To ensure the relationship remains a secret, the couple are constantly on the move passing through expensive old-world guest houses, tawdry motels and cheap hotels. As they cross late 1940s America--a panorama of gas stations, empty deserts and stark industrial wastelands--Humbert loses his grip over Lolita and reality itself. He is possessive, jealous and often violent, his academic exterior and subdued European demeanour at odds with Lolita's childish spontaneity, brashness and developing sexual sophistication.
Lyne's Lolita, like the Nabokov novel, is not a documentary, nor does it offer any solution to Humbert's problems or how to repair the psychological damage inflicted on Lolita. This is not the task of film directors or novelists. Their work, and that of all serious artists, is to present an honest and artistically convincing picture of reality--life as it is, and life as it should be. In heightening our sensitivity to this and other real contradictions artists provide us with a richer understanding of the world and help to cultivate the foundations on which humanity can understand and therefore overcome great social problems.
But with an all-star cast and an all-female sequel simply titled Ocean's Eight coming later this year, there's plenty to attract gamers to a world of riches and sleight of hands for this classic franchise. It might even make cutscenes popular again.
Still at Fox, Mature made his second Western, Fury at Furnace Creek, replacing John Payne. That film co-starred Coleen Gray, who had been in Kiss of Death and Fox announced plans to team them for a third time in a remake of Seventh Heaven. However, the film was not made. Instead, he co-starred with Richard Conte in a thriller directed by Robert Siodmak, Cry of the City. Mature's performance in the film as a world-weary cop was widely praised; one reviewer noted that he "turns in an excellent performance, arguably the best of his career".
Tarantino changed her origin because he felt Pam Grier was an ideal choice to portray a world-weary protagonist. However, she also had to be smart, confident, beautiful, fearless, and sympathetic. His decision paid off in a big way.
The first Bad Neighbours, the story of a young married couple (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) feuding with the frat house next door, was a comedy with a handful of great jokes and strong need of an edit. Since it took those few good jokes and made $270 million worldwide on an $18 million budget, it would have been perfectly reasonable for a sequel to simply rehash the same story with a few punchlines moved around. Credit, then, to the filmmakers for actually trying to take this follow-up down a different path.
Parents need to know that In a World... is an indie comedy about the world of Hollywood voiceover artists. Actress Lake Bell (Over Her Dead Body, TV's Childrens Hospital) makes her feature writing and directing debut, with some empowering messages for women to go along with her witty humor. Language is perhaps the biggest issue, with fairly frequent use of strong words ("f--k," "s--t," "c--t," etc.). Though no nudity or sex is actually shown, it's strongly implied, and innuendo/sexual references are heavy. The main character sleeps with a man she meets at a party before getting together with her true romantic love interest. Adult characters drink casually, drugs are mentioned, and some products (Sunny Delight) are named. There's no violence, except for some family arguing.
After the death of the great (and real-life) movie trailer voiceover artist Don LaFontaine, the playing field is leveled. Sam Soto (Fred Melamed) and the younger Gustav Warner (Ken Marino) hope to resurrect LaFontaine's famous "in a world..." phrase for a new trailer for a high-profile, Hunger Games-like epic. But Sam's daughter, Carol (Lake Bell), a voice coach working with Eva Longoria, throws her hat in the ring, too, stirring up family tensions as well as romantic ones. Carol gets caught between Gustav and kind, nerdy sound engineer Louis (Demetri Martin). To make matters worse, Carol's sister (Michaela Watkins) is having troubles with her husband (Rob Corddry). Will Carol get the job and set things right again?
As a director, her best aspect is this juggling act; she gives her actors plenty to do and keeps things moving at a good clip, while beautifully rendering the microcosm of the voiceover world. On paper there might just be one too many romantic or job-related crises, but she adds some easy one-liners or some extra beats, and things never get too hectic. And when Bell finally gets the chance to slip in some good, strong ideas, she does so with ease and grace. You just want to cheer for her.
Facts, especially in a time of war, are not just a matter of right and wrong. When it comes to how we prop up our worldviews, writer/director Richard Linklater said, "The truth is a blunt instrument."
1988 was a strange year for me - one in which I felt dissociated from the world at large. In the pre-Internet era, it was necessary to seek out news by turning on the television, listening to the radio, or reading the newspaper. For the most part, ...
PEDRO Almodovar's interest in the medical world can be traced to the beginning of his filmography. (1) However, the themes of illness and disability (as well as hospitals or clinics as a principal locations) are not the primary focus in his films until the end of the 1990's, culminating with Hable con ella (2002). (2) A clear example of this increasing focus on the aforementioned themes and decors which are only indirectly present in his early work, is Todo sobre mi madre (1999). In this film Almodovar presents an unconventional vision of HIV and AIDS while exploring literal and metaphorical transplants in an attempt to propose a new kind of authenticity. (3) Yet, though AIDS occupies a central place in this film, it appears in a distant, stylized manner, which symbolically represents an optimistic path towards health. I will argue here that for the first time the Spanish director rendered AIDS and HIV visible and yet paradoxically suppressed them by means of a typical almodovarian twist which implies an escape from realism (one which he has never espoused) toward a certain idea of tolerance in post-Franco Spain. (4) This tolerance is embodied principally by Manuela who judges neither her ex-husband (now a transgender woman), the prostitute she later befriends (Agrado who is also transgender), the actress whose self-centeredness was partially responsible for her son's death (Huma Rojo) nor the nun whose sexual improprieties has led to her contracting AIDS and thus being unable to care for the baby which Manuela will adopt as her own. This is thus a tolerance not only of sexual, gender or lifestyle difference, it is as though Manuela incarnated here a capacity for forgiveness which is specifically presented as a healing force, a kind of secular saintliness which nonetheless never appears to be super human. Manuela's caring manifests itself in particular with respect to how she deals with illness--her goodness is essentially based on her willingness to care for others. Manuela is both the ideal nurse and the ideal mother.
Still in the top ten with "The Prestige," Christian Bale comes back for double duty in the new action thriller "Harsh Times" from MGM. The R-rated film from the writer of "Training Day" finds the Caped Crusader playing an ex-Army Ranger enlisting with the LAPD who still has ties into the crime world in South Central. "Harsh" will play to urban audiences and should skew male but will find the marketplace difficult to navigate with bigger titles like "Borat" and "Saw III" already doing strong business with that demo. Bale lacks the drawing power of Denzel Washington in his Oscar-winning role in "Training Day" so the grosses should not be in the same ballpark. A moderate national release in over 900 theaters will also limit the potential. "Harsh Times" will have to fight hard in order to crack the top ten and could finish the frame with around $3M. 041b061a72