January 9, 2013 |
A LINE OF action figures based on the characters from "Django Unchained" have recently gone on sale ($34.99 retail), but Najee Ali wants them taken off the market. Ali, director of the advocacy group Project Islamic Hope, in conjunction with other Los Angeles black community leaders, called for the removal of the toys and said they're "a slap in the face of our ancestors" that "trivializes the horrors of slavery. " But do they really? More than the film itself? Did the action figures made for Quentin Tarantino 's last film, "Inglourious Basterds," trivialize the horrors of the Nazis?
November 24, 2012 |
Reprinted from Wednesday's editions. Talk about crouching tigers! Ang Lee, director of a certain martial-arts adventure, pounces on Life of Pi , the mystical tale based on Yann Martel's novel of a wiry Bengal tiger and a wary adolescent adrift in a lifeboat. The tiger is Richard Parker, so called due to a clerical error that scrambled the name of the cat and his captor. The youth is Piscine Patel, also called Pi, an Indian boy named after the French word for pool . The lifeboat is big enough for eight humans but not for its unexpected cargo.
November 21, 2012
THERE ARE three principles for headache-free moviemaking, and they haven't changed since the silent era. Don't work with kids. Don't work with animals. Don't shoot on water. All three can make practical shooting difficult. Ang Lee does all three in "Life of Pi," the story of a boy crossing the sea with a tiger, and he does it in 3-D. Which raises a question: is he nuts? "Oh yeah, I had some friends, some very good friends, say I don't know what you're thinking, but drop it while you still can," said Lee, the Taiwanese director who's added the Oscar-hyped "Pi" to his impressive and diverse roster of credits - "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Brokeback Mountain," and "Sense and Sensibility.
November 21, 2012 |
CALL HIM Ishmael. Or Jonah. Or Noah. But his name in this sea story is Pi. An Indian boy (Suraj Sharma) months adrift on the trackless ocean, trying to survive on a small lifeboat that he must share with a tiger - his only companion, his mortal enemy, the thing that gives him purpose, the thing that's waiting to take his life. Here we have the capital "P" makings of a parable, or in this case, a parable about parables. The entire story (drawn from the Yann Martel novel) is posed as a challenge, described by its narrator as a story that will make an atheist believe in God. A tall order, surely.
November 19, 2012 |
Life of Pi , Yann Martel's best-selling novel about a 16-year-old boy who survives for 227 days in a lifeboat in the Pacific, will make the most cynical skeptic believe in God, boasts one of its more colorful characters. It's a doozy of a claim, and it gave some pause to filmmaker Ang Lee, whose dazzling, breathtaking $100 million 3-D film version opens on Wednesday. "I'm not sure it will make you believe in God," the Taiwanese-born American director said in a phone interview.
June 10, 2011 |
HONG KONG - Oscar-winning director Ang Lee played an important role in "The Hangover Part II" - at least offscreen. He is the father of one of the actors. The filmmaker's younger son, Mason Lee, plays Teddy, the teenager the lead characters try to rescue as they struggle to piece together what happened during a crazy night in Bangkok. Ang Lee was clearly a proud dad speaking to reporters after catching a showing with his younger brother and mother earlier this week in Taiwan, his home country.
February 4, 2011 |
Although it circles back on itself, bracketed by dreamy scenes of snow-covered woods where momentous things occur, Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful works differently than the Mexican director's previous films. No overlapping time-loop narratives, no sprawling, interconnected cast of characters. The story is linear, the point of view belongs to just one man. And yet, this immensely powerful and haunting work resonates in ways that Amores Perros , 21 Grams, and Babel - hardly lightweight affairs - did not. Much of that resonance has to do with Javier Bardem, who was rightly accorded a best-actor Oscar nomination last week and who draws from a deep, deep well of love, pain, and who-knows-what-else.
August 28, 2009 |
There was a whole lot of fringe at Woodstock, the pivotal fringe festival that took place 40 years ago not in the artsy Upstate New York town but in the distant hamlet of Bethel. In the summer of '69 there were 500,000 stories in that naked village. Taking Woodstock is one of them, a microcosm of the fabled occasion that brought rock-and-roll to Rip Van Winkle country. Ang Lee's deadpan-comic account of the event sees the shaggy and fringe-vested horde through the bemused eyes of Elliot Teichberg (Demetri Martin)
April 24, 2009 |
It's time to catch Demetri Martin before he becomes Steve Martin. The star of Comedy Central's Important Things With Demetri Martin, an inspired amalgam of stand-up, prop, and sketch comedy, has recently scored some meaty roles in such dramatic forthcoming films as Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock and Steven Soderbergh's Moneyball. The Steven Wright acolyte performs tonight at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, delivering his surreal/cerebral humor. (Videos from his shows can be seen on the Comedy Central Web site.