November 4, 1987 |
Some modern philosopher - was it Judith Krantz or Jackie Collins? - theorized that in America, brains migrate East and beauty West. Slamdance, set in relentlessly voluptuous Los Angeles and starring relentlessly stunning actors, proves the theory. Beautiful the movie is, but the filmmakers must have checked their brains at the California-Nevada border. Working for the first time from someone else's script, director Wayne Wang (Chan Is Missing, Dim Sum) has left San Francisco's Chinatown for L.A.'s dance-club scene, where this becalmed thriller takes place.
January 14, 2011 |
Comedies about infidelity, or perceived infidelity, or thwarted infidelity, have been a staple of moviedom from the silent-screen era to the last two dozen Judd Apatow ripoffs. What distinguishes The Dilemma in this genre is its resounding unfunnyness, its emotional dishonesty, and the general unlikability of its cast of characters. Directed by Ron Howard and starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James as best buds and business partners, The Dilemma begins over a dinner between friends: Ronny (Vaughn)
March 25, 2005 |
Love and fidelity - or more precisely the lack of same - in marriage are the focus of W. Somerset Maugham's 1926 comedy The Constant Wife, and his clear-eyed, wittily observant discussion still makes bracing, fresh theater. Indeed, in an America where married love is a worshipped ideal and marital infidelity a demonized sin, Maugham's nonjudgmental posture in this comedy of manners, which is receiving a smartly evocative production at the Walnut Street Theatre, seems downright subversive.
December 13, 2002 |
Just A Kiss is another one of those love/sex/hip-banter relay races, where the baton of infidelity (sorry for the sports metaphor) is passed willy-nilly from one randy Manhattanite to the next. The directorial debut of actor Fisher Stevens, this predictable and gimmicky ensemble piece brings together considerable talent - Kyra Sedgwick, Taye Diggs, Sarita Choudhurya and Marisa Tomei among them - and lets them loose in scenarios that are the stuff of personal ads. You know, an illicit hotel tryst here, a little kinky S&M there.
February 6, 2014 |
In Wendy Plump's world, there are people who cheat and people who don't. The New Hope writer and mother of two boys was a cheater. And she's got news for you: Not everyone who commits adultery is a devil. Not everyone who remains true is a saint, or even a good spouse. "You really cannot understand it till you go through it yourself," says Plump, 52, who tries her achin' best to deconstruct this complicated business in Vow: A Memoir of Marriage (And Other Affairs) , published in 2013 by Bloomsbury in the United States, England, Ireland, Germany, and Australia, and due out in paperback in March.
August 11, 2004
AFEW WORDS about the Kobe Bryant case: As the lack of evidence was revealed, it became much more apparent just what a joke this case has become. Now, with the accuser thinking about dropping the charges, another serious question arises. A forensic DNA analyst has concluded that the accuser, who has adamantly denied having sex with a second man that night, actually had sex with the second man after the alleged assault and before she went to authorities. After becoming clear that the accuser is nothing more than a suicidal, bipolar, promiscuous young woman, the question is what recourse does Kobe, or any man in this situation, now have?
July 21, 2010 |
A recent survey found that Facebook is mentioned in one out of five new divorce filings, and some experts are labeling it as the top website for facilitating affairs. As the president of AshleyMadison.com - the world's largest service expressly dedicated to infidelity - I could not help but take notice. If Facebook affairs are being cited in divorce proceedings, then the people involved in them are getting caught - which means the network probably isn't the best place to stray.
August 29, 2001
Sure, we are obligated to forgive Rep. Gary Condit's infidelity - if he asks to be forgiven (Inquirer, Aug. 24). If he cannot admit that he was unfaithful, he either doesn't understand what infidelity is - and that lack of understanding constitutes an excellent reason to throw him out of Congress - or he knows exactly what it is and doesn't care. The problem here is the growing trend to isolate personal infidelity to one's personal oaths from all the other things that infidelity affects.
August 3, 1999
Journalist Lucinda Franks said that it took her five months to persuade her friend, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, to open up for an interview. Ms. Franks argued that it would be to Mrs. Clinton's advantage to speak about her husband's infidelity and defuse the issue as she gears up to run for the U.S. Senate from New York. We don't think so. Word of the interview, to be published in the flashy debut issue of Talk magazine, made news, of course. That was its intention.
June 26, 2009 |
A riveting account of oppression, injustice, and defiance, The Stoning of Soraya M. dramatizes the true story of an Iranian wife and mother put to death under fundamentalist religious law in 1986. Arriving as the Islamic Republic's disputed election dominates world headlines, the film could hardly be more timely. When French-Iranian journalist Freidoune (Jim Caviezel) is stranded in a remote hamlet with car trouble, he learns that an innocent woman accused of infidelity was killed by her rock-throwing neighbors - a sentence dictated under laws ratified after the country's Islamic revolution.