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By Kenneth Turan Times Staff Writer"THE BRAVE ONE" is less a brave movie than a foolhardy one. Trapped in a no man's land between seriousness and pulp trash, it plays like a combination of "Death Wish" and "The Hours." If that sounds like an awkward fit, it is. The first collaboration...
Zap2It.comIn one fell swoop, the cast of Werner Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant" has grown around star Nicolas Cage, with the addition of 10 actors. The update of Abel Ferrara's 1992 cult drama will begin shooting later this summer from a script by William Finkelstein....
It's not easy being Det. Tom Ludlow ( Keanu Reeves). Still grieving over his recently deceased wife, he wanders the streets of Los Angeles in an alcoholic haze, shooting first, planting evidence next and answering questions later. This should be enough to...
Tags: Crimes, Los Angeles, Hugh Laurie, Idi Amin, Assault
Zap2It.comAmerican films dominate the competition slate for the 60th Cannes Film Festival. Announced Thursday (April 19), the Cannes Film Festival will open with director Wong Kar Wai's first English-language feature, the star-studded "My Blueberry Nights,"...
When "Mother of Tears: The Third Mother" has its world premiere Thursday as the opening night film of the Midnight Madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival -- the same slot that unleashed "Borat" last year -- it will complete a trilogy...
Times Staff WriterOne of last year's best pictures was Lukas Moodysson's "Lilya 4-ever," in which Oksana Akinshina played a Russian girl in the immediate post-Soviet era who is tricked into becoming a prostitute in Sweden. "Lana's Rain" has a similar plot, and its star'...
Times Staff Writer"The Addiction" is unlike any vampire picture you've ever seen--but then it was directed by Abel Ferrara, poet of urban violence, from a script by Nicholas St. John so imaginative that it gets away with being as intellectual as it is visceral. ...
Tags: Annabella Sciorra, Addiction, Edie Falco, Movies, Education
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday November 8, 1996 Abel Ferrara's "The Funeral" takes us down the familiar mean streets of the period gangster picture as if we hadn't been there many times before. Ferrara and his frequent co-writer, Nicholas St. John, typically match...
Tags: Crimes, Chris Penn, Annabella Sciorra, Movies, Family
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday October 8, 1999 Over the years, ceaselessly venturesome independent filmmaker Abel Ferrera has been drawn to dangerous, ultra-volatile heroes, often criminals living violent lives who nonetheless crave spiritual redemption, as epitomized by...
Admirers of director Abel Ferrara may be relieved that his latest feature, "R Xmas," marks a modest if encouraging return to form. Based on a story by Cassandra de Jesus, and written by Ferrara and Scott Pardo, "R Xmas" tracks some 24 tense hours in the...
Brand XAbel Ferraraâ€™s 1992 â€śBad Lieutenantâ€ť is an unlikely candidate for a remake: more successful critically than commercially, it never developed a notable cult following, possibly because itâ€™s so unpleasant that even its biggest fans ar...
Culture MonsterOperatic soprano RenĂ©e Fleming's latest album, "Dark Hope," has received quite a bit of press in the past few weeks, mainly because she doesn't perform any opera in it. "Dark Hope" features the renowned American singer performing renditions of songs........
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