmforum tonight will present Peggy Ahwesh and Keith Sanborn's outrageous half-hour "The Deadman" (LACE at 8), which in its raunchy sex and camp pathos recalls early Warhol and such vintage underground fare as the late Curt McDowell's "Thundercrack!" A sendup of lurid vamp melodrama, complete with silent-era intertitles, it plays around with the old sex-death equation, in this case the uninhibited carrying on of a young woman after the demise of her lover.
December 19, 2002 |
There are movie premieres with star celebs sashaying down red carpets to the beat of bulb-popping paparazzi and then there are those like the hometown celebratory unveiling of Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," the second part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, that took place Wednesday evening in New Zealand's capital, (or Wellywood as it is now known), that are events of Super Bowl proportions.
May 3, 1997 |
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, hoping to compete with Hollywood's major studios and better position itself in the global marketplace, on Friday launched a new U.S. movie distribution company and announced the executive team who will run it. The company plans to release five major motion pictures in its first year of operation, working up to 10 to 12 annually by 2000.