LA Film Festival 2010: Freakonomics

freakonomics

Ed Rampell: Freakonomics is a great documentary adaptation of Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt’s bestselling book that applies statistical and economics theory to various phenomena, finding extraordinary explanations and insights. Master documentarians direct various segments linked to interviews with the co-authors

LA Film Festival 2010: Night Catches Us

night catches us

Ed Rampell: Set in 1976 Philadelphia after the heyday of the Black Panther Party, this film noir-ish feature depicts the fallout involvement in the Black liberation cause has on ex-Panthers and others.

LA Film Festival 2010: One Lucky Elephant

one lucky elephant

Ed Rampell: Lisa Leeman’s documentary One Lucky Elephant is similar to the 1990s fact-based features Buddy and Gorillas in the Mist starring, respectively, Rene Russo and Sigourney Weaver, as humans living closely with wild animals. All three films study the paradigm of inter-species relationships.

LA Progressive Articles — June 27 to July 3, 2010

Articles by Ivan Eland, David A. Love, SH. Scott Prosterman, Michele Waslin, Jerry Drucker, Ed Rampell, Georgianne Nienaber, Robert Letcher, Robert Fuller, Tom Degan, Kathleen Gronnerud, Anthony Samad, Andrea Nill, Sikivu Hutchinson, Tracy Emblem, Michael Sigman, Rev. Irene Monroe, Tina Dupuy, Linda Milazzo, Bill Londrigan, Mike Price, Jim Fuller, Mary Pallant, John Peeler, Sharon Kyle, Lydia Howell, and Steve Hockstadt,

LA Film Festival 2010: Space Tourists

space tourists

Ed Rampell: Today, due to the collapse of the USSR, the industry that put the first creatures and human into the cosmos has largely been reduced to providing Yankee billionaires with an extraterrestrial playground – for, of course, a fee: $20 million per launch.

LA Film Festival 2010: A Small Act

a small act

Ed Rampell: This beautiful, moving film goes on to show the eventual meeting(s) of Mburu and his benefactor, who had no idea a charity was named after her. Nor that this Holocaust survivor’s small act of generosity would enable Mburu to play a role in campaigning ethnic cleansing around the world as a U.N. international civil servant, including at his native Kenya.

LA Film Festival 2010: Camera, Camera; Madagascar, A Journey Diary; Sylvester Stallone

Camera, Camera

Ed Rampell: This refreshingly formal elegance compliments Madagascar’s content, as a visitor is invited by Natives to witness and participate in some sort of indigenous rituals that have to do with something like raising the dead. The short reminded me a lot of my time in another French colony, Tahiti, in terms of its delightful ukulele-sounding music, “bizarre” (to outsiders’ eyes) customs, language, local people, etc.

LA Film Festival 2010: Dog Sweat

Hot_Dog

Ed Rampell: Readers may remember President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s dubious remarks about gays at a Columbia University forum in 2007, and In Dog Sweat Keshavarz dares point his camera directly at the homosexual scene in Tehran, where same sex relationships are probably more controversial than gay marriage is here.

LA Film Festival 2010: Mahler on the Couch

mahler on the couch

Ed Rampell: Mahler On the Couch is co-written and co-directed by that rarity, a father and son team, Percy (1987’s Bagdad Cafe) and Felix Adlon. Their German language movie reminds me of 1976’s The Seven-Percent- Solution based on Nicholas Meyer’s novel about Sherlock Holmes (Nicol Williamson) being treated by Sigmund Freud (Alan Arkin).

LA Film Festival 2010: Farewell, My Lovely

farewell

Ed Rampell: Mensink said it took her up to 13 years to make what she called a “puzzle” of a film, piecing together the jigsaw motion picture pieces of found footage, including shots from only one feature film, Dirigible, a 1931 thriller made by none other than Frank Capra.

Visit us on Google+