September 19, 2001
Jeff Keating o7 Jeff Keating is managing editor of the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader and Foothill Leader.f7 Perfectly capturing the disdain teens feel for the artificial culture they're inheriting, as well as their yearning for something of substance, "Ghost World" refuses to indulge either emotion too deeply. The result is a smart, often sardonic take on life as seen through a just-graduated-from-high-school prism. Enid (Thora Birch)
August 9, 2006
Over the years, Woody Allen's films have spanned a wide range of popularity, and his fame rests more with artistic merit rather than commercial success. With this longevity he's amassed a strong cadre of devotees, and this group should enjoy "Scoop," (rated PG-13) his latest effort. Reminiscent of his "Purple Rose of Cairo" in which a character came off a movie screen and entered someone's life, this film requires the viewer to suspend disbelief and accept the far-fetched premise.
January 28, 2006
match point"Match Point" is a Woody Allen film masquerading as something entirely different until the climax when it is revealed to be, if nothing else, a Woody Allen film. As with most of his films, "Match Point" is beautifully shot, well-acted, and superbly directed. The hermetically sealed milieu, and characters, featured in some of his weaker films, supports, rather than undermines, the story here. Set in modern-day London, "Match Point" follows the upward mobility of Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers)
November 30, 2012
Alfred Hitchcock's reputation as a filmmaker was already on the rise when he died 32 years ago. Since then it has consistently (and rightly) grown ever greater. At the same time, his reputation as a person has taken a lot of blows ... whether rightly or not is a determination way above my pay grade. It's significant that Donald Spoto's biography - the first Hitchcock bio to be published after his death - was subtitled “The Dark Side of Genius.” Sacha Gervasi's new “Hitchcock” is technically based on Stephen Rebello's “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho,” but it draws on decades of lore about the great director's obsessions - the most disturbing being his attempts to win the love of the young blond actresses he repeatedly cast.