August 14, 1992 |
The need to have a hearty laugh is the only reason to see "Single White Female," another farcical comedy masquerading as a suspense thriller. The picture stars lanky Bridget Fonda as a young woman who kicks a cheating boyfriend out of her Manhattan apartment, advertises for a new roommate, and gets Jennifer Jason Leigh, a psycho in sheep's clothing. "Single White Female" is directed by the unbelievably sardonic Barbet Schroeder, who made a hero out of Claus Von Bulow in "Reversal of Fortune," while at the same time presaging the development of crusading defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz into an egomaniac.
May 21, 2012 |
One of the obvious differences between The Dictator, the new Sacha Baron Cohen comedy, and Borat and Bruno, his 2006 and 2009 endeavors, is that the latter two, of course, were real. That is, they presented themselves as documentary-like affairs, with Baron Cohen's Kazakh TV personality and Austrian fashion journalist, respectively, inserting themselves into real-life situations with real-life people. Unscripted. Let the fur fly. In The Dictator, Baron Cohen plays General Admiral Haffaz Aladeen, the ruler of a fictional North African republic.
January 30, 2011 |
Jason Statham was on holiday, as he and his fellow Brits like to say, when he flipped open a script sent for his perusal. It was by Lewis John Carlino , it was about a cool hit man whose specialty was making his kills look like accidents - and it was cracking good. "I read it, and I loved it," Statham says of the screenplay, which was called The Mechanic - the same title as a 1972 action pic starring Charles Bronson . And as it turns out, he was reading the shooting script from the Bronson film.
October 5, 1990 |
Danny Glover came to Philadelphia yesterday to talk about his new picture, "To Sleep With Anger," but by evening, he'd had just about enough. Sprawled casually in the back of a limo, his painful shoes discarded and his bare feet resting on the floor, the actor was too tired after nine hours of interviews to talk about anything but football. The San Francisco-raised Glover was talking about his hometown 49ers, remembering fondly and pointedly the 49ers' comeback victory over the Philadelphia Eagles last season.
June 15, 2001 |
In Hit and Runway, a desperate, aspiring screenwriter dreams of penning a blockbuster action movie even though he has absolutely no discernible talent or qualifications. Given the prevailing standards in Hollywood, this should assure him a lifetime of work. But in Christopher Livingston's erratic comedy, which features a lot more misses than hits, Alex Andero, a Greenwich Village dishwasher, realizes his work is terrible. This kind of honest self-appraisal would in real life ruin his chances of a three-picture deal with Jerry Bruckheimer.
June 3, 1996 |
The film opens with Howard Stern - suspended over the stage, his buttocks bare - wondering whether he's doing the right thing as he prepares for his infamous entrance at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards. It ends in a dream sequence, with Stern, in the same get-up, suspended over the stage at the Oscars, about to receive an Academy Award. "God . . . What a dream," Stern, now awake, says to wife Alison. "Good or bad?" "I don't know," says the exasperated jock who, in his dream, has just splattered onto the stage.
September 1, 2008 |
Seems like every year, at least one Fringe musical explores - or maybe exploits - the trials of an aspiring singer who looks for fame and love against all odds. Trite? You bet, but when it's good it connects. The Hoppers Hit the Road, about two singing brothers on a quest for the big time, is composed of a cast of Philadelphia improv actors who decided it would be fun to use a script. And it's good. If it can smooth out rough edges during this run, it will be better than that.
February 13, 2003 |
Arturo Brachetti appears before our eyes as a horseman, or possibly a royal mounted cop. Then he ducks behind a scrim. Poing! In a split second - not a full second, mind you - he's before us again, this time in full bumblebee getup. He disappears for an instant once more, then . . . He's back. As a sort of cartoon flower, in full splendor, pistils and stamens blushing in the stage lights. The talented Brachetti is a quick-change artist, and in his native Italy, he is a big star.
September 2, 2008 |
Seems like every year, at least one Fringe musical explores - or maybe exploits - the trials of an aspiring singer who looks for fame and love against all odds. Trite? You bet, but when it's good it connects. The Hoppers Hit the Road, about two singing brothers on a quest for the big time, is composed of a cast of Philadelphia improv actors who decided it would be fun to use a script. And it's good. If it can smooth out rough edges during this run, it will be better than that. Hoppers is classic Fringe, done with joy and a sense that everyone, audience included, is a conspirator.
November 2, 2003 |
Things haven't gone exactly as planned for the Eagles so far this season. Coach Andy Reid's original road map to Houston - site of Super Bowl XXXVIII - didn't include a malfunctioning passing game led by a quarterback with the NFL's worst passer rating and completion percentage. Or a defensive line and secondary ravaged by injuries. But at least one thing is still working as the Eagles reach the midpoint of their season with a game against the Atlanta Falcons this afternoon at the Georgia Dome.