Dennis King | Published: Fri, Mar 28, 2014
BY DENNIS KING NEW YORK – Critics of Wes Anderson’s unique brand of fantastical, eccentric, clockwork filmmaking often suggest that his movies are airy, ornamental inventions lacking the gravity of truly profound storytelling. On first blush that may seem true. Each of his eight meticulously handcrafted films has proven itself as intricate and multi-faceted as a Faberge egg.
Dennis King | Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014
Long before “Matilda: The Musical” became a Tony Award-winning hit on Broadway, the story was a much-beloved children’s book by the great British eccentric Roald Dahl and a prickly, endearing 1996 movie adaptation by actor-director Danny DeVito. In the nearly 20 years since its release, that quirky, zippy little film – much like the story’s page and stage incarnations – has achieved a sort of cult status among young fans, as well as among grown-up admirers of Dahl’s warm, weird and wonderfully cracked body of literature.
Dennis King | Published: Tue, Mar 25, 2014
This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Beast of the Bering Sea” Syfy Channel Originals have a certain dubious cache among fans of bad, cheapo horror movies (this is the outlet that gave us “Sharknado,” after all).
Dennis King | Published: Mon, Mar 17, 2014
This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales” Legendary horror director Tom Holland, creator of such latter-day horror mainstays as “Child’s Play” and “Fright Night,” tries his hand at short anthology pieces in “Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales” (due out on DVD Tuesday).
Dennis King | Published: Fri, Mar 14, 2014
In the Technicolor old West of 1950s Hollywood, director Anthony Mann made a name for himself by pioneering a stark kind of sagebrush drama featuring deeply conflicted cowboys with loads of dark secrets in their saddlebags.
Dennis King | Published: Tue, Mar 11, 2014
This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles” With the breakout success of “The Lego Movie,” another rendering of the little plastic block toys and a sci-fi cultural icon is now getting a boost with the release of “Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles” (due out on DVD Tuesday).
Dennis King | Published: Sun, Mar 9, 2014
British actress Vivien Leigh, who died tragically in 1963 at age 53, made only 19 movies in her career, but her two most celebrated and memorable roles – for which she earned best acting Oscars – were playing iconic woman of the American South.
Dennis King | Published: Fri, Mar 7, 2014
Before taking over on his own popular Masterpiece Mystery TV series, “Inspector Lewis,” the everyman British actor Kevin Whately spent some13 years as Detective Sergeant Robbie Lewis, the reliable, long-suffering sidekick to John Thaw’s prickly, cerebral detective in the “Inspector Morse” series.
Dennis King | Published: Mon, Mar 3, 2014
This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Portland Expose” Out-of-towners who know Portland only as the left-coast fantasyland depicted in Fred Armisen and Carrie Browstein’s campy, hipster spoof “Portlandia” can get a far grittier and noirish vision of the port city in “Portland Expose” (due out on DVD Tuesday).
Dennis King | Published: Fri, Feb 28, 2014
Flying on commercial airlines in this post-9/11 world has become onerous drudgery, and unfortunately taking a trip with Liam Neeson and a top-flight cast in “Non-Stop” is no jaunt through the friendly skies either. This claustrophobic thriller set entirely aboard an imperiled trans-Atlantic airliner is freighted with a densely preposterous plotline, a first-class passenger list of supporting players and the always-dynamic Neeson at his crusty, taciturn, anti-hero best.
Dennis King | Updated: Fri, Feb 28, 2014
When the Oscar ceremonies air this Sunday night, a weepy few moments will be set aside to pay brief tribute to Hollywood luminaries who have died in the past year. Since 1994, a short obituary segment – usually labeled “In Memoriam” and accompanied by a sentimental song (such as the version of “Smile” performed by Celine Dion during the 2011 broadcast) – has aired each year about midway through the glitzy, self-congratulatory party.
Dennis King | Updated: Thu, Feb 27, 2014
As the old sports saw goes: You can’t tell the players without a program. And for this Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, the most lavish and expansive program of all is “85 Years of the Oscar” (Abbeville Press, $75), by erudite TCM host Robert Osborne.
Dennis King | Published: Mon, Feb 24, 2014
This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Les Petits Meurtres D’Agatha Christie Set 1” Agatha Christie, that most British of whodunit authors, gets a dash of French savoir-faire in “Les Petits Meurtres D’Agatha Christie Set 1” (due out on DVD Tuesday).