On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service with Personal Appearance by LAZENBY, GEORGE LAZENBY From Switzerland With Love: The Majestic James Bond Epic Returns to the Big Screen With 007 In Person Unlike James Bond’s martinis, the July 8 screening at the Landmark of the 1969 Swiss-shot 007 thriller On Her Majesty’s Secret Service with star George Lazenby […]

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: All That Jazz: Ingrained To Be Against the Grain The L.A. release of The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff on July 4th is serendipitous, in the same way, say, that opening a horror movie on Halloween would be. The longtime, […]

The Liberator Movie

2014 LA Film Festival: The Liberator Movie Simon Bolivar Biopic Has Epic Sweep of Revolution Lefty film fans rejoice — the Simon Bolivar biopic The Liberator Movie, which U.S. premiered at the LA Film Festival,is the state of the art for progressive motion pictures. The Venezuelan/Spanish co-production stars Caracas-born Edgar Ramirez (who was Emmy- and Golden […]

Eat With Me

2014 LA Film Festival: Eat With Me You May Be Hungry an Hour After “Eating” This Tasty Coming Out Tale Eat With Me, which world premiered at the LA Film Festival, alternates between being an enjoyable, poignant coming out comedy drama and a paint — or rather film — by the numbers story. The plot of […]

Trust Me Film Review

Trust Me: Nice Agents Finish Last? As the old cliché goes, Clark Gregg is one of those actors whose name audiences may not know but whose face auds will recognize. Especially for his recurring role as Agent Phil Coulson in various permutations of the Marvel comics-derived big and little screen versions of The Avengers, Thor, […]

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Meanwhile, back at the ranch: For those who enjoy genre spoofs and gross out humor, Seth MacFarlane’s R-rated A Million Ways to Die in the West serves up a heaping pile of humor with a million mirthful movie moments. Others who prefer their comedy to be cerebral and refined, rather than raucous, may wish to […]

Sarajevo Film Review

Sarajevo Film – Centennial Cinematic Serbian Saga: Oh! What a Not-So-Lovely War The 9th annual South East European Film Festival started with — no pun intended — a bang on May Day, with the world premiere of Sarajevo, an Austrian feature about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The liquidation of the heir presumptive of the […]

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself Film Review

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself The Effete Everyman of Ink and Screen The PBS American Masters series is airing a biopic about the writer who made a career out of being a sort of “professional amateur.” As Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself shows through archival footage and original interviews, the so-called “participatory journalist” […]

Alphaville Film Review

Back To the Future: After Half a Century Godard’s Lovingly Restored Sci Fi Classic Alphaville Returns To the Big Screen One of my favorite genres depicts dystopian sci fi societies, wherein humans fight to be free from futuristic fascism. On the page, George Orwell’s terrifying 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World are the greatest […]

The Galapagos Affair Satan Came To Eden

The Galapagos Affair Satan Came To Eden – Mysterious Island: The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men — and Marine Iguanas The Galapagos Affair Satan Came To Eden documentary is “Exhibit A” for proving that old maxim: “Truth is stranger than fiction.” The atavistic impulse to “get away from it all” and leave the […]