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  • Revisiting John Cassavetes' groundbreaking films

     Revisiting John Cassavetes' groundbreaking films
    John Cassavetes' name has become a kind of shorthand over the years. Filmmakers and critics tend to invoke it whenever hand-held close-ups zero in on characters who are drunk, distraught, dissembling, divulging their innermost fears or all of the above. What's missing from many such interpretations of so-called Cassavetian cinema is an appreciation of the singular compassion and acuity of a visionary.
  • Review: Not your usual geeks in 'Secret Lives of Dorks'

    Review: Not your usual geeks in 'Secret Lives of Dorks'
    The setup of "The Secret Lives of Dorks" may be familiar: Comic-book geek Payton (Gaelan Connell) is in love with cheerleader Carrie (Riley Voelkel), who already has a jock boyfriend, Clark (Beau Mirchoff), while fellow nerd Samantha (Vanessa Marano)...

    Directors have enjoyed setting movies at the Cannes Film Festival

    Directors have enjoyed setting movies at the Cannes Film Festival
    Not many of us will ever get to the fabulous Cannes Film Festival currently taking place in the glamorous French resort town. But there is a way to enjoy the Cannes experience vicariously via the films that have used the international festival as a...

    'Gump,' 'Bambi' among 2011 National Film Registry selections

     
    he 1994 Oscar-winning best film, “Forrest Gump,” Walt Disney’s 1942 classic animated family film, “Bambi,” Charlie Chaplin’s first feature-length comedy “The Kid” and a 1912 silent comedy “A Cure for...

    Oscar nominee Christopher Plummer, 'Beginners' and LACMA

     
    Christopher Plummer received a supporting-actor Oscar nomination Tuesday for his role in "Beginners." For local art fans, Plummer's character should hold special significance because the actor plays a retired curator from the Los Angeles County Museum...