December 23, 2008 |
If you're a documentarian, you know that while it's a great honor to make the academy's shortlist for best documentary short, it's almost impossible to get anyone in the media to write about your movie, since they're almost totally obsessed with handicapping the ups and downs of the various actor and best picture races. But thanks to the Canadian government, in particular Alberta's minister of culture, Leslie Iwerks' documentary short "Downstream" has a shot at a little notoriety, which is just what a doc-short needs to steal a little attention from the endless speculation about Kate Winslet's Oscar chances.
December 6, 2007 |
There probably won't be any snakes in the theater, but Samuel L. Jackson (pictured) is scheduled to show up tonight at the Aero in Santa Monica for a double bill of his recent films, "Resurrecting the Champ" and "Black Snake Moan." And sticking with the celebrity-appearance theme, Christian Bale will be on hand Saturday for a quartet of his own films: "American Psycho," "Batman Returns," "I'm Not There" and "3:10 to Yuma." . . .
May 6, 1999
Three special programs will salute three important but lesser-known animation figures this month. * On Friday, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will present "A Taste of Tashlin: Early Hollywood Cartoons." Although Frank Tashlin is known for directing such live-action comedies as "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?," he began his career in animation. He worked at Warner Bros.
March 2, 2007 |
The art of perseverance, manifesting itself in a variety of ways, is the dominant theme among the four "Academy Award Nominated Documentary Shorts." Although screening too late to help you win the Oscar pool, you have a chance to see if you agree with the academy's vote. Leading off is this year's Oscar winner, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon's "The Blood of Yingzhou District." It's a heartbreaking portrayal of the situation facing children in rural China who have been orphaned by AIDS.
February 21, 2007
BEST MOVIE "Babel" "The Departed" "Letters From Iwo Jima" "Little Miss Sunshine" "The Queen" THE BUZZ: This one's a classic Oscar cliffhanger. Most pundits say it's Abby versus Goliath (oops, "Little Miss Sunshine" versus "The Departed"), but "Babel" or "Letters From Iwo Jima" (Ken Watanabe, above) could upset because they have the Big Message. "The Queen" abdicates.
January 24, 2007
Foreign language film "After the Wedding" Denmark "Days of Glory" ("Indigenes") Algeria "The Lives of Others" Germany "Pan's Labyrinth" Mexico "Water" Canada * Animated feature "Cars" (Disney/Pixar) John Lasseter, director "Happy Feet" (Warner Bros.