August 20, 2010
Nicolo Donato's bleak yet compelling "Brotherhood," an unsparing neo-noir with the structure and inevitability of classic drama, opens in the dark of night with a man entrapping a young, inexperienced gay man into a bashing and then cuts to a young blond soldier being told by his commanding officer he cannot be promoted because he's been accused of making passes at fellow soldiers. The soldier, Lars (Thure Lindhardt), is vulnerable when by chance he falls into a group of neo- Nazis and is recruited by its leader, the bearded, paunchy but implacably forceful Michael (Nicolas Bro)
August 15, 1995 |
The director is wearing Reeboks, untied, with no socks. His purple shirt is damp with sweat, his love beads are red and turquoise over an exceedingly hairy chest. Hard to say about the legs, since they're covered in an orange sarong. This is Julian Schnabel, the very rich and very famous enfant terrible painter of the '80s art world, as film director.
July 23, 2005
Re Christopher Knight's review of the Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art ["Hail the King," July 19]: There isn't a landlord in America who, if he found these random scrawls on his walls, wouldn't immediately paint them over. If Basquiat's work is a parody of intellectual pretension, Knight's appraisal would have been the first one he would have taken aim at. Keith Rocklin Los Angeles MOCA delivers! The Basquiat exhibition overflows with exuberance, talent and intrigue -- a "must see" for art lovers everywhere.
August 20, 2010
MOVIES Topanga Film Festival Now in its sixth year, the Topanga Film Festival is committed to bringing the best in independent and experimental filmmaking to its screens. Documentaries, short films, features and contributions from budding young directors will be screened — some under the stars — over four days. The main screening tent is at 120 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, but there are other locations as well. Fri.-Sun. Times and prices vary. http://www.topangafilmfestival.
April 4, 2004
Patrick J. Kiger's article on "The Golden Age of Mediocrity" (March 7) was especially thought-provoking for me as a classical musician. Whether we like it or not, the culture of pop music reflects contemporary life, and audiences call their favorite performers "geniuses." My concern is how to salvage the phenomenon of traditional genius in classical music. It seems that contemporary classical performers are influenced by the super-intense emotions of rock musicians. A return to the mastering of beautiful sound, though, would bring back the meaning of a true genius-performer in the classical style.
October 3, 1986 |
Larry Gagosian kicks off the fall season with yet another exhibition of fake child art from New York. One Jean-Michel Basquiat seems like more than enough, but apparently there are dozens of ambitious rookies slaving away in the dark recesses of Gotham who don't feel that way. Borrowing liberally from the schoolyard style that Basquiat pioneered, most of them fail to add anything of their own to the recipe--but, hey, no sweat. There's no place like the art world for unloading a truckload of Dr.