November 9, 2013 |
For many, the words "Brooklyn style" call to mind the easy cliché of a hipster in a hoodie. Nothing could be further from the dressed-up truth for Michael Kuhle and Adele Berne, the married couple who started men's clothier Epaulet New York there in 2008 with the borough's passion for old-school manufacturing, subtle updates on the traditional and a "small-batch" mentality. Now, after expanding to Manhattan in 2010 and with a thriving online business, they've come West. With the sun streaming through the big corner windows one recent morning, the couple are holding forth at their new Montana Avenue store in Santa Monica and explaining this somewhat surprising turn of events.
October 31, 2013 |
In his penthouse condo on the toniest block of Westwood, one of the world's biggest dance music producers kicks back at his dining room table in an all-black Armani ensemble. A spread of magazine covers, featuring the producer's face, stares up at him as he talks about his many new projects - remixes for buzzed-about pop acts like Haim and a DJ gig closing out the HARD Day of the Dead festival at L.A. State Historic Park in Chinatown this weekend alongside Skrillex and Deadmau5. His vocals were a centerpiece for a track on the year's biggest dance album, Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories," and, like many of the biggest stars of the genre, he's pondering a major Las Vegas DJ residency spanning his whole career.
October 24, 2013 |
"Spinning Plates" is a foodie phantasmagoria and something more. On one level a series of mini-docs on a trio of wildly different eating establishments, it becomes a group portrait of the restaurant business as well as an involving look at personal dramas that go well beyond the kitchen. This is the first documentary feature for writer-director Joseph Levy (who previously produced the Food Network series "Into the Fire"), and he has been shrewd in the three restaurants he profiles - places that have passionate, articulate key personnel who would all agree that, as one of them puts it, "This is not just our job; this is our life.
October 20, 2013 |
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- The perfect storm was shaping up as the lead pack shuffled into the last lap Sunday at Talladega. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second, his front bumper on top of leader Jamie McMurray. Earnhardt started to make a move on McMurray, but then looked in his rear-view mirror and saw the pack slowing down. It was only a two-car dustup between Austin Dillon and Casey Mears, but for Earnhardt it was game over. McMurray won under caution on the final lap and the frustration of Earnhardt and his fans will spill over for at least another week.
October 18, 2013 |
Had your fill of brutally competitive cooking shows? Ready for a more thoughtful take on food and restaurants? Then the documentary " Spinning Plates " which opens at the Landmark on Oct. 25, is for you. Directed by Joseph Levy, the film interweaves the stories of three very different restaurants, taking the time to really understand what each is about and why the chefs and cooks of each are so dedicated to their places -- and to the customers...
October 17, 2013 |
Close your eyes and say the title of "Big Ass Spider!" to yourself, exclamation point included. Smile. Enjoy it, it's fun. And now you have more or less seen "Big Ass Spider!" The film exists in a strange, unique position of being exactly the movie it looks like - a goofy contemporary riff on cheapie creature features - yet somehow still feels like a letdown, in part for its lack of surprise or invention. The movie has a fan's heart, a sense of loving every goofball moment, but as directed by Mike Mendez it also seems perpetually caught between being a spoof or playing it straight and winds up falling between the cracks rather than rising above.