I have finally been given the chance to say in print that “The Seventh Seal” is a giant bore. Give me Joan Crawford, Richard Widmark, and Constance Towers!
Remember the carefree days when we could leave our homes, gather in public places maskless, and take in a museum exhibit of a Sunday afternoon? I did that, way back on February 23. It was right after the Annenberg Space for Photography mounted a presentation, now “up” through July 26, called “VANITY FAIR: HOLLYWOOD CALLING: […]
Both Petit and Honnold practiced obsessively and incessantly, memorizing every every inch of the cable, every handhold and foothold.
“I like to differentiate between risk and consequence,” says Honnold. “The chance of me falling off is quite low even though the consequence is extremely high.”
That may be, but what of a risk in which the consequence is certain death?
Director/producer Leo Zahn has made documentaries about mid-century architect William F. Cody and Frank Sinatra in Palm Springs.
Now he brings us “Iconicity.” The core theme: “Why are artists attracted to the [Southern California] desert? There is something here, call it a mystical energy or what have you, but it’s also very practical as to why certain art gets created only in the desert.”
Dancing at the Vatican, a 38-minute documentary directed by Brian Moore and produced by Amanda Spencer, showcases the plight of those suffering from Huntington’s Disease (HD), a progressive neurological disorder. A parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of passing it on to his or her offspring.
Watched a wonderful Finnish film the other night, directed by Klaus Härö, and recommended by a reader: Letters to Father Jacob. Synopsis: “Set in the early 1970s and based on a story by Jaana Makkonen, the film tells the story of Leila, a pardoned convict, who becomes an assistant to a blind priest, Jacob. The film […]
Says director Heidi Yewman: “I feel there’s a false narrative to the effect that you can be the good guy with a gun and save the day killing a ‘bad guy’ with your gun. In the film, Kevin shows very clearly that you don’t just kill someone who’s threatened you or your family, and move on with your day and your life. A moral injury occurs.”
Here’s a fun thing to do on the Westside: The Paley Center for Media, smack in the middle of Beverly Hills.
The minute you step up to the desk, one of the welcoming ladies there will usher you over to a camera, shove a mic in your hand and snap a promote-the-Paley pic.
“Leaning Into the Wind” is a 2018 documentary about Andy Goldsworthy, a self-proclaimed “British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings.”
The other day I watched a film called “Caught” (1949), by the great German-born director Max Ophüls. I’ve seen “The Earrings of Madame de” (1953) (originally at The Brattle in Harvard Square, circa 1979) and “Letter to an Unknown Woman” (1948) multiple times. But “Caught” was new to me, and afterwards I thought to share with all […]
One of my favorite books as a kid was Whistle Down the Wind (1958) by Mary Hayley Bell. In it, three children from a working-class English village find an escaped criminal in the barn and think he’s Jesus. Here’s how the story starts: “I am ten, and they call me Brat. Of course, that isn’t […]
Jonathan Gold, the city’s beloved Pulitzer-Prize winning food writer, died on July 21. The cause was pancreatic cancer that had been diagnosed only weeks before. Gold, 57, was most recently the restaurant critic for the “Los Angeles Times.” But he was way more than a food critic. He was an LA treasure: erudite, articulate, eccentric, […]