February 2, 2010 |
Kathryn Bigelow made history Saturday when the director of The Hurt Locker, a tale of risk junkies defusing improvised explosive devices in Iraq, became the first woman to receive top honors from the Directors Guild of America (DGA). Prospects are good that she'll make history once again on March 7 at the Oscars. In a battle-of-the-exes twist, Bigelow could take the prize over former spouse James Cameron, whose Avatar is the top-grossing movie of all time. She's a lock for an Academy Award nomination (which will be announced this morning)
December 13, 2002 |
An ill-suited match of director and material - Hollywood action auteur Kathryn Bigelow and the ghostly, flashbacking mystery novel by Anita Shreve - The Weight of Water shows glimmers of great drama, but jettisons too much essential cargo (character development, relationships, plot, common sense) in an effort to be lean and clean. Set in the present day, and reimagining the events around an 1873 murder of two women on an island off the New England coast, Weight of Water puts a smart photojournalist (Catherine McCormack)
March 7, 2014 |
LOOKS LIKE it may have only taken one camera to make "7 Boxes," a low-budget but inventive Paraguayan thriller about a delivery boy mixed up with gangsters. The movie - well-received at the Toronto Film Festival - blends genres and influences, but it's essentially a one-crazy-night, shaggy-dog story about a delivery boy who agrees to hide seven boxes of contraband for a local crook, and ends up in the middle of a very big mess. Victor (Celso Franco) pushes his cartload of boxes through Asuncion, brought alive by a series of hand-held tracking shots (the directors obviously grew up on Martin Scorsese and Kathryn Bigelow)
October 13, 1995 |
Strange Days, a provocative and profoundly disturbing glimpse of the apocalypse set on New Year's Eve 1999, contains a sequence so vile that it conceivably could influence ACLU lawyers to reconsider their defense of the First Amendment. After watching this science fiction that imagines films going well beyond virtual reality into neurological reality, I still believe in freedom of speech, but no longer in freedom of images. In the film written by James Cameron and Jay Cocks, we see how a rapist forces his victim to experience her violation from his perspective - via interneural video playback - which increases her terror, which increases his pleasure.
December 27, 2012
HOLLYWOOD had a bounce-back year in 2012, mostly deserved. Movie attendance was up more than 5 percent to about 1.36 billion, as the industry did a good job giving folks what they wanted and often more than they expected. And the year closes with a strong roster of movie-making talent on view - works by Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell and Judd Apatow, with Kathryn Bigelow on the way in a few weeks. The year also closes with the industry on the list of collateral suspects in the wake of recent tragedies like the one in Newtown, Conn., prompting questions about the role of popular culture.
July 14, 2002 |
Kathryn Bigelow, whose taut nuclear submarine drama K-19: The Widowmaker opens Friday, has no clue why she has so few female peers in Hollywood's action directors club. "I'm totally mystified by it," she says. "But I'm even more mystified about why we even need to discuss gender. I mean no one in the art world refers to Jackson Pollock as a great male painter, yet people are constantly examining female directors, female politicians, and so on. "My real hope is that, someday, we'll have an environment in Hollywood where . . . directors of all kinds of movies will be selected based on their achievements and their track record.
January 8, 2010 |
The war on terror already has inspired a score of films, but maybe you did not notice, given their poor showing at the box office - not to mention the drubbing they've received from movie critics. Kathryn Bigelow's tense Iraq War saga, The Hurt Locker, which is due Tuesday from Summit Entertainment (www.summit-ent.com; $26.99 DVD; $34.99 Blu-ray; rated R) may change all that. Critics are raving: Bigelow's triumphant thriller has won a handful of critics' awards and garnered Golden Globe nominations for best film and best director.
February 5, 2010 |
IMAGINE my shock when an indie film that didn't have the backing of a major studio, that was directed by a woman and that actually treated U.S. military personnel with respect was honored by Hollywood. "The Hurt Locker" has been nominated for a slew of the more important Academy Awards. (You know, the ones they don't hand out at that luncheon the day before.) It garnered nominations for best picture, best actor, best director, best cinematography and best original score, among others.
November 21, 2012 |
Kevin Clash , the puppeteer who played beloved Sesame Street character Elmo for nearly three decades, has resigned amid accusations he had sex with a teenage boy. Clash last week denied claims by a 24-year-old man that he had sex with Clash when he was 16. Clash admitted having a relationship with the man but said it was only after the latter had turned 18. The accuser, recanted his story for a $125,000 settlement, TMZ reports, and agreed to...
January 18, 2013
PHILLY-RAISED director Brian De Palma is reteaming with his old "Scarface" star, Al Pacino, to take on the story of Penn State coach Joe Paterno , reports Deadline. The project, titled "Happy Valley," will be based on the book Paterno by Joe Posnanski . Dave McKenna , who wrote "American History X" and "Blow," will write the script, ensuring that there is absolutely no subtlety in it at all. Paterno was the legendary coach of the Nittany Lions until the public became aware of his involvement in the pedophilia scandal involving Worst Person Hall of Fame member Jerry Sandusky.