Culture Watch

Science Cuts Both Ways

  Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti reputedly once said, “One must have an open mind, but not so open that your brain falls out.” I’ve been away for a month in Scandinavia and haven’t yet had a chance to get out to any live arts or performance events here in town. But I did watch a film, “Food Evolution,” which opens this... Read more →

Play Time

Robert De Niro Is In The Title, But Not In The Play

Even as you giggle continuously through Sy Rosen’s delightful chronicle of his journey into “old age” you are also continually aware of how skillfully he has mounted his gentle stories. Rosen’s play “Robert De Niro Is Older Than Me” is a one-man show for three people and a slide projector. Rosen’s co-stars are Deborah Geffner,... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: My Cousin Rachel

  Rated PG-13 106 Minutes Released June 9   My Cousin Rachel is a masterpiece of psychological mystery. Much of the credit must go posthumously to the author of the novel, Dame Daphne du Maurier, who stands as one of the greatest writers ever of subtle intimate drama. Her novels lend themselves perfectly to the medium... Read more →

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Maudie: the Grandma Moses Of Nova Scotia

    If you can imagine the handsome Ethan Hawke with a perpetual frown and a gravelly voice like Billy Bob Thornton’s in “Sling Blade”, you will appreciate Hawke’s amazing performance in a lovely, delicate new movie that opens in L.A. tomorrow (Friday, June 16). The film is “Maudie”, based on the life story of... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review : Snatched

Rated R 90 Minutes Released May 12 The story in the movie Snatched, about a mother and daughter kidnaped while on vacation in Ecuador, lends itself to some very funny situations. Schumer’s character “Emily” is well defined in the beginning. It seems that everything in her life is falling apart/ nothing is going as planned. She... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Pirates of the Caribbean

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: Dead Men Tell No Tales Rated PG-13 129 Minutes Released May 26   Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has a style comparable to a silent film epic such as Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936). There are critics who are panning the film as having scant plotlines featuring redundant... Read more →

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A Spectacular “Dogfight” Without Dogs or Planes

    Well, they aren’t Stephen Sondheim — yet. But they could be — in time. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote the lyrics AND composed the music for “Dogfight” have just brought their rip-roaring, award-winning musical to L.A. Lucky L.A.! Adapted by Peter Duchan from a 1991 play by Bob Comfort, the musical... Read more →

Travel

Know Before You Go

  For the week of May 29 Transit And Parking Services Tenant Improvement (Taps Ti) Project For the week of May 29, construction will take place in Parking Structure #5 at 1440 4th street and anticipates affecting the sidewalk in front of the building with the sidewalk pedestrian tunnel on 5/22/17, lasting until 10/15/17. During... Read more →

Movie Reviews

TELEVISION SERIES REVIEW

  AMERICAN GODS Available for Streaming on Starz Hour Long Series Fantasy/ Mystery   Book by Neil Gaiman Creators: Bryan Fuller and Michael Green Ricky Whittle Emily Browning Bruce Langley Yetide Badaki Pablo Schriber Ian McShane Crispin Glover Gillian Anderson Kristin... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Television Series Review

  AMERICAN GODS Available for Streaming on Starz Hour Long Series Fantasy/ Mystery   Book by Neil Gaiman Creators: Bryan Fuller and Michael Green Ricky Whittle Emily Browning Bruce Langley Yetide Badaki Pablo Schriber Ian McShane Crispin Glover Gillian Anderson Kristin... Read more →

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It’s A Lovely World

Things were a lot softer in 1966.  If you were old enough to go to movies in those relatively tranquil days, you will undoubtedly remember with a smile Claude Lelouch’s beautiful romantic film “A Man and A Woman.”  It was a simple tale of a widow (Anouk Aimee) and a widower (Louis Trintignant) falling in love as they shared a ride... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Paris Can Wait

  Rated PG 92 Minutes Released May 12th   Paris Can Wait is Eleanor Coppola’s debut as a feature film writer/director, at the age of 80!  Now, she didn’t just wake up one day and say to herself “Hmm, maybe I’ll direct a movie.”  Eleanor has been working in the film business since the 1960’s.  As the... Read more →

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The Lyons, Hear Them Roar

  Cruelty is usually the weapon of choice in dysfunctional families. In the Lyons family this toxic behavior has engendered alienation, isolation, and loneliness in an unhappy foursome in New York. In Nicky Silver’s play, “The Lyons”, however, the mitigating factor is that the unfolding drama is bursting with some of the... Read more →

Events

Save the ocean, party on the Pier

      This year Heal the Bay will be raising their glasses, and funds, on the Santa Monica Pier. Heal the Bay hosted their first Bring Back the Beach Gala in 1992 at Opus Restaurant on Ocean Avenue. From 300 people in attendance in 1992 to now an estimated 1,000-guests, this year the annual gala will take place on... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: King Arthur -Legend of the Sword

Rated PG-13 126 Minutes Released May 12   Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a unique re-telling of the story of Arthur, the legend of ancient English folklore who is said to have led British warriors against Saxon invaders in the late 5th and 6th centuries AD. There is no proof that Arthur really existed. Yet... Read more →