September 19, 2013
A handful of recent movies have served up sections of the life of 20th century kung fu master Ip Man, whose teachings, like the proverbial Velvet Underground myth about rock bands, spawned a generation's worth of martial artists (including Bruce Lee). Five years after the crowd-pleasing early-days action film "Ip Man," and on the heels of Wong Kar Wai's meditative epic "The Grandmaster," comes Herman Yau's so-so opus "Ip Man: The Final Fight. " Covering the Chinese legend's later years in British-controlled 1950s Hong Kong - here represented by colorful if backlot-obvious street sets - it features sturdy character actor Anthony Wong in the title role.
November 16, 1998 |
For one night anyway, the Bates Motel looked like Chinatown on New Year's. When "Psycho" director Gus Van Sant was ready to start shooting at the new Bates house set last July, his production team organized a lavish feng shui ceremony designed to ward off any Hitchcockian evil spirits that might be lurking on the Universal Studios back lot. A kung fu master and his disciples blessed the house by performing a costumed lion dance in front of a Chinese temple altar.
April 19, 1996 |
First "Chungking Express," then "Days of Being Wild," and now the Nuart catches us up with two more films of Hong Kong virtuoso Wong Kar-wai: "Ashes of Time" (1994) and "As Tears Go By" (1988), which will play as a double feature through Tuesday. "Ashes of Time" is a sweeping, bravura martial arts period adventure set primarily in a vast desert and dealing with emotions more than swordplay.
April 8, 2005 |
An anthology on the subject of desire, "Eros" puts three directors to work on discrete films produced by Stephane Tchal Gadjieff, who also produced Michelangelo Antonioni's "Beyond the Clouds." Antonioni provides the final film in the troika -- a small mercy, really. The other two, directed by filmmakers who have appeared "on record," according to press notes, as having been influenced by the once-great Italian director, are also arranged in order of descending success.
May 25, 1995 |
The UCLA Film and Television Archive and Visual Communications' 10th annual Asian Pacific Film and Video Festival, which begins Thursday and runs through June 4, will present more than 50 films at five venues. The festival opens at the Japan America Theater with Sokly Ny and Spencer Nakasako's "A.K.A. Don Bonus," about a Cambodian youth living in a San Francisco housing project.
April 21, 2007
PATRICK GOLDSTEIN says he misses "the Harvey Weinstein [he] used to know" -- claiming that "the Oscar impresario who ... was truly, madly, deeply in love with movies" has been replaced by a "slimmed-down mogul ... who has lost his way" ["Please Come Home," April 17]. That's sweet of Patrick (especially the part about my being "slimmed-down"), but it's also a bit disingenuous. I never fell out of love with movies. I did have to spend time building the infrastructure of our new company, but we still produced films I'm extremely proud of, like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's daring "Grindhouse," Anthony Minghella's beautiful "Breaking and Entering" and the politically charged "Bobby."
September 26, 1997 |
The New York Film Festival is not the biggest, oldest or most prestigious event on the international festival calendar, but it is the most sanely organized, and for cinema buffs who can't do Cannes, Toronto and Berlin every year, it is reel-for-reel, pound-for-pound, dollar-for-dollar the best fest of them all.
June 7, 2011
MOVIES Allegro Non Troppo Cinefamily presents a rare 35-millimeter screening of the 1976 musical from master Italian animator Bruno Bozzetto. A feature-length parody of Disney's "Fantasia," "Allegro Non Troppo" bursts with even more psychedelic potential than its predecessor. Bozzetto visualizes Ravel's "Bolero" as an evolutionary fantasy (one that supposes life began as germs from a discarded Coke bottle), and uses Vivaldi's Concerto in C as the backdrop of an insect-revenge scenario.
May 23, 2007 |
Director Martin Scorsese launched the World Cinema Foundation on Tuesday in a bid to preserve neglected films for posterity and restore others that have been damaged. Inspired by a similar venture in the United States that Scorsese launched with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood, the nonprofit foundation was formally unveiled at the 60th Cannes Film Festival. "This goes back to the founding of the Film Foundation in America," Scorsese told a news conference.