March 10, 1986 |
It's the kind of car problem that needs an understanding, open-minded mechanic: "I've got this rattling noise under the wheels. Do you think it might be a ninja hanging on the front axle?" You can find Sho Kosugi doing a front-end alignment with his teeth under a speeding pickup truck in Pray for Death. When he's not under a car or jumping over people, he can be heard making abrupt, strangled cries of the sort usually associated with people who have just learned they need extensive root- canal work.
August 22, 2004 |
Even by Spike Lee's controversy-seeking standards, the filmmaker's She Hate Me is overheated. The film, which opened in area theaters on Friday, is about Jack Armstrong, a Wharton-educated young African American, played by Anthony Mackie, who loses his job after turning corporate whistle-blower. Strapped for cash, he becomes a sperm donor for wealthy lesbians with an urge to breed. He beds as many as seven women a night, while trying to stay out of trouble with the feds and a Mafia don, played by John Turturro, who does a mean Marlon Brando impersonation.
February 4, 1986 |
Bruce Lee may be dead, but the martial arts action film he helped popularize with American moviegoers is alive and kicking. On TV, in the movies and on home video, a small but hardcore audience of "chop socky" fans (a term coined by the trade paper "Variety") - mostly male, young and urban - is keeping the martial arts flame alive: "Black Belt Theater," a syndicated package of mostly Hong Kong-produced martial arts films, is now in its fifth year on TV. It's seen in 88 markets nationwide, including Channel 57 on Saturdays at 8 p.m. and has been pulling in strong ratings and demographics ever since it first went on-air.
December 17, 2000 |
Twenty years ago, when Ang Lee was just another anonymous film-school student, he would ride the subway from New York University to Times Square to indulge a secret and innocent passion. "It was the best place to see martial-arts movies," Lee, now 46, remembered. "But most of the time, they would be on a double bill with a porno film. That gives you an idea of their stature. " With one exhilarating new epic, Lee has forever altered that disdainful perception of the kind of movie that was a vital part of his childhood in Taiwan.
November 28, 2006 |
IF PAMELA Anderson and Kid Rock can't make it work, what hope is there for the rest of us? The pneumatic pinup and the stringy-haired rocker each filed divorce papers yesterday seeking to end their marriage of less than four months. It seems that once the three-month honeymoon ended, all that was left were the "irreconcilable differences. " Pam's rep had no comment on the matter, but Pam wrote on her Web site, "Yes, it's true," adding the cryptic: "Unfortunately impossible.
November 14, 1988 |
In Ching Siu-Tung's A Chinese Ghost Story, people fly through the air with the greatest of ease. They bounce off trees like pinballs crashing around an arcade game, they leap mighty leaps and somersault mighty somersaults. Warriors shoot fire from their hands - an apocalyptic hailstorm of fire. The dead are alive again, and the living are in for a rollicking wild time. This exhilaratingly wacky tale from Hong Kong - about a dim-but-noble loan collector (Leslie Cheung) who falls in love with a beautiful ghost (Wong Tsu Hsien)
February 25, 1993 |
Things are a little weird this week. The three top new videos are a French film that can truly be called bizarre, an offbeat comedy, and drama about a man on the edge of society. DELICATESSEN 1/2 (1992) (Paramount) 95 minutes. Jean Claude Dreyfus, Dominique Pino, Marie-Laure Dougnac, Sylvie Laguna. A darker-than- dark comedy about love and cannibalism, this haywire feature from French filmmakers Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro is a screwball synthesis of Buster Keaton classics, Terry Gilliam's Brazil, the ricocheting animation of Tex Avery, the cinematic brashness of the Coen brothers and the freak-show atmosphere of David Lynch.
May 13, 2008 |
Ask BET's Reginald Hudlin why mixed martial arts is the newest muse among BET's reality television offerings, and he will take you back to tales of rooting for the greatest fighters to ever step into a ring. "You know when we were kids, the question of whether Muhummad Ali or Bruce Lee would win in a fight? Well, mixed martial arts can answer that today," said Hudlin, 46, president of entertainment for BET. "I have followed the Ultimate Fighting Championship since my brother [Warrington]
February 4, 2000 |
What's your sign? Are you a dragon? Lucky you. According to the Chinese zodiac, if you were born in the Year of the Dragon - every 12 years, 1988, 1976, 1964, and so on back - you're powerful, energetic, confident, intelligent, a born leader. You also have a short fuse, but you make up for it by being gentle and soft-hearted. You ought to do well this year because the dragon symbolizes good fortune and long life. Well-known people born in the year of the dragon are Grace Kelly, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Shirley Temple, Florence Nightingale, Christopher Reeve, Bruce Lee and Oliver Hardy.
November 8, 1987 |
Two gems from the past were among last week's new arrivals at area video stores. THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER (1940) (MGM/UA) $24.95. 97 minutes. Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart. Budapest at the turn of the century is the location for this romantic romp about two shop clerks who dislike each other on the job but fall in love while corresponding as pseudonymous pen pals. Stewart and Sullavan are great together. From director Ernst Lubitsch. CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT (1945)