September 11, 1998 |
If sidelong glances a movie made, The Best Man would be up there with the great Oscar-winners of all time. Practically every other scene in this gauzy tale of thwarted love from Italian filmmaker Pupi Avati features intense stares cast by the beautiful Ines Sastre in the direction of the ursine Diego Abatantuono, or vice versa. Sastre, a Spanish actress whose performance is dubbed in maddening movie-voice Italian, is Francesca, daughter of a well-off country gentleman in Northern Italy.
May 14, 1999 |
Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night's Dream to celebrate the wedding of a noble patron, but the marriage of his sublime comedy with Michael Hoffman's ideas in the new film version is not always a happy union. Hoffman's Dream offers a night sky shimmering with fairy lights and shining with a cast of international stars. Shakespeare may be Hollywood's hottest property these days, but studios still feel compelled to line up marquee names to draw customers. Kenneth Branagh, in both Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet, turned this commercial consideration to his advantage with some inspired casting.
September 30, 1994 |
The process of shopping for, then buying, a new house is a lot like looking for and finding the mate of your dreams. Here too, the path to true love rarely runs smooth. Take Marc and Patricia Polignano. The Collegeville couple was driven into the housing market by the need, as well as the desire, for bigger quarters they could call home. It took three tries before they finally made it to the settlement table - real estate's equivalent of the altar. When they married three years ago, Patricia, 29, an account executive for AT&T, and Marc, 32, were just beginning to see black in the bottom line of Body Transit, a fitness center Marc started in 1990.
February 15, 1998 |
Hmmmm. Valentine's Day. Hearts and flowers and pretty sonnets and, of course, chocolate. What better way, Gentle Readers, to savor the afterglow of the holiday than to sit back with the latest bouquet of romance novels. Once again, we have brought out our heart chart, rating the offerings from dull to dazzling. THEN CAME HEAVEN By LaVyrle Spencer. G. P. Putnam. $24.95 We travel back to September 1950 in small-town America. This book absolutely is a keeper. You start crying by Page 3, with a tragic accident.
April 26, 1990 |
A stirring movie on apartheid, a stunning erotic comedy and the story of two lovers from the Bronx lead the list of new video releases this week. A DRY WHITE SEASON (1989) (CBS/Fox) $89.98. 105 minutes. Donald Sutherland, Susan Sarandon, Winston Ntshona, Marlon Brando. The rank evil of apartheid has led several sincere white directors to avoid black-and-white melodrama by focusing on white-liberal bystanders. Euzhan Palcy takes the same narrative ingredients, but she is black, and the difference is felt in every scene.
November 20, 2008 |
One hallmark of the economy that just blew up in our faces was the extreme contrast between its frothy wealth and stubborn poverty. There is a great movie to be made in that dramatic range of outcomes - easy-money riches and intractable rags side by side, with the right story line in between. Good news: Somebody's made it. It's called "Slumdog Millionaire," and it's certain to emerge as a leading contender for this year's Best Picture Oscar, despite a mostly unknown cast and some subtitled Hindi dialogue (don't worry, it won't slow you down a bit)
February 23, 1989 |
In Ladyhawke, Michelle Pfeiffer portrays Isabeau of Anjou, a truly distressed damsel of the Middle Ages. Cursed by a jealous bishop, poor Isabeau turns into a hawk by day, then returns to human form at sunset. Meanwhile, her true love - a gallant knight, played by Rutger Hauer - is transforming into a wolf, only to become a man again at sunrise. Each seems fated never to see the other again. Isabeau's dilemma could be a metaphor for Michelle Pfeiffer's early career. Critics, when they noticed her, gave the young Pfeiffer rave notices.
May 24, 2010
9 p.m. Channel 6 Ali Fedotowsky (right), 25, begins her quest to find true love after deciding she made a huge mistake when she decided to go back to a job she loved instead of taking a leap of faith with former "Bachelor" leading man Jake Pavelka.
October 15, 2011 |
Nicholas Sparks' latest novel, The Best of Me , has all the flashes of a Sparks book: small-town life; love and its regrets; wrenching plot twists; agonizing choices. Plus a ghost. Or is it a ghost? "I don't want to be the kind of writer who writes the same exact story without changing anything," says Sparks, who reads from his work at the University of Pennsylvania Bookstore from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. "I'm always asking myself, 'How can I make it new and interesting?' " Enough readers have found his stories new and interesting to give him a very successful career as a writer, with 16 novels and multiple New York Times best-sellers.
November 17, 1989 |
If you're looking for relief from movies with too much hype and too little heart - is "Steel Magnolias" opening today? - "True Love" could be just the picture. You won't find any celebrities in "True Love," but the movie's first-time director, rookie screenwriters and cast of unknown actors invest the movie with more sincerity than you'll find in a hundred big-budget studio productions. Set and filmed in the Bronx, "True Love" follows the events leading up to the wedding of Michael, a delicatessen cashier, and Donna, a waitress.