November 27, 2009
Dec. 4 Armored: (Screen Gems) Officers at an armored transport security firm risk their lives when they embark on a heist against their own company. With Matt Dillon, Jean Reno and Laurence Fishburne. Brothers : (Lionsgate) When a decorated Marine goes missing in Afghanistan, his black-sheep younger brother cares for his wife and children at home. With Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman and Sam Shepard. Everybody's Fine: (Miramax) In this remake of Giuseppe Tornatore's "Stanno Tutti Bene," a widower embarks on an impromptu road trip to reconnect with each of his grown children.
October 16, 2009
"Touch of Evil" opens with a mind-blowing traveling shot that starts at the level of a belt buckle and then swings left and right and up as a quicksilver figure sets a time bomb and places the device in the trunk of a car. Continuing in one unbroken movement as a blonde and a millionaire get into the car, the camera pulls away into a panoramic view of the border town of Los Robles, Mexico, then floats down to follow Mexican narcotics investigator Vargas...
September 3, 2006
Orson Welles: Hello Americans (Volume 2) Simon Callow Whatever Happened to Orson Welles? A Portrait of an Independent Career Joseph McBride University of Kentucky Press / 384 pages / $29.95 If, as the saying goes, genius is defined by an infinite capacity for taking pains, then Orson Welles was no genius. If, as another saying goes, God is in the details, then there was nothing godlike about him, either - despite the worshipful posturings of his many acolytes. How, people go on wondering, could the man who created Citizen Kane, arguably the greatest of all American films, fritter away the rest of his life - nearly half a century - on movies spoiled by his own inattention or by the machinations of others or, worse, simply abandoned with many of their most significant elements lost?
February 19, 2006
THE DICK CAVETT SHOW: COMIC LEGENDS / / Shout! Factory / $39.95 Of all the Johnny Carson-wannabes trotted out by the networks, Dick Cavett was probably the best -- precisely because he didn't act like Carson. On The Tonight Show, it was often a toss-up who deserved the spotlight more, Carson or his guest. Rather than competing with his guests, Cavett instead chose simply to ask questions, serve as an audience surrogate -- and let the chips fall where they may. Cavett's shows may not have been as entertaining as Carson's were, but they were invaluable as showcases for his guests' talents.
March 20, 2005
A Memorable Place Grover's Mill marks Martian 'invasion' By John L. Flynn SPECIAL TO THE SUN Located off a lonely country road a few miles from Princeton University in New Jersey, a solitary monument commemorates the first landing site of the Martian invasion. Martian invasion? Many people may forget that Martian war machines invaded our living rooms on Oct. 30, 1938, through the radio, and a young Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre players were responsible for a panic that was very real to many Americans.
January 4, 2004
Critic Peter Conrad has written an unconventional biography of Orson Welles by examining his career as a filmmaker, actor and writer in the context of the facts, self-inventions and obsessions of his tumultuous life. Conrad traces Welles' connections with Shakespearean tragic figures, his manifestations as Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane and Harry Lime in The Third Man and his countless uncompleted film projects. Conrad's Orson Welles: The Stories of His Life (Faber and Faber, 368 pages, $25)