Archive for Film

Film “Presumed Guilty” causes Furor in Mexico

Mar 18, 2011 by D. J. Schwartz

At last year’s Los Angeles Film Festival, I reviewed the documentary film, Presumed Guilty, which also was last season’s LAFF Audience Award for Best International Feature.
In Mexico, where 92% of convictions are not based on [...]

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Hattie McDaniel – A Hollywood Pioneer

Feb 15, 2011 by Lisa Newton

When I’m doing research for an article, I learn.
Take yesterday.
Now, I know everyone isn’t into cemeteries, but I gained my interest honestly, from my Mother. She liked to poke around old cemeteries, read the headstones. [...]

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A Film Review of A Crime – a Movie about Violence, Obsession, and a Fall Guy

Jan 07, 2011 by Tom Jones

A Crime, staring Harvey Keitel as Roger Culkin, Emmanuelle Béart as Alice Parker, and Norman Reedus as the character, Vincent Harris, deals with matters of the heart and head in which the characters are all [...]

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22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Opens on January 6th

Dec 28, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Although the only excuse you need to go to Palm Springs is to just sit back and relax for a weekend–as if you ever needed another–try this one:
22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival
With almost [...]

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2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards Announced

Dec 16, 2010

Tis that time of season, besides Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and the New Year that most of the Film Industry’s best known institutions nominate their choices for different 2010 Movie and Television awards.
Along with the other [...]

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Film Review of Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child – an Artistic Genius

Dec 03, 2010

Radiant Child is a documentary movie about the rapid rise and epic fall of one of the most important modern artists of the late 20th century–Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Filmmaker Tamra Davis, a close friend of Basquiat, conducted [...]

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The 6th Annual Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival

Nov 11, 2010

Los Angeles hosts many film festivals.
Ranging from the Los Angeles Film Festival to the current ongoing American Film Institute (AFI) Film Festival, there are many more to choose from–including the Silver Lake Film Festival, [...]

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The Killer Inside Me–an Intense Ride into the Abyss of the Criminally Insane

Nov 05, 2010

“Out here you’re a man or a gentleman or you’re nothing at all and god help you if you’re not. Nobody has it coming. That’s why they can’t see it coming. “
Extremely critical situational [...]

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California State Parks are Hollywood’s New Stars

Nov 02, 2010

We all know that many movies have been made in and around the Los Angeles area. What’s not to love? It’s close by the studios which helps cut costs, and these days, everyone wants to [...]

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The New Film Series at the Hammer

Oct 11, 2010

In case you haven’t heard, Monday’s are now a lot more fun.
In conjunction with a graduate seminar offered by UCLA’s Moving Image Archive Studies (MIAS) program, the Student Chapter of the Association of Moving [...]

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A Prophet (Un prophete)

Sep 29, 2010

Sentenced to six years in prison by French courts, a petty criminal Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim), is quickly introduced into the inner workings of prison life–and finds himself at the bottom of its food [...]

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One Small Treasure on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles

Sep 17, 2010

Have you ever passed by a building and wondered about its history? Who lived there? When was it built? Who was the architect?
These are the questions I asked myself as I passed by 11725 Sunset [...]

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Umberto D – a Criterion Classic about Economic Woes, Societal Pathology, and Unconditional Love

Sep 08, 2010

At the time of Umberto D’s release, not only was it a commercial failure overseas, it was also savagely attacked in Italy, by its then postwar Italian government of the time, as evidenced from the [...]

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Los Angeles circa 1935

Aug 27, 2010

Take a look at Los Angeles in 1935. This video features Grumman’s Chinese Theater, Streetcars, Olvera Street, and Hollywood Boulevard.
Produced by James A. Fitzpatrick, the Los Angeles "Wonder City of the West" is a [...]

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