| Jan 14, 2012
| 10:31 PM
I’ve been on this kick where I write movie reviews in the form of a song. Here’s one to the tune of 9 to 5 in honor of the Dolly Parton that used to do interesting blue grass tunes and a few decent movies.
Openin’ my red vines/walkin&...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 1:03 AM
The cast of this movie has four Oscars, and a lot more nominations; so does director Roman Polanski…a person I wish these types of talented actors would boycott. That’s another argument for another day.
The cast of the Broadway play this was...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 10:02 AM
*** (out of four)
When Nancy (Kate Winslet) vomits all over Penelope’s (Jodie Foster) coffee table art books midway into the darkly funny “Carnage,” it’s not the last time something comes up that can’t be suppressed anymore....
| Nov 7, 2011
BEACHWOOD CANYON, HOLLYWOOD SIGN
Distance: 4 miles
Duration: 1.5 hours
Transportation: Beachwood Canyon DASH bus. Ample free street parking.
This is a brisk city walk with a country feeling, starting high in Hollywood's Beachwood Canyon...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 6:02 PM
Structurally, Roman Polanski's “Carnage” hearkens back to his first feature, “Knife in the Water” (1962). “When a handful of people are stuck in a confined space, the layers of civilized social convention are peeled away,...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 6:13 PM
There are numerous inherent flaws and absurdities in the process of compiling Top 10s and Best ofs; nonetheless, here are my favorite films released in Los Angeles in the calendar year 2011. In my version of this imperfect exercise, “favorite”...
| Jan 5, 2012
| 7:11 PM
"The Darkest Hour" is the latest film to focus on the invasion of Earth by aliens from outer space.
The strange invaders are without any solid form. They appear as shape-shifting units of powerful glowing energy. They float down from the sky looking very...
| Feb 23, 2012
* (out of four)
“Act of Valor” began as a small recruiting film. Five years and a script from one of the writers of “300” later, that's still all it is.
I definitely don’t understand how the Navy thought the best way to...
| Aug 18, 2011
| 1:23 PM
Dogs Can Smell Cancer?
A new study adds to the body of research suggesting that "man’s best friend" may actually be able to smell cancer.
Researchers in Germany found that dogs were able to pick up on the scent of organic compounds linked to the...
| Oct 4, 2011
| 2:55 PM
Kanaka-Purandara, Utsav, Night's End and There Will Be Blood
Oct. 6-7, 10-11. Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St., (203) 432-0670, yale.edu/whc.
11 a.m. Oct. 8-9, Cinema City at the Palace, 235 Brainard Road, Hartford, (860) 549-0030,...
| Nov 22, 2011
This is the second Conan movie to be released this year. The documentary Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop was released a few months ago (and was really good if you’re looking for an entertaining documentary).
This is the third remake...