CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2009 |
When Tim Bowler and his wife signed up to become part of the Main Street community garden in Santa Monica, they were eager to get their hands dirty and grow their own vegetables. It took them eight years to get a plot. Lynn Weston waited a decade. Christine Corr waited four years before getting her prized plot of land to garden at the Park Drive community garden. Santa Monica officials say there are simply too many would-be gardeners and too little public garden space.
April 9, 1999 |
"Blood, Guts, Bullets & Octane" is a hilarious black comedy in which a pair of luckless, 30ish, small-town car salesmen, driven to desperation, agree to take 48-hour custody of a burgundy 1963 Pontiac Le Mans convertible--in exchange for $250,000. Blond and beefy Sid (Joe Carnahan, also the film's writer, director and editor) and Bob (Dan Leis), a handsome Dapper-Dan type, know full well the car's trunk holds more than a spare tire.
May 17, 2002 |
Anyone who still doubts the potential of digital video to enhance the effectiveness of a dramatic film should take a look at "someBody." Henry Barrial's debut feature cannily exploits the cinema verite aspects of the technology as he follows one woman's crawl through the minefield of love. The result is a movie that is so dead-on in its evocation of the games people play that it's hard to tell where real life steps back and art steps in.
October 26, 2001 |
"Fighter" might be called "Two Tough Jews" or "My Squabble With Arnost," but under any name it's a revealing and provocative documentary. Director Amir Bar-Lev finds a way to mix the personal, the philosophical and the historical into a complex human document, something that's funny, moving and sad. The fighter of the title is clearly 77-year-old Jan Weiner, a professor and wilderness guide introduced smartly hitting the heavy bag despite his advanced years.
April 20, 2001 |
Like the flowing water it takes its name from, the documentary "Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale" meanders, dawdles, doubles back on itself but finally gets us somewhere fascinating and worthwhile.
January 25, 1998 |
Independent filmmaker Zac Baldwin has been working on his running-themed feature film "To Touch the Wind" for 14 years. Yet after spending years on a screenplay and the equivalent of $65,000 to get a rough cut of the movie on tape, Baldwin seems resigned to the fact that his project may never make it to a theater. "There's a Catch-22," he says. "While there was interest for the finished product, I couldn't get anyone to give me the money to finish it.