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 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.
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.
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January 8, 2006 |
"Capote" upset "Brokeback Mountain" on Saturday when the biographical drama was chosen best picture by the National Society of Film Critics. To date, the majority of critics' groups had named "Brokeback Mountain" as the top picture of 2005, but the western drama about two cowboys in love didn't even place among the three main contenders for best film during Saturday's vote. In fact, "Brokeback" was shut out by the 57-member National Society of Film Critics.
May 22, 2013 |
Not surprisingly, Ai Weiwei's new music video features wall-to-wall profanity and an aggressive anger aimed at China's ruling Communist party. The celebrated Chinese artist has released a new heavy-metal music video about the 81 days he spent in prison after being arrested by Chinese authorities in 2011. The single, titled "Dumbass," is a Mandarin-language diatribe filled with expletives. It also features the artist's trademark mix of dry humor, media commentary and self-mythology.
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.