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"Secretary," which won a Special Jury Prize for Originality at this year's Sundance Film Festival, took me much deeper than I wanted to go into the world of secretarial spanking and office-hours sadomasochism. Based on a short story by Mary Gaitskill,...
Times Staff WriterLong ago, back when Mrs. Guy Ritchie was known as Madonna and slithering about in various states of indiscretion with the likes of Vanilla Ice, sadomasochism was all the rage. In film after film, in one fashion magazine after another, someone in a dog...
Young filmmakers find the subject of filmmaking irresistible. Of particular interest to budding auteurs is the conflict between the desire to make the self-indulgent, pretentious "personal" film and working as a hired gun, especially if the project one is...
NEWSDAYIf your dad was the genius who made "The Godfather" trilogy and "Apocalypse Now," chances are you'd want to do whatever you could to avoid his shadow. Unfazed, music video director Roman Coppola has chosen to walk in his father's footsteps, albeit in less...
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Yes, this summer you'll have the chance to see a lot of movies, even more than last year, as the studios try to build on last summer's record-breaking grosses while the multiplexes provide more and more screens for them to do so. Have at it. As always,...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday February 2, 2001 In 1914 brothers Dwight and George Hart built the 264-room Rosslyn Hotel at the southwest corner of 5th and Main streets in downtown L.A., and it proved so successful that in 1923 they built a 422-room annex at the...
FOR THE TIMESFriday May 12, 2000 From "The Red Shoes" to "The Turning Point," dramatic films about the ballet world have begged the question: How is it that such a serious and disciplined performing art attracts such silly and chaotic people? The callow...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday October 15, 1999 Cedric Kahn's relentless "L'Ennui" is such a rigorous exploration of sexual obsession that it proves to be a most demanding film. Virtually devoid of eroticism and sensuality, it depicts with the utmost realism a 17-year-...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday May 5, 2000 "Up at the Villa" is the knockoff version of a quality film. With a beautiful period look and the presence of gifted actors Sean Penn and Kristin Scott Thomas, it resembles the real thing, but a closer examination reveals that the...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday March 19, 1999 Macabre doesn't begin to describe the sly, grisly Grand Guignol horror of "Ravenous," which has all the ingredients for a cult film success but most definitely is not for everyone. It's stylish, sophisticated, venturesome--to...
Tags: Jeffrey Jones, Entertainment, Death, Damon Albarn, Movies
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday July 24, 1998 More than any of his other films, and that includes "Schindler's List," Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" won't leave you alone. To see it is to need to talk about it, to wrestle both with the formidable impact of its...
Tags: Adam Goldberg, Ted Danson, John Wayne, Vin Diesel, Dennis Farina
FOR THE TIMESFriday October 3, 1997 Move over, Harry's Bar and the Bad Hemingway Contest. We think we have the winner of the first Terrible Tennessee Williams competition. Not that we're aware of such an event, but how else to explain John Patrick Kelley's...
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