August 7, 2012 |
Gina Gershon warned her mother that she may want to skip "Killer Joe," in which the actress has a few scenes sure to make any loved ones uncomfortable. But mom still planned to bring 10 friends to see her daughter in the dark, violent William Friedkin film that opens here Friday. Gershon was recently in town to promote the film in which she co-stars with Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church, Juno Temple, and Matthew McConaughey, with whom she shared a difficult-to-shoot scene that included a fried chicken drumstick.
December 4, 2003 |
Gina Gershon is so rock-and-roll. She survived Showgirls, and her role as a butch ex-con in Bound made her a lesbian icon. She's floored Bob Dylan in a boxing ring, dated Beck, and put Guns N' Roses to work as her band. And right now, the actress-turned-rocker is in full hellcat mode at the North Star Bar, belting out Iggy Pop's "I Wanna Be Your Dog" as documentary cameras roll and Nicolas Cage, Adrien Brody and Joaquin Phoenix look on. It's the last night of a recent promotional tour for Prey for Rock and Roll, in which Gershon plays the leader of an all-female Los Angeles band who's just turned 40 and is going through a mid-rock crisis.
October 9, 1998 |
"One Tough Cop" is based on a former New York cop named Bo Dietl, by all accounts a colorful character. But not colorful enough. Though Stephen Baldwin is brought in to ape Dietl's mannerisms and accent and habit of beating people up, the movie's story is largely fictionalized. At least we assume it is, because it's not possible that the life of an actual person could contain so many cliches. In place of biography, we get a Hollywood cops-and-robbers melodrama so stale it dates back to Bogart and Cagney - two neighborhood chums, one becomes a mobster, the other a cop. All that's missing is Pat O'Brien as the priest who knew them both as kids.
December 5, 2003 |
'All my life, all I've ever wanted to be was a rock-and-roll star," says Gina Gershon, the bombshell thespian, playing a tattooed tough girl about to turn 40 in the three-chord melodrama Prey for Rock and Roll. A hokey tale about pursuing your dreams, adapted from a musical by real-life struggling punk-rocker Cheri Lovedog, Prey rings with a certain authenticity. Gershon, with her curled lip and domineering stance, is a convincing front woman in an all-girl band that's clearing $13.50 each in the diviest of L.A. dives.
October 4, 1996 |
While TV lesbians wrestle with the issue of coming out of the closet, the female lead in the movie "Bound" does not equivocate. Beaten, bound, gagged and literally locked in a closet, Corky (Gina Gershon) - a declared lesbian with tattoos and a pickup truck and everything - cuts her bonds and bursts out with a triumphant karate kick. It's a wildly campy moment, typical of the movie's smarty-pants approach to the gritty crime drama it aims to tell, making "Bound" the latest independent caper film to pay homage to the Coen brothers and Quentin Tarantino.
December 21, 2007 |
Hilary Swank owns two best-actress Oscars - for the transgender tragedy Boys Don't Cry, and for Clint Eastwood's distaff boxing pic Million Dollar Baby - and in my mind she deserves them both. But put her in a frilly dress, set her loose in a chick flick and something goes terribly wrong. And in the grief-drenched romantic comedy P.S. I Love You, things are excruciatingly amiss, start to finish. In the morose, mopey vein of Ghost and Truly, Madly, Deeply, but with none of the charm and less of the magic, P.S. I Love You is about a tightly wound New Yorker - Swank's Holly Kennedy - whose glinty-eyed Irishman husband dies just after the opening credits.
April 15, 1999 |
A police drama that tries - and fails - to rise above the routine tops this week's list of new movies on video. One Tough Cop 1/2 (1998) (Columbia Tri- Star) 94 minutes. Stephen Baldwin, Chris Penn, Gina Gershon, Mike McGlone, Frank Pellegrino, Amy Irving. Not even the proven talent of Brazilian director Bruno Barreto can lift this drama of a street cop and his conflicting loyalties above routine. R (sex, violence, language). DVD available. (CC) Apt Pupil (1998) (Columbia TriStar)
July 30, 2004 |
For our Showgirls watching pleasure, the folks at MGM now bring us a selection of drinking games, complete with a set of shot glasses. What, did they think we've been watching this movie sober? For a slim $39.98, you get the party essentials, plus the 1995 cult-favorite brainchild of director Paul Verhoeven and writer Joe Eszterhas. Hot off the sensual whodunit Basic Instinct, Verhoeven and Eszterhas planned to make a big-budget, NC-17 morality tale. Instead viewers got a bunch of amoral women showing a lot of tail.
August 10, 2012 |
I DON'T KNOW what's gotten into Matthew McConaughey lately, but I'm glad it's in there. The famously laid back actor had gotten a little too laid back in recent years — fully reclined, perhaps half asleep, not terribly "present," as actors like to say. He bounced back last year with "The Lincoln Lawyer," was good again as the exasperated district attorney in Richard Linklater's "Bernie," and in "Magic Mike," more "on" than he'd been in...