February 11, 2000 |
Holy moly, holy Toledo, holy cow. Holy Smoke, the new film from Jane Campion, inspires awe - for Kate Winslet's remarkable performance - and oaths - for a lopsided scenario by the director and her sister, Anna. The film contains multitudes. It has something for everyone. Not to mention something for everyone to cringe at. And we don't mean the Neil Diamond soundtrack that includes "Holy Holy" and "I Am . . . I Said," which are strangely effective in this context of spiritual awakening.
October 20, 2006 |
There are so few family-friendly movies and even fewer with girls at the center that I feel awful slamming a movie that is both. Neigh? Nay. Flicka is a bronc you shouldn't put money on. Gumby's sidekick Pokey has more personality than the free-spirited mustang in this spavined update of Mary O'Hara's beloved tale of the rebellious youngster who identifies with a wild horse. In this version of the book, the basis of a popular 1943 film and '50s TV series, director Michael Mayer changes the gender and age of the central human.
November 23, 1987 |
The Breeders' Cup results did little to clear up the confusing Horse of the Year picture. Ferdinand put in his bid. Alysheba and Groovy blew their hopes. Theatrical got some votes when he came again to beat Arc De Triomphe winner Trempolino in the Turf. It was Theatrical's seventh win from nine starts in a campaign that started in January. Theatrical, who barely lost to Manila in last year's Turf, tied the course record, running the 1 1/2 miles in 2:24 2/5. The race showcased Pat Day at his theatrical best.
May 24, 1991 |
A hallmark of Girl Lit - by which we mean great books for young ladies - is the sequence in the narrative involving Our Heroine's Hair. In Little Women, Jo chops off her mane to earn the family some much-needed money for Marmee's journey to Washington. In Anne of Green Gables, when Anne dyes her carrot- colored curls ebony, they instead turn green; thus she has to clip them off. Symbolically, the Hair Scene marks the transition between the heroine's pigtailed girlhood and her tomboyish independence.
October 7, 2012
The Frizette Belmont Park, Race 7 - Post 4:02 $400,000, 2 y.o. fillies, 1 mile 1. Toasting . . . Eddie Castro. . . 12-1 2. My Happy Face . . . Ramon Dominguez. . . 4-1 3. Roveing Patrol . . . Lanfranco Dettori. . . 20-1 4. Carameaway . . . Irad Ortiz Jr.. . . 30-1 5. Sweet Shirley Mae . . . Joel Rosario. . . 8-1 6. Nancy O . . . David Moran. . . 15-1 7. Dreaming of Julia . . . John Velazquez. . . 2-5 If you want to accuse me of trying to pad my percentage of winners, I plead guilty this time.
March 8, 2013
* OUR WILD HEARTS. 8 p.m. Saturday, Hallmark Movie Channel. WHEN Ricky Schroder makes a movie for the whole family, he doesn't mess around. "Our Wild Hearts," a film about a rancher and the teenage daughter he never knew he had, comes to the Hallmark Movie Channel on Saturday with Schroder, his wife, Andrea, and each of the couple's four children represented. Their daughter Cambrie is making her movie debut as the Malibu-reared Willow, who decides to track down the man whom her mother (Angela Lindvall)
April 24, 1989 |
As Easy Goer came charging into Aqueduct's paddock late Saturday afternoon, the chilling mid-April wind blowing off Jamaica Bay froze the scene. The Kentucky Derby favorite, minutes before his final tuneup in the Wood Memorial, was breathing fire. He charged down the little slope to the saddling area. Then, Easy Goer was led into his stall, where he calmed down instantly, seemingly aware that he soon would get his chance to expend some of that pent- up energy. One minute, Easy Goer has the look of a wild horse.
October 30, 1987 |
It was time for the Frank Rizzo show, and The Pen & Pencil Club, local media watering hole, was packed for the occasion. Usually a dozen or so regulars come out for these up-close and off-the- record sessions with newsmakers, but on Wednesday night, there was standing room only. When Big Frank entered the narrow little building, striding through the cramped bar, a hush fell over the throng of reporters, who dutifully trooped upstairs to a tiny meeting room. The question and answer session is off the record, so I can't tell you what Rizzo said (Here's a hint though: what he said off the record was no different, although stated more candidly, than what he's been saying on the record throughout this excruciating excuse for a mayoral campaign)