Cloud 9 (Wolke 9)

Cloud 9 (Wolke 9) Music Box Films' Cloud 9 (Wolke 9) is an award-winning German film opening in New York on August 14 and Los Angeles on August 28. Directed by Andreas Dresen ... Continue Reading →

Spring Film Round-up

Spring Film Roundup   Throw Down Your Heart Anticipation can be a joyously agonizing pastime. In the case of Sascha Paladino’s documentary about banjo maestro Bela Fleck’s ... Continue Reading →

Joys And Confusions of Kaufman’s Brain

The Joys And Confusions of Charlie Kaufman’s Brain   Synecdoche, New York Written and Directed by Charlie Kaufman Opens Oct. 24 (Sony Pictures Classics)   “Peculiar” ... Continue Reading →

Repo! The Genetic Opera

Repo! The Genetic Opera A Film, Musical and Music In the no-so-distant future, a worldwide epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: ... Continue Reading →

Return of the Living Dead

Return of the Living Dead To amazingly little publicity, the Clu Gulager film festival kicked off last night (Wednesday the 27th) at the New Beverly Cinema. Tonight’s raison ... Continue Reading →

CSNY/Déjà Vu

CSNY/Déjà Vu   I am a dyed in the wool fan of most things around Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.  The first time I saw the quartet was circa 1974, and my girlfriend embroidered ... Continue Reading →

Fascination For Animation

Fascination For Animation   “Voodoo” by Gobelins Studio, France No one can doubt my commitment to the art of animation. When most of the other graduating seniors ... Continue Reading →

Jesus, Mary Magdalene And “Bloodline”

Jesus, Mary Magdalene And “Bloodline”   “I think I’m just a reasonable guy,” says documentarian Bruce Burgess in front of a sold-out, opening night crowd at the Laemmle ... Continue Reading →