October 20, 2000 |
Satan may be popping up with alarming regularity in movies right now, but his appearance in Bedazzled is a temptation that can be easily and safely resisted. Harold Ramis' remake of the 1967 cult favorite, which starred Peter Cook as the prince of darkness and Dudley Moore as a short-order cook with a bad case of unrequited lust, is, to put it kindly, dreary and redundant. In this Bedazzled, the devil is played by Elizabeth Hurley. When she shows up to offer to fulfill seven wishes for Brendan Fraser, his response will leave men in the audience gasping in incredulity.
January 12, 2009 |
Comics Guy feels the need to describe the lead character in Dynamite's latest "Project Superpowers" spinoff, "The Death-Defying Devil,"because writer Joe Casey sure doesn't, at least not in a traditional way. If you're unfamiliar with the character, you get only bits and pieces of who he is and what he can do in the first two issues. Casey and Dynamite likely felt they could get away with this mystery-heavy approach since there are tons of Alex Ross fans who would be drawn to the project because of his involvement in the book as plotter, cover artist and art director and "Project Superheroes" has proved an incredibly popular title for Dynamite.
July 24, 1993 |
The prosecutor called the woman "a firebug" yesterday. And Delores Castro, 59, didn't disagree. But Castro, a former mental patient, said she had no control over herself when she set fire to an apartment building last year, killing a 73-year-old man, and causing five others to be hospitalized, including a firefighter. "The devil made me do it," said Castro, who pleaded guilty, but mentally ill, to a second-degree murder before Common Pleas Judge Robert A. Latrone. The judge sentenced her to life in prison, ordering the term to begin in a mental institution.
February 15, 2008 |
The Master and Margarita is one of those don't-drop-it-on-your-foot Russian novels that I confess I've owned for many years but never read. Mum Puppettheatre's production is an adaptation for two people and many, many puppets; it is an immense undertaking and the two actors/puppeteers - Robert Smythe and Robert DaPonte - perform heroically. It must be said, however, that puppet shows shouldn't be three hours long - especially if the staging involves a lot of neck-craning that segues into shoulder-shrugging as the plot becomes more and more incoherent.
October 23, 1987 |
"Prince of Darkness," a horror film starring Donald Pleasance, Lisa Blount, Victor Wong and Jameson Parker. Directed by John Carpenter. Screenplay by Martin Quartermass. Running time: 98 minutes. A Universal release. At area theaters. "Prince of Darkness," John Carpenter's latest horror extravaganza, is scary. It's funny. It makes absolutely no sense, but, as the poet Robert Frost noted in another context, "When was that ever a bar to any watch they keep?" As far as I can tell, the film is about the return to consciousness of the Devil, who, for reasons I still haven't figured out, has been kept prisoner for the last 2,000 years in a liquid cannister, currently located in the basement of a Los Angeles Catholic church.
November 2, 1997 |
On Friday night, neighborhoods were filled with devils and ghouls roving under the watchful eye of parents. For most people, the sight was worth a chuckle and a few pieces of trick-or-treat candy. For others, though, such devilry and revelry are no laughing matter, but a dangerous flirtation with forces of evil. "Halloween is the devil's day," says Peggy Scrimali, head of Bethel Christian Academy in Blackwood, N.J., a nursery school and kindergarten where Halloween was not observed.
June 12, 1987 |
"The Witches of Eastwick," a supernatural comedy-drama starring Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer. Directed by George Miller. Produced by Neil Canton, Peter Guber and Jon Peters. Screenplay by Michael Cristofer. Based on John Updike's novel. Running Time 121 minutes. Presented by Warner Bros. at area theaters. Attired in a quilt-like shirt of brilliant reds, blues and greens, Australian director George "Mad Max Trilogy" Miller sat in a posh Park Avenue hotel suite recently, attempting to put into words his feelings about Jack Nicholson - satanic star of Miller's supernatural comedy-drama, "The Witches of Eastwick.
March 17, 2008 |
THIS IS no country for old women trying to imply that they can speak before the devil knows they're speaking. But it IS a country that had better become acutely aware of the devil Hillary as a master of manipulation who offers the audacity of desperation and deceit through her many disciples. Somehow the sulfuric odor rising up from her crocodile tears must have wafted across the room and dulled the senses of those who witnessed that Hillaryous crying stint, and so New Hampshire went the wrong way. But since then, we've cleared our eyes and donned our gas masks, and we now have no excuses but to see her exploitative side in all its ugliness.
August 23, 2004 |
Kelvim Escobar and the Anaheim Angels shut down the Yankees all weekend. Good thing for New York it's not October yet. Escobar (8-9) outdueled Kevin Brown (9-3), Bengie Molina went 4-for-4 with a three-run homer and visiting Anaheim completed a three-game sweep of the Yankees with a 4-3 win yesterday. "This is a playoff team. You need to go in and show you can play with them," Angels closer Troy Percival said. "We ran into a New York team that isn't playing its best ball - we know that.
July 21, 2000 |
When Mel Gibson, playing the 18th-century owner of a South Carolina plantation, plows his own field in "The Patriot," it seemed a little suspicious. When the British come to recruit his "slaves" as soldiers, they refuse, noting that they are free men, working the plantation for wages. This also seemed a little suspicious, given the time and place, although historians will point out it was certainly possible: Free blacks did exist. Yeah, well, so did slaves, and "The Patriot" seemed to tap-dance around the rather gnarly subject of a man who fought for one kind of freedom but not another.