December 9, 2011
THERE'S an exciting figure in movies named Steve McQueen, but he did not star in "The Great Escape," he isn't dead, isn't white, and isn't even a Yank. The new Steve McQueen is a London-born and -based filmmaker who won major acclaim for his first feature, "Hunger," in 2008, about an Irish Republican Army hunger strike, and has caused a stir with his second feature "Shame," a frank (rated NC-17) and visually distinctive look at the life of a sex addict. It stars Michael Fassbender (who played Bobby Sands in "Hunger")
December 8, 2011 |
Is NC-17 really the kiss of death? Will the merest flash of naked flesh or the softest moan from hot, sweaty bods doom a film to celluloid purgatory? Granted, while only one movie with the adults-only marker (no one under 17 admitted) has become a box-office hit ( Showgirls ), some have won critical acclaim. Midnight Cowboy , released before NC-17 with an X rating, even won a best picture Academy Award. With director Steve McQueen's hotly anticipated Shame opening (Friday in Philadelphia)
December 2, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - The last time Fox Searchlight released an NC-17 rated movie, the world was a different place - but whether it's changed enough could dramatically affect the performance of the company's "Shame," a controversial drama about sexual obsession opening in limited release today. (The film opens next Friday in Philadelphia at the Ritz East.) The art film subsidiary of 20th Century Fox released Bernardo Bertolucci's sexually explicit "The Dreamers" in 2004, when Fox Searchlight faced several marketing obstacles, including several newspapers that wouldn't advertise an NC-17 rated film.
January 17, 2011 |
TLC's "Cake Boss," Buddy Valastro , brought a huge, jaw-dropping cake to the joint bar mitzvah of Cory and Lucas Fraiman on Saturday at Ice Works, in Aston. A camera crew was on hand for the event, at which Valastro ice skated with the boys, who are both in the neighborhood of 13 years old, and about a year-and-a-half apart. Their parents, Kara and Howard Fraiman , run the Ashley's Angels charity, which helps special-needs children. It's named after their late daughter, Ashley.
January 14, 2011 |
A version of this review appeared in October during the Philadelphia Film Festival. Michelle Williams needs to make a movie that doesn't have a tragedy involving a dog, and she needs to make a movie where she doesn't look like the weight of the world is crushing her soul. Blue Valentine , an overwrought American indie from writer/director Derek Cianfrance, is not that movie. Opening with the cries of a little girl and ending with strangely incongruous fireworks and a boppy Grizzly Bear tune, Blue Valentine - shot in and around Scranton, with a side trip or two to Brooklyn - offers a fractured portrait of a couple's relationship: the meet-cute; the shaggy, charming courtship; the big problems and small grievances on the way to marriage, a daughter, and then what?
January 9, 2011 |
The National Society of Film Critics friended The Social Network , naming the movie about the birth of Facebook the best picture of 2010 at its 45th annual meeting Saturday in New York. Network dominated the day with helmer David Fincher cited best director, writer Aaron Sorkin top screenwriter, and Jesse Eisenberg, poker-faced and antisocial as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, lead actor. For her passionate portrayal of Mussolini's secret lover in Marco Bellocchio's Vincere , Giovanna Mezzogiorno took lead-actress honors.
October 15, 2010 |
Unleashed this week in Philadelphia is a force so powerful it can summon Pete Rose, M. Night Shyamalan and even one of the "Legend of the Seeker" gals. It is the 19th Philadelphia Film Festival, drawing dozens of actors and filmmakers and some 100 movies to the city in the next two weeks. The 19th is the first full-size festival to commence in its new fall slot. After a management revamp last year, organizers moved the spring event to October, hastily putting together a free festival they called "18 1/2," resulting in a few ticketing glitches.
October 15, 2010 |
Michelle Williams needs to make a movie that doesn't have a dog tragedy in it, and she needs to make a movie where she doesn't look like the weight of the world is crushing her soul. Blue Valentine , an overwrought American indie from writer/director Derek Cianfrance, is not that movie. Opening with the cries of a little girl and ending with strangely out-of-place fireworks and a boppy Grizzly Bear tune, Blue Valentine - shot in and around Scranton, with a side trip or two to Brooklyn - offers a fractured portrait of a couple's relationship: the meet-cute; the shaggy, charming courtship; the big problems and small grievances on the way to marriage, a daughter, and then what?
October 5, 2010 |
Council Rock School District students don't have to go to the local cineplex to see movies with graphic sex, extreme violence, suicide, and other R-rated material. They can catch many of those films in class. The district's two high schools show dozens of R-rated movies - which those under 17 aren't allowed to see in theaters without an adult. That bothers some parents, who say the films are too violent or raunchy for teens. "I care about what my kids watch," said Diana Nolan, who formed Parents Active in Responsible Education (PARE)
May 9, 2008
Directed by Xavier Gens. With Karina Testa, Aurélien Wiik and Patrick Ligardes. Distributed by After Dark Films. 1 hour, 48 mins. NC-17 (Extreme violence, sadism, gore, Nazism). Playing at: Ritz at the Bourse. Xavier Gens' Frontier(s) , which is the latest entry in the French Horror New Wave ( Inside , High Tension , Maléfique ), is a deeply disturbing, unapologetically brutal exercise in torture porn. But Gens tries to transcend the film's genre by using the basic structure of the classics, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Deliverance , to spin a hyperbolic parable about ethnic strife in France.