May 2, 2013 |
At 48, Keanu Reeves is twice the age of his nubile costar Adelaide Clemens in "Generation Um... " and the generation gap might explain why they spend the film staring at each other blankly. Reeves plays John, a driver for an escort service who works nights shuttling Mia (Clemens), a placid baby-doll blond, and her raging cokehead partner, Violet (Bojana Novakovic, often pants-less). The women aren't John's friends, exactly - they alternate between pestering him and pleasuring him in a grotty bathroom, both of which make writer-director Mark Mann's feature debut sound more exciting than it is. After an inert first act in which John eats cupcakes and watches strangers, he finally leaps to action by stealing a video camera.
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December 27, 2012 |
The homeless woman was a familiar presence at the corner of Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman Way. Employees at the nearby businesses knew her routine, if not her name. Mornings, she bought a pack of Grand Prix cigarettes - always with exact change - at the United Oil gas station. Nights, she curled up on a bus bench outside the 24-hour Walgreens and tried to fall asleep. The stop on line 761 has three seats, some graffiti and a gold-and-turquoise advertisement for a maker of eyeglasses.
April 27, 2012 |
The romantic comedy "The Five-Year Engagement," starring Emily Blunt and Jason Segel, tackles the messy business of love in a time when commitment can be career-ending for one of the better halves. Since it is mostly told from a fairly evolved guy's point of view, it sounds so promising, so fresh, you want to root for these kids to get it right - not just the couple, but the filmmakers. Both have their moments, though not enough to keep the audience, or the couple, engaged for anything close to five years, which this two-hour film can sometimes feel like.
April 6, 2012 |
In a movie as stylized as Whit Stillman's "Damsels in Distress,"decor is destiny, so it's no accident that the dorm room shared by Violet (Greta Gerwig) and her roommates at a northeastern liberal arts college prominently features the poster for Max Ophüls' maudit masterwork "Lola Montès. " Violet, an amateur self-help guru who practices her questionable theories on her unfortunate classmates, doesn't share much with Ophüls' eponymous heroine, a Scottish dancer who reinvented herself as the Spanish mistress of a Bavarian king.
April 4, 2010 |
Frankie and Grandpa Ben huddled under Grandpa's big, black umbrella. They could hear tiny raindrops pitter-pattering above their heads like little cats' feet. Raindrops dripped from Frankie's tennis shoes, as he and Grandpa strolled toward the house. "Watch the puddle!" Grandpa cautioned, walking around the little pool of water. Frankie followed carefully, watching water drops bounce off the puddle and sail into the air like little spaceships. "Where does the rain come from, Grandpa?"
May 29, 2008 |
May has been "Camp Freddy Month" at the Roxy, and tonight the band and singer Donovan Leitch wrap up the run. Leitch, the actor son of '60s cosmic-folkie Donovan and brother of "Say Anything" icon Ione Skye, lives in Studio City with wife Kirsty Hume and daughter Violet. HOME Friday is Valley Appreciation Night, which means not dealing with Hollywood traffic. We'd start at Woodbridge Park with a play date for Violet, and then go to dinner at Coyote Pizza on Tujunga. It's famous for "The Salad"; they say if you're pregnant and eat it, you give birth within 24 hours.