March 30, 1995 |
The Italian Cultural Institute--Istituto Italiano di Cultura--christened its new Westwood quarters Tuesday with a lavish party for more than 1,000 guests, including legendary film director Michelangelo Antonioni and actress Sophia Loren. With the arrival of Antonioni, who received an honorary Academy Award on Monday, the two-story center on Hilgard Avenue officially opened as the Italian government's effort to bridge the cultural divide between the two nations.
October 1, 1998
8 pm: Jazz Whether exploring Bob Dylan, spirituals or tunes from the silent films of Buster Keaton, guitarist Bill Frisell projects a unique, plugged-in take on American music. His original compositions reflect influences from Charles Ives to Jimi Hendrix. Here, the trio master makes a rare solo concert appearance. * Bill Frisell, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. $18; members, $16; students, $12. (310) 440-4500.
March 24, 1989 |
This week's big video release is "Big" (CBS/Fox, $89.95, PG). Following by a week the video release of another Tom Hanks picture, "Punchline," this comedy-fantasy is about a boy who wishes himself into adulthood, carrying his pubescent mind along for the wild ride. "Funny, warm, sophisticated and highly imaginative," wrote Kevin Thomas in The Times. Also highly successful, with a $111 million box-office gross. Many fans of director Costa-Gavras felt betrayed by "Betrayed" (MGM/UA, $89.
February 5, 1995 |
Remember when people thought Bono just wanted to be God? Now he wants to be Joe Eszterhas. Yes, U2's singer has written a screenplay, and he's got no less than esteemed German director Wim Wenders set to direct it. Production on the film, titled "The Million Dollar Hotel," will probably begin this summer, after Wenders has finished producing veteran director Michelangelo Antonioni's film "Par Dela Les Nuages." But no, Bono is not expected to take an on-screen role in the project.
August 3, 2007 |
The whole suburbs-as-repository-of-psychic-despair thing has been pretty well covered, what with "Blue Velvet," "American Beauty" and "Desperate Housewives" working that particular cul-de-sac of the subdivision. "Laura Smiles" has little to add to the conversation, so writer-director Jason Ruscio resorts to timeline trickery and a general undercurrent of glacial malaise to hold things together.
July 13, 1993 |
The nagging, puzzling conundrum of Vietnam veterans missing in action takes on different guises, depending on who is talking. If a Pentagon official is talking, it often sounds like an embarrassed government official trying to cover his backside. If a conspiracy theorist is talking, it often sounds like a huge government cover-up of a policy that sacrificed soldiers for foreign policy--a kind of Vietnam within Vietnam.
April 29, 1988 |
A movie motto for the '80s: Anything worth doing badly is worth doing again--especially if it made money. "Critters 2: The Main Course" (citywide) is a sequel to "Critters"--the 1986 horror-comedy and "Gremlins" knockoff, and though it's somewhat better than its predecessor, largely through sheer directorial and photographic panache, it's still pretty disreputable and mindless.