I spent Memorial Day weekend catching up on Shrek (directed by Andrew Adamson and
Vicky Jenson, from a screenplay by Ted Elliott, Terry Russio, Joe Stillman and
Roger S. H. Schulman, based on the book by William Steig), and Pearl Harbor (directed by Michael Bay,
from a screenplay by Randall Wallace). Shrek
has had nothing Read More
Brawny but brainless, Pearl Harbor is another bloated, irresponsible example of history according to Disney-a lame juggernaut that falsifies the facts, assaults the senses and leaves you blind, deaf and soulless. It’s a blisteringly expensive, $140 million, three-hour tapestry of flag-waving, patriotic martyrdom that steals shamelessly from every war movie ever made about that fateful Read More
Wednesday, May 30
TV is a nasty, nasty business. It will pick you up, stick your pretty mug in the pages of magazines and then promptly toss you into the gutter, giving you a swift kick just to make sure you’re down.
Ask Jim Gaffigan. The tall, blond-haired, bespectacled comedian from Indiana struck Read More
Two days before what threatened to be the biggest Memorial Day box-office weekend ever-bigger than the same four days in 1997 that included the $90 million opener for The Lost World: Jurassic Park-Christopher Dixon was sussing out the film studios’ offerings.
There was Pearl Harbor: too violent, maybe, for the repeat viewings of that crucial Read More
Sometimes a great motion picture arrives and, for whatever reason, the public doesn’t take notice.
Such a motion picture may be Pearl Harbor . Filmed for a modest $140 million, Pearl Harbor is a spare, unflinchingly honest account of the Japanese attack on U.S. forces in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. Read More
We’ll always have Paris! In fact, in New York, we’ve got three of em! 1) That city in France to which your mysterious co-workers jet off and return with tales of the frisky little Beaujolais they discovered in the 19th arrondissement; 2) the boozy Paris Review soirées hosted by dapper George Plimpton and Read More