February 22, 2011 |
Heading into Sunday's Academy Awards, "Exit Through the Gift Shop" is undoubtedly the most buzzed-about film in the documentary feature category. But the uncomfortable question persists: Is it real? The movie is anchored by two of the least reliable narrators in memory: Banksy, the anonymous British street artist; and Thierry Guetta, an eccentric French émigré to Los Angeles whose obsessive filming happens to capture the world of high-concept graffiti. In alternating interviews, the two recount the rise of anti-establishment vandals into the upper echelons of the art world, where their work quickly became commodified.
December 12, 2010
PHOTOGRAPHY Workshop Bring your digital camera and owner's manual and learn about your camera's basic functions and how to shoot better pictures. When, where: 6 p.m. Tuesday, at the REI store in Arcadia, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave. Admission, info: $20 for REI members; $40 for others. (626) 447-1062
April 11, 2011 |
The late Glenn Ford's 8,800-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion has a curious octagon shape that had just one official bedroom -- a huge master bedroom on the main floor. "There are very few right angles in this house," said his only child, 66-year-old Peter Ford, who has lived there with his wife, Lynda, for the last 17 years. They moved in 12 years before Ford's death in 2006 at age 90 to take care of the ailing actor. "The reason was, he didn't want to be fenced in. This house is kind of a metaphor for his life.
February 25, 2010 |
Creating a dramatic and believable depiction of people's lives in the running time of a motion picture is a challenge for most screenwriters and directors, but in "Up," Pete Docter and his creative team at Pixar had just a scant few minutes to give the back story of his protagonist, curmudgeonly senior citizen Carl Frederickson (voiced by Ed Asner), which would in turn give him an iron-clad reason to fly his entire house to South America via balloon. What's remarkable about the sequence is not only the scope of the time covered, which takes Carl and his beloved, Ellie, from childhood to old age, but also the complex emotional issues that it addresses, as well as the fact that it unfolds largely in total silence save for Michael Giacchino's Oscar-nominated score.
August 27, 2008 |
I GENERALLY don't want to be in any club that includes Pamela Anderson, which is part of the reason I'm often skeptical about PETA causes. That said, I was horrified when I saw the latest documentary from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, about great apes in film and TV. The video was narrated by Anjelica Huston, who recently sent it to all the studios, along with a letter asking them to stop using the animals. We're talking primarily chimps, who have appeared in commercials and movies such as "Project X," "The Wizard of Oz," "Evan Almighty," "Planet of the Apes" and, of course, Clyde the kiss-blowing orangutan in "Every Which Way but Loose."
September 19, 2011
This trio of gridiron films scored big with audiences: 'Knute Rockne, All American' There is a lot of Hollywood fiction mixed into this 1940 true story of famed Notre Dame coach Pat O'Brien. Ronald Reagan shines as the Gipper. 'Heaven Can Wait' Warren Beatty stars in, produced, co-wrote and directed this charming 1978 comedy fantasy about a football player who dies and comes back to life in another body. 'Remember the Titans' Denzel Washington stars in this 2000 true-story hit based on a newly appointed African American high school coach in the '70s.