October 2, 2006 |
For years, local audiences have watched excerpts from John Castagna's evolving ballet adaptation of Strauss' comic opera "Die Fledermaus" on various mixed bills. However, performances over the weekend at the Gallery Theatre in Barnsdall Art Park offered the first chance to see how the sections fit together. Unfortunately, they didn't.
October 17, 2003 |
There's something terribly demoralizing about "Veronica Guerin," and it's not just that its subject, a crusading Irish journalist played by the protean Cate Blanchett, was murdered in Dublin in 1996 by criminals she was in the process of exposing. And it's not that what's on screen is more schlocky than satisfying. "Veronica Guerin" is far from the worst film you'll see this year, and it's far from the worst film its director, Joel Schumacher, has ever made. ("8MM" anyone? I thought not.
December 8, 2008 |
Music composer Garry Schyman sits in his Culver City studio, at a desk topped with Gustav Mahler biographies and Krzysztof Penderecki recordings, and ponders the hero's predicament. He pivots to his keyboard and plays a handful of chords conveying utter loss, the draining of hope. If you happen to play the video game Resistance: Retribution after it's released next spring, you'll take on the role of a British soldier working to subvert an alien invasion in post-apocalyptic Europe.
August 15, 2003 |
When Sofia Milos first appears in "Passionada," a charming love story for adults, she has the impact of a goddess. Extraordinarily beautiful, with an aquiline nose, a full mouth and long black hair, Milos is ideally cast as Celia Amonte, a widow in her mid-30s who lives in the Portuguese American community of New Bedford, Mass.
November 10, 1999 |
From the moment you see stressed-out, short-tempered NYPD patrolman Dante Jackson (Forest Whitaker) roughing up scruffy, gentle Ziggy Malone (Robert Ri'chard) for drawing pictures on a crowded high school stairwell, you suspect that a long day is in store for the borough of Queens. And before you can say "Blackboard Jungle," the following ensues in "Light It Up": A popular teacher (Judd Nelson) is suspended for taking his class off school grounds because there was no available space in the under-heated, overcrowded building for him to do his job. Several students, including the class president (Rosario Dawson)
February 13, 1998 |
Things are missing in the Lender residence. Small things, like hat pins, tape measures, double-A batteries, spools of thread, refrigerator leftovers. Just enough to be an annoyance to the family, especially Pete, an innovative 10-year-old who has begun setting nasty little traps for the thieves. But the missing items aren't stolen, they're merely borrowed.