July 21, 2000 |
It takes a lot of chutzpah to recycle Simon & Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair" for a plaintive movie interlude, almost as much as it takes to title your movie "Loser." That's about as far as nerve takes writer-director Amy Heckerling in her formulaic new teen opus, which is unique mostly for its refusal to indulge the hard-sell, gross-out desires of its intended youth market.
June 3, 2003 |
Cancer cells can be ambitious little imperialists. So can the cancer-fighting researchers and the institutions that support them. This is the provocative metaphor that informs Bob Clyman's "The Secret Order," a compellingly sharp-tongued drama at Laguna Playhouse. Producer Norman Twain hopes to take the play to Broadway next season. Under the direction of Michael Sexton, "The Secret Order" briskly analyzes four mostly well-intentioned people who work at a fictional medical institute in New York.
January 22, 2000 |
Freddie Prinze Jr. and Julia Stiles are as appealing a pair of young lovers as you could wish for. And as long as first-time writer-director Kris Isacsson focuses squarely on them, "Down to You" plays well as a story of how two intelligent, privileged people meet in college, then fall passionately in love lots faster than they were prepared for.
October 23, 2009 |
As in the best movie satires, there's a solid core of truth informing director Jonathan Parker's "(Untitled)," which takes on the New York art and music worlds in one smart and funny swoop. The film, co-written by Parker and Catherine DiNapoli, strikes a mostly happy balance between observational farce and heightened reality, without defaulting to the overly broad or ridiculous just to prove a point. The filmmakers are also blessed with a strong cast, whose portrayals of the movie's various buyers, sellers and creators rarely feel forced or concocted but believably lived in. Adam Goldberg, whose aggressive-neurotic shtick has often been wearying, is enjoyably effective here as Adrian Jacobs, a brooding, strangely passionate composer of atonal music who just can't square why his "sound art" falls on so many deaf ears -- and empty concert halls -- while his painter-brother Josh's (Eion Bailey)
September 16, 2012 |
In the opening scenes of "Revolution," a new adventure series debuting Monday on NBC, electricity disappears from the world. It is not one of those EMP-burst scenarios that haunt off-the-grid conspiracy types - search for "EMP burst" online and you'll see who I mean - but a kind of ontological evaporation of the thing itself. Obviously, there is some technological hocus pocus involved, because as the power winks out, we see family man Ben Matheson (Tim Guinee) hurriedly download something Scientific from a laptop to a thumb drive embedded in what looks like an amulet.