April 12, 2013 |
THE TEST for Danny Boyle in "Trance," a movie built around amnesia and hypnosis, is to mesmerimize you into forgetting how much you hate the amnesia premise. Amnesia? I remember when Franka Potente put that question to Matt Damon in "The Bourne Identity," and made a face, so the movie could signal that it was on our side. The unabashed "Trance" dives in with Boyle's typical enthusiasm, even doubles down with hypnosis - James McAvoy is a high-class auctioneer who gets hit on the head during an art heist, then is put under hypnosis to remember what happened during the robbery.
June 24, 1986
Many Austrians who actively participated in the German Anschluss of Austria in 1930, and then assisted with great enthusiasm in the most bestial and sadistic activities against Jews, are trying to hide their past under the excuse of having been "victims" of the Nazis. One would have hoped that almost 50 years had given the new generation of Austrians sufficient time to rethink their country's recent history and confront their elders with those infamous tragic events to draw their own conclusions.
August 20, 2011 |
MADRID - Pope Benedict XVI complained yesterday that modern society has a certain "amnesia" about God as he lamented the dwindling of faith during a visit to Spain, a once-staunchly Catholic country that has seen the church's grip on society fall dramatically since the end of the Fascist dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Benedict was speaking in general terms about the secularization that has taken hold in much of the West. He was addressing a few hundred nuns gathered in El Escorial monastery, about 30 miles northwest of the capital.
August 26, 1990 |
"I play a New York trial lawyer who has all the trappings of success," Harrison Ford reported recently about his soon-to-roll project, Regarding Henry. "One night, he goes out to get a pack of cigarettes, and he gets shot in the head. He awakes from a coma with total amnesia. " Ford's character is not alone. We've had spates of body-switching films, canine-cop buddy movies, and, last year, a trio of deep-sea thrillers. Now, two Hollywood studios are readying not one, not two, but at least three productions that hinge on the dramatic device of amnesia.
January 3, 2002 |
WORDS FAIL US" was the predominant clich? in the days immediately after the (September 11) attacks, but for some, even intellectuals in other secular democracies, words have been too easily and cheaply produced; they matter-of-factly declared, "The United States had it coming. " The closest I've knowingly come to a "senseless" violent death was during an airline flight from New Orleans to Newark when turbulence so rocked, shook, rattled the plane that it seemed the plane could not endure and would break into pieces.
May 16, 2003 |
Deader than deadpan, Aki Kaurismaki's The Man Without a Past is a dour-faced but sublime comedy about the kindness of strangers - and about the strangeness of people who find themselves in oddball moments of grace. A guy with a suitcase (Markku Peltola) is mugged in a Helsinki park, left for dead. In fact, he does die. But then, in a hospital bed, he reawakens - and has no memory of who he is, where he is, or why. With little more than a shrug and a sigh (Peltola has the scruffy implacability of a silent screen comic)
April 27, 1995 |
Neither party seems to remember the time Tyheem Melton pumped a bullet into the left eye of Dana Grogan. But it happened, and Grogan, 21, lost the sight in her eye. Yesterday, Melton, 21, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in the incident and was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison by Common Pleas Judge C. Darnell Jones. The amnesia of both parties has left the prosecution with no motive for the crime, said Assistant District Attorney Debbie Goodman. Apparently, Melton had no history of abusing Grogan, the mother of his two children.
August 28, 1987 |
He smokes Newport cigarettes and drinks milk. He speaks with a French accent and enjoys taking walks. He recalls being on a farm somewhere in the south of France. He remembers nothing else. To Chalfont Borough police, the man who walked into their tiny department earlier this month with a brown paper bag and a case of amnesia is known as John Doe - a European with a forgotten past and an uncertain future. The bag contained only a half-gallon of spoiled milk and two packs of cigarettes.
January 1, 1986 |
Police have turned up evidence corroborating James McDonnell's account of suffering from amnesia for 15 years after disappearing from his home in New York, the police commissioner in Mamaroneck, N.Y., said yesterday. "Our investigation failed to disclose any evidence of wrongdoing or even any likelihood of wrongdoing," said the commissioner, Arthur Dallas. McDonnell, 64, reappeared at his wife's house in Larchmont, N.Y., on Christmas Day after living in Philadelphia for 15 years.
September 6, 1994 |
Life has been bountiful for Shane Black, 32, who made headlines recently when his latest screenplay, a violent thriller about a female assassin called The Long Kiss Goodnight, was sold to New Line Cinema for an all-time record fee of $4 million. It was something to crow about, even by the standards of one of Hollywood's most highly paid action maestros. Black's reputation rests primarily on his original script of Lethal Weapon, which became a high-grossing, blam-blam cop movie in 1987 starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.