Ed Rampell: Bellocchio is still pushing the proverbial envelope — his latest offering, Dormant Beauty, sort of combines the searing look at sickness and hard hitting politics of his first two features with yet another forbidden subject.
Ed Rampell: “Our Nixon” is a compilation film by Penny Lane about the only U.S. President (so far!) who resigned and had to leave that office is disgrace.
The Frying Pan: A successful mayor and council cannot be satisfied with merely coping as issues arise, but must be able to anticipate and define the city´s needs for the next four years. As our newly elected leaders prepare for their roles, we´ve asked writers to share their thoughts about what lies ahead for Los Angeles.
Ed Rampell: This behind-the-scenes expose of the banksters and their nefarious high finance manipulations and machinations is a fictional, highly entertaining counterpart to Oscar winning documentary Inside Job, about Wall Street’s massive defrauding of the people — at taxpayer expense.
Ed Rampell: One Night in Miami… has a deliciously enticing “what if?” notion based on limited documentation regarding what really happened behind closed doors after Cassius Clay (the appropriately irrepressible Matt Jones) whooped Sonny Liston in the Sunshine State.
Catch investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill for a LIVE Q&A after his Sundance Award-winning film “DIRTY WARS” at the 7:40pm show on Wednesday, June 12, at the Landmark Theater in LA!
Ed Rampell: “Hark! What light breaks through yonder canyon?” Why, it’s none other than another repertory season of revels and revelations at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, made glorious summer by these sons and daughters of Geers.
Walter Moss: Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables and Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina are great works. Having recently watched their latest film versions, I can’t say the same for them, though Les Mis seemed better than Anna.
Keith Woodhouse: The East, just out this weekend, is a movie ostensibly about radical anarcho-environmentalists that has little to say about radicalism, anarchism, or environmentalism.
Catherine Cocks: In 2011 some 5,722,000 people cruised the Caribbean. Even without the opportunity to sail on a resurrected Titanic, they partake in luxuries inspired by those of the previous century’s transatlantic liners.
Ed Rampell: The bioplay, expertly acted by Ruskin, reveals that Paine was a sort of Trotsky of the American Revolution — the world revolutionary who wound up as a prophet outcast.
Ed Rampell: While William F. Buckley presented an erudite face for reactionary politics, Morton Downey Jr.’s moronic ravings was really a far more honest mode of expressing the right-wing lunacy masquerading as the free market or imperial foreign policy, which started running amok in the 1980s.
Ed Rampell: Sightseers is a sort of demented On the Road meets Thelma and Louise meets Bonnie and Clyde, with a dash of Manson tribe sprinkled on top for good measure.