"The Beatles have lost their innocence, certainly, but loss of innocence is, increasingly, their theme."
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a film called Star Wars opened up in theaters and changed the world.
The most bizarre event of the New York theater season is the coming of two separate shows based on, of all things, a narrative poem from the 1920s, Joseph Moncure March's "The Wild Party." Sensational and shocking in 1928, the book was banned in Boston for its bawdy story of sex, drugs and violence among the beautiful and damned of the jazz age.
After three years of false rumors, and a maddening mix of secretiveness and hype, Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" is here. The 13th and last film of the legendary director, who died with shocking suddenness in March days after making the final cut, turns out to be his most personal work.
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE'' ISN'T going to come near big-bang champ ""Armageddon's'' 1998 box-office gross of more than $200 million. But the romantic comedy about the young Bard is the year's big surprise, winning three Golden Globe awards and sure to grab a garland of Oscar nominations this week.
SOME SAY THE 2OTH CENTURY was actually born in 1914, when the guns of August blew away the covenants of the 19th century. But there's a strong case to be made for Dec. 28, 1895, when the first paid public showing of motion pictures took place in Paris, presented by Louis and Auguste Lumiere. (Check out that incredibly fortuitous name, the Light Brothers, creating the movies, the art of light!) Although Thomas Edison had invented the Kinetoscope in 1889, his device could be seen by only one...
STRANGE DAYS DOESN'T JUST SIT THERE ON the screen and invite you to watch. It instantly yanks you into a dazzling opening sequence, a frenetic heist in which the careening camera makes you one of the heisters, breaking through doors, lurching down stairways, whacking people around.
If there were a nobel prize for literary Opportunism, Michael Crichton would have accumulated thousands of frequent-flier miles to Sweden. Crichton, a supersmart cookie, bones up on trendissimo topics (""Rising Sun,'' ""Jurassic Park'') and then uses the best-seller list as a trampoline to vault into blockbuster movies.