Want to spend your afternoon at an event hosted by Richard Trumka, Tim Robbins, Ed Asner, Ry Cooder, Tim Robbins, Michelle Phillips, John Heard, Elliot Gould, Ed Begley Jr, Mike Farrell, Joan and Kurtwood Smith,Valerie Harper, Jon Bauman, Eric Roberts, Earl Katz, Mimi Kennedy, Frances Fisher, Peter Coyote, Sara Nichols, Norman Lear, Jeff Wald and Jordan Sommers, Steven Nemeth, Naren and Cheri Shanker, Joel Diamond, Michael Butler, Jan Goodman and Jerry Manpearl, Sylvia Aroth, Lili Haydn, Vivek Maddela, Lila Garrett, Nina Merson, Jodie Evans, Teray Stephens, and Paul Cummins?
Ed Rampell: Mid-August Lunch may be out of step with the movie mainstream (all the more reason to feast your eyes on it), but it is very much in the Italian cinematic tradition of Neo-Realism. Like his motion picture predecessors such as Vittorio De Sica, Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti and Federico Fellini, Di Gregorio has cast a number of non-professional actors in the roles of the Italian mamas, and a couple of the director’s real life friends to play versions of themselves. This “amateur” casting – as the term “Neo-Realist” implies – often gives performances a more true-to-life, if less polished, quality, and it works very well onscreen here.
During the Memorial Day weekend, hundreds of anti-war activists gathered at Santa Monica’s Arlington West, a cemetary in the sand to honor the fallen soldiers of the US war and occupation of Iraq. Every Sunday, volunteers with Veterans for Peace and Arlington West rise before dawn to spend hours blanketing the beach with crosses that [...]