December 13, 2007 |
The famously mustachioed director isn't letting the holiday season slow him down. He's touring snowy cities with his spoken-word show "A John Waters Christmas," writing a book and preparing to shoot "Fruitcake," a children's Christmas adventure. Plus, he lent his witty drawl to "Plagues and Pleasures of the Salton Sea," which screens tonight at the Echo Park Film Center (see previous page). No need for New Year's resolutions when you get so much done. -- WHY DID YOU WANT TO NARRATE "PLAGUES AND PLEASURES OF THE SALTON SEA"?
March 11, 2010 |
Claire Trevor could play tough. She sometimes even got to play tender. And on Thursday, the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre is celebrating her centenary with a classy, brassy double bill: 1948's "Key Largo," for which she won the supporting actress Oscar as gangster Edward G. Robinson's booze-hound moll, and 1944's terrific " Murder, My Sweet," starring Dick Powell as gumshoe Philip Marlowe, and Trevor as the quintessential femme fatale...
August 16, 2007 |
THE American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre salutes Alfred Hitchcock starting tonight, and it's no surprise that there will be plenty of classics -- but there's even one misstep from the Master of Suspense as well. The thrills commence with Hitchcock's only R-rated film, 1972's "Frenzy," a nail-biter about a man unjustly accused of committing a series of vicious murders of women. The killer's modus operandi? He strangles his victims with his necktie.
May 27, 2009 |
While L.A. native Ann Kaneko was shooting her latest documentary in 2001, she was witnessing a country gripped by terror, where those who raised awkward questions were often treated as troublemakers, traitors or worse. But Kaneko wasn't training her lens on the post-Sept. 11 United States. She was holed up in Lima, Peru, taking the pulse of the South American country that had been torn apart by a brutal Maoist guerrilla uprising and an equally ruthless government reprisal.
March 20, 2011 |
It's no easy job, being the lungs of Los Angeles. But Griffith Park, the foremost green space in a city notorious for meager parkland and abundant smog, endures bravely, maybe even heroically. Venture into the park, or nearby Elysian Park, or one of the creative neighborhoods in between, and you'll find not only beloved landmarks such as Griffith Observatory and Dodger Stadium, but also happy surprises, such as the time-travel supply shop, or the cafe where cops dine daily to the sound of echoing gunfire, or the Korean greetings that echo at dawn every day atop Mt. Hollywood.
August 30, 2007 |
FOLLOWING its successful Mods & Rockers Film Festival in July, the American Cinematheque is back this weekend with "Rock Doc: A Celebration of Rock Documentaries" at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. It kicks off tonight with the Los Angeles premiere of actress-filmmaker Rosanna Arquette's 2005 movie "All We Are Saying."
October 14, 2010 |
Discerning moviegoers will barely have time to catch their breath this week amid the eclectic and heady mix of film festivals, retrospectives, classic movies and other cinematic treats screening around town. Those whose tastes run to the subversive likely will want to check out the Counter Culture, Counter Cinema: An Avant-Garde Film Festival, which begins Thursday evening and continues through Saturday at the Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theater. Over three days, the festival will show avant-garde movies from the early 1960s to present day, all of which have been selected from the collection of the New American Cinema Group/New York's Film-Makers' Cooperative.
December 13, 2007 |
ECOLOGICAL disaster and comedy are unlikely bedfellows, but that's the oddball spirit of the documentary "Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea." Directors Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer, USC film school graduates, balance shots of beaches covered in rotting fish with characters such as Naked Don, a leather-skinned nudevangelist who stood starkers on the roadside to promote peace.
September 14, 2006
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN A NEIGHBORHOOD makes the turn from "up and coming" to "old news"? Not 10 years ago, Echo Park was a hotbed of gang violence and street crime. Today, depending on who you ask, the hilly neighborhood northwest of downtown has either already gentrified itself into over-mortgaged oblivion or is one Starbucks away from tipping over into a full-blown bourgeoispolis.
April 23, 2009 |
Patrick Swayze stars as a lawyer in "Jump," which premieres tonight at the Writers Guild Theater as part of the fourth annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival. Swayze, who has been battling pancreatic cancer for more than a year, is not expected to attend his tribute at the fest, due to health issues. The festival continues through April 30 at various venues in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. www.lajfilmfest.