| Jul 21, 2012
| 4:00 PM
It may be too obvious an intro, but filmmaker Todd Solondz — whose new film “Dark Horse” opens next week — could himself be considered a dark horse. His films have a strong following at festivals and in art houses, but they are too...
| Aug 7, 2009
John Hughes, the influential writer-director who captured the humor and angst of the teen experience, 1980s style, in hit movies such as "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," died Thursday. He was 59.
| Jan 8, 2009
Ned Tanen, a highly regarded former president of Universal Pictures and Paramount Pictures in the 1970s and '80s who presided over hits such as "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" and "Top Gun," has died. He was 77.
Tanen, whose credits as an independent...
| Aug 7, 2009
Filmmaker John Hughes burned brightest in the '80s, when he defined teen angst in terms of the caste system of the suburban high school experience, a thread that others would pick up again and again.
His films were talky, in a good way. Like the kids...
| Jul 25, 2010
Talking to Girls About Duran Duran
One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut
Dutton: 274 pp., $25.95
I hate the '80s. I'm not saying I hate the days of my youth, but I hate burnished nostalgia for an era in which I just...
| Mar 8, 2010
John Hughes' film message is simple: The kids are all right.
His young heroes were certainly confused, frustrated and angry, but they ultimately proved steely enough to triumph over the often cruel peer pressure and stifling confinement of suburban life....
| Sep 3, 2009
Movie buffs, prepare to feast upon a banquet of classic and rare films, celebrity guests and memorabilia marts at the 45th annual Cinecon film festival, which kicks off tonight and runs through Monday at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
| May 24, 2007
SHE TURNED 16 the other day, and I can hardly spit out the words. Sixteen. As in 16 candles. As in sweet (and sour) 16. As in the .416 (or so) batting average she racked up for her school softball team. As in the 16 bucks I gave her for the movies. As...
| Nov 30, 2008
To some, it might seem a bit of a stretch for the director of an odd and obscure documentary about the '80s arcade game Donkey Kong to become the man in charge of the big-budget holiday-season comedy " Four Christmases," starring Vince Vaughn and Reese...
| May 27, 2008
A comedy about kids that was not made for kids but was not not made for kids, "Square Pegs" premiered on CBS in the fall of 1982; a quarter of a century later, it has come to DVD in its surprisingly modest, 19-episode entirety. But 9 1/2 hours is time...
| Aug 1, 2008
"American Teen" is as close to fraudulent as a documentary can get and still be worth seeing.
No doubt director Nanette Burstein went at this project with an open mind and an open heart, along with an open lens and an open mike. Burstein spent the 2005-...