October 17, 2013 |
Early in her career, Jacqueline Bisset discovered that she didn't need to be in every shot of a movie. Bisset came to that realization while making Jerry Paris' underrated 1970 drama "The Grasshopper," which cast her as a wide-eyed teenager from British Columbia who winds up a prostitute in Las Vegas. It was the first time the British actress, who had become an international sensation in such films as the seminal 1968 thriller "Bullitt" and the 1970 granddaddy of disaster flicks, "Airport," carried a movie.
October 13, 2013
SPAIN Presentation Artist Warner LeMenager will present a slide show on Barcelona's architecture and history. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. HIKING Workshop An REI instructor will give a presentation on summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro using the Marangu Route. When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at the REI store in Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real. Admission, info: Free.
October 12, 2013 |
Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke's "Unknown Pleasures," "The World" and "24 City" have been celebrated by critics and on the international festival circuit, but his work has yet to break through with a wider audience in America. That might change with his latest, "A Touch of Sin," an action film of sorts set in contemporary China and opening Friday in Los Angeles. Where Jia's earlier works have often blended fiction with documentary, here he overlays the style of traditional martial arts adventure storytelling known as wuxia onto his contemporary four-part tale of loners, revenge and violence based on recent real-life incidents in China.
October 10, 2013 |
How do you represent a hundred years of a nation's moviemaking, especially when the country is one as vast and complex as China? In what it's calling a "preliminary" sampling, the UCLA Film & Television Archive is offering Angelenos the chance to experience a striking array of selections of Chinese cinema, from the silent gems of Shanghai's Golden Age to recently unearthed midcentury satires and more familiar art-house hits such as 2000's "In the...
October 10, 2013 |
A documentary purportedly on how electronic devices have driven us all to distraction, "Dsknectd" is itself a sensory assault. A one-stop shop for technology-borne maladies such as multitasking, virtual gaming, sexting, catfishing and Internet commentating, it is a series of free-associating non sequiturs underscored by nonillustrative graphics and an intrusive soundtrack. "Dsknectd" crosscuts interviews, reenactments and its own unscientific quasi-research - such as soliciting responses with a fake personal ad and subjecting a random woman to 24 hours without cellphone and Internet.
October 3, 2013 |
Conventional wisdom holds that Dario Argento, maker of such classics as "Suspiria" and "Deep Red," has been running on fumes for years now. But his latest, "Argento's Dracula 3D," has enough going for it besides its alphabetically VOD-friendly title to prove that the Italian horror and suspense maestro shouldn't be entirely counted out. At his best, Argento has a subversive wit and sinister perveyness somewhat analogous to that of photographer Helmut...
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September 27, 2013 |
One of the filmmakers behind the highly controversial anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims" was released from federal custody Thursday. Mark Basseley Youssef, 56, was released from a halfway house sometime Thursday morning, said Ed Ross of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Ross said Youssef's release was "uneventful" and that "he has four years of supervision" after Thursday's release. Youssef, who previously changed his name from Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, was sentenced in November to a year behind bars after admitting to violating terms of his release after a 2010 conviction on bank and credit card fraud. Ross said that in late May, Youssef was transferred to a halfway house. The movie "Innocence of Muslims" portrays the prophet Muhammad as a womanizer and child molester and sparked rioting across the globe after it was uploaded onto YouTube.
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September 26, 2013 |
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the one of the filmmakers behind the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims" that sparked rioting across the globe, is scheduled to be released from federal custody Thursday. Nakoula, 56, was sentenced in November to a year behind bars after admitting to violating terms of his release from a 2010 conviction on bank and credit card fraud. In late May, he was transferred to a halfway house, said Ed Ross of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The jailing of Nakoula raised questions about whether the U.S. government was acting in response to the international furor the movie caused.
September 25, 2013 |
The International Documentary Assn. will honor Alex Gibney, Laura Poitras and Geralyn Dreyfous with IDA Documentary Awards at a ceremony in December, the organization announced Wednesday. The IDA will present its 2013 Career Achievement Award to Gibney, who directed two films about controversial figures in 2013 - "The Armstrong Lie," an examination of cyclist Lance Armstrong that opens theatrically in November, and "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks," a documentary about Julian Assange that opened in the spring.
September 20, 2013 |
A film on the life and adventures of burlesque performer Tempest Storm - an 85-year-old dancer who passed through the orbits of Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy - won a $7,500 prize at this week's Westdoc conference for documentaries and reality television, giving a huge boost of encouragement to its two young filmmakers. "The competition is fierce here. There are some remarkable projects. Everyone's bringing it," said Kaitlyn Regehr, 28, the Toronto-based producer of "Tempest Storm: Burlesque Queen.