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11.10.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Ludwig II remains one of the 19th century�s most famous monarchs. Unlike his peers, his reputation rests neither on war nor diplomacy, repression nor reform, but on art and madness. As ruler of Bavaria, a kingdom that became an autonomous state of the German Empire during his reign, Ludwig spend a fortune supporting the composer Richard Wagner and rearing fairytale castles that probably became t...
10.25.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
The nighttime football game at the start of Pride and Glory, a contest between aggressive amateurs on a frozen gridiron, sets the wintry tone and suggests the theme. Teams are everything, embracing the families of players lining the stands shouting �Defense! Defense!� Pride and Glory is about teamwork and its abuse, family ties and the game of defense. The movie is set around an NYPD pre...
10.03.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
The first sound is of pounding hooves and the first sight is of three horsemen hurrying over the crest of a dun colored hill, framed by the wooden gate to a ranch in desolate country. The city marshal and his deputies have come to arrest one of the hired hands for rape and murder, but the landowner, a man called Bragg (Jeremy Irons), stands firm. When the marshal tries to make the arrest Bragg s...
10.02.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
With avian flu and AIDS in the background, the idea of startling new contagions has been in the air among horror writers, literary authors and screenwriters. The novel by Portugese Novel Prize winner Jose Saramago, Blindness, concerns an apparnelty viral epidemic of �the white sickness,� causing victims to see little but squirming shapes in a sea of blinding white. They are rendered virtually si...
09.18.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Sentenced to 15 years on charges of being too rich, the former waiter Jan Dite is finally released from prison in Communist Czechoslovakia. Squinting against the bright sunshine of freedom, Dite�s reentry into society suffers a momentary snag when the strap of his backpack catches in the iron gate that slams shut behind him. Caught in the clutches of fate but wriggling his way forward, Di...
09.18.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Hunter S. Thompson was considered past his peak when he killed himself in 2005. During the high times of the 1960s and �70s, however, Thompson helped revitalize journalism through his audacity, his willingness to use the tactics of fiction in the strategy of finding truth. Filmmaker Alex Gibson�s Gonzo: The Life & Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is an entertaining and revealing look into...
09.13.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
After winning Oscars with the unrelentingly grim No Country For Old Men, the Coen brothers lighten up a little for Burn After Reading. Their new film traverses territory more familiar to the filmmakers. Here, death doesn�t descend in the form of an enigmatic hit man who tosses coins for the lives he encounters. Death just happens. Mordantly humorous but seldom laugh out loud, Burn After Reading ...
Thursday, May 1, 2008

An immigrant story

Walter Vale stares from the window of his well-appointed suburban Connecticut home. He is alone, and as one scene in The Visitor moves into the next, we learn more. Walter (Richard Jenkins) is plodding through his career as an economics professor, droning on about globalization to a big lecture hall, working desultorily on a book few will ever read.
Thursday, April 17, 2008

A Demi Moore thriller

Hitchcock preferred blondes, but in Flawless, the brunette Demi Moore fills the pumps once occupied by Janet Leigh, Kim Novak and Eva Saint Marie. Moore plays Laura Quinn, an unfulfilled American expatriate in London. It’s 1960. She is 38, never married and determined to make a career in a world where few women had careers. Laura sails each morning into the offices of the giant London Diamond consortium like a frigate at full steam, impassive, ready for the challenge of wearing a skirt in an old boy’s club. Through intelligence . . .
Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Love and Marriage? How to murder your wife

As the unhappy husband in Married Life, Harry (Chris Cooper) is banality curdled at the edges. He’s a successful executive in 1940s New York whose life begins to unbutton when he falls out of love with his wife of many years, Pat (Patricia Clarkson), and into a fine, furtive romance with a younger woman, Kay (Rachel McAdams). His best friend, the roguish British expatriate Richard (Pierce Brosnan), serves as the movie’s narrator and not disinterested observer. A well-groomed swinger, Richard begins to feel that a beautiful woman like Kay is wasting herself in the arms of the dowdy Harry.