Life is LaBute-iful? Ready to be stuffed ? Thanksgiving is tomorrow-we can’t remember if we’re supposed to allow ourselves to enjoy Thanksgiving or if it’s one of those holidays we should feel ashamed of because of America’s bellicose past -but anyway, the city is clearing out fast and the Brussels sprouts are Read More
John Sayles’ Sunshine State , from his own screenplay, was shot on Amelia Island, Fla. He calls the place Plantation Island, and there’s also Delrona Beach (“Delrona” is a playful hybrid of Delray and “Daytona). Mr. Sayles and his longtime producer, Maggie Renzi, are particularly interested in Amelia Island’s biracial history and sociology, its separate Read More
Conversations With Wilder , by Cameron Crowe. Alfred A. Knopf, 373 pages, $35.
Cameron Crowe spent many hours talking with Billy Wilder. Mr. Crowe, writer and director of Singles and Jerry Maguire , met with his 93-year-old interlocutor at his office, came by his house, dined with Mr. Wilder and his wife, Audrey. Like François Read More
Kasi Lemmons’ Eve’s Bayou marks the latest happy occasion to celebrate a sparkling directorial debut. For all the loose talk about the death of the cinema, I cannot recall any time since the 60′s when so much American creative talent erupted on the screen in such a short time span. Yet to hail Ms. Lemmons’ Read More
Hoffman Mumbles,(11)Mad City Fumbles
Dustin Hoffman is so weird in Mad City ; he mumbles incoherently through the entire movie at a sound level so low it could lull mollusks to sleep. It’s a numbing annoyance only a sleepwalker can appreciate, but it’s just one of the problems that plague this misguided attempt by Read More