Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Carrie Rickey

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Carrie Rickey was born in L.A. around the time the Jennifer Jones/Laurence Olivier movie Carrie hit screens. Hence her name. Since then she's seen more than 12,000 films without losing her love of movies -- or wordplay. But don't envy her job too much. She has to sit through the likes of Battlefield Earth just so she can warn you not to.

Have camera, will travel. In pursuit of a compelling story, Werner Herzog will go anywhere. He has pitched his tripod in the Alaskan wilderness (Grizzly Man), on the lip of an active Caribbean volcano (La Soufrière), and only-God-and-Klaus-Kinski-know-where up the Amazon River (Aguirre, the Wrath of God).
As his searing performance in Dreamgirls confirmed, Eddie Murphy has under-explored depths, tones and talents. That the man who can, apparently, do anything chose to do the deliberately offensive Norbit (a choice that lost him the Oscar so richly deserved for Dreamgirls) is a mystery beyond solution.

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