May 4, 1991 |
"Victim of Love" (at 9 p.m. Sunday on Channels 2 and 8) is misnomered. It ought to be "Victim of Sex," which not only would work better for the ratings sweeps but also is more to the point. Pierce Brosnan portrays the hypotenuse of a triangle as Professor Paul, an Edgar Allan Poe scholar who drops Poe-etic passages at the drop of an eyelid. Playing the angles are JoBeth Williams as therapist Tess and Virginia Madsen as moony Carla.
April 9, 2009 |
It took a heck of a lot more than a CD of haunted house sounds to give "The Haunting in Connecticut" its bumps in the night. Though nowhere did the postproduction work stand out more than in the climactic basement scene in which the undead spirit emerges from its sealed room to loom over Virginia Madsen. "That's a scene that was created absolutely from scratch," says editor Tom Elkins, who also created sound effects tracks with sound designer James Wallace.
November 6, 1993
A private memorial service for Duncan Gibbins, the British director and screenwriter who died Wednesday of burns suffered while he was trying to save a cat during the Calabasas/Malibu fire, will be held today at the Writers Guild Theater.
October 6, 1987 |
They walk around in a glassy-eyed trance. They smile fixedly, toady to their superiors and keep uttering bland and ridiculous cliches. They're the ideal corporate hacks of the future--ready, it seems, for any major weapons corporation, the phone company or the U.S. government.
October 7, 2006 |
Two of the networks' most-touted new serialized dramas appear to be on the ropes after only three weeks of the fall TV season, but producers of both shows say they are not down for the count -- at least not yet. CBS has pulled "Smith," starring Ray Liotta as a thief encountering pressures on the job and at home, from its lineup and did not specify if or when the drama would return. The series, which co-starred Oscar-nominee Virginia Madsen, comes from acclaimed producer John Wells.
November 1, 1991 |
"Highlander 2: The Quickening" (citywide) improves upon the original. This doesn't mean that it's anywhere near a classic of time-travel fantasy adventure. Rather, as both prequel and sequel, it makes clearer much that was so vague in the original; it even jokes about how confusing its premise is. In short, audiences who made the first film successful enough to warrant a second will be getting a bit more for their money.
November 20, 1992 |
Movies about famous writers' lives are rarely satisfying. It may make dramatic sense that a writer's work and a writer's life should be depicted as all-of-a-piece but things rarely work out so neatly in the real world. What we too often get at the movies is a diminishing of both the life and the art. In the case of Colette, the temptation to connect her life and her art is especially understandable since so much of what she wrote made the connection for us anyway.