Author Archive: Dianne Lawrence

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The Day The Earth Stood Still

The Day The Earth Stood Still

| December 31, 2008

The original 1951 version of the Day the Earth Stood Still, was considered by Arthur C. Clarke and the American Film Institute to be among the top ten best Science Fiction films of all time. It was also selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. The […]

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The 2008 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

The 2008 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

| June 6, 2008

Between April 22-27, the 2008 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles returned to the Arclight Hollywood for another successful 6th annual event. This year’s festival saw an increase of more than 6,500 filmgoers and over 60 filmmakers attending the screening of their films. The 2008 IFFLA lineup showcased 21 features (16 narrative and 5 documentary) […]

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Shine a Light

Shine a Light

| April 14, 2008

In Martin Scorsese’s rousing homage to one of the greatest, some say the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band, we see why the Stones continue to command such enormous respect, admiration and affection. If the essence of rock ‘n’ roll is sex, power and a promise of losing yourself to that primal big bang still reverberating […]

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Tanna Frederick: Going the Distance

Tanna Frederick: Going the Distance

| March 3, 2008

Tanna Frederick is a shining example of the ‘Just Do It!’ philosophy required to succeed in one of the most competitive fields in the world, acting in Hollywood. Stuck as an actress/waitress in Mason City, Iowa, Tanna embarked on a letter-writing campaign to directors in Hollywood in an effort to wedge her foot in a […]

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Across the Universe

Across the Universe

| October 19, 2007

There’s a saying that if you remember the ’60s, you weren’t there. After seeing Across the Universe, if you don’t have a full-on flashback, you definitely weren’t there. Astonishingly talented director/writer Julie Taymor, and her writers Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais, have taken every thread of that critical, cultural revolution and woven a beautifully […]

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Vanaja

Vanaja

| September 9, 2007

Vanaja, a beautifully crafted film, is a stunning directorial debut for Rajnesh Domalpalli. A natural storyteller, Domalpalli weaves back and forth between harsh realism and lyrical imagery as he reveals the disturbing practice of India’s caste system and its complex repercussions in the lives of all involved. Set in a small Indian village in the […]

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

| July 22, 2007

My yardstick for judging the effectiveness of a film about magic, fantasy, special effects and thrilling, engaging story lines, is how often I am moved to say, with absolute, unfettered glee, “Wow…that was reeeally cool.” Given that yardstick, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the newest offering in the J.K. Rowling’s mega-franchise, falls […]

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Simon Schama’s Power of Art

Simon Schama’s Power of Art

| June 17, 2007

“This is not a series about things that hang on walls, it is not about decor or prettiness, it is a series about the force, the need, the passion of art–the power of art.” — Simon Schama One wonders if the power and influence art once enjoyed has been compromised by the overwhelming bombardment and […]

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amu

amu

| May 25, 2007

In this ambitious first feature film by director Shonali Bose, Kajori Roy (Konkona Sensharma) plays a 21-year-old east Indian woman who has lived in America since her adoption at the age of three. After her graduation from UCLA she decides to go back to the town where she was born and visit with her relatives. […]

Addiction

Addiction

| March 20, 2007

HBO’s Addiction is a dispassionate, just the facts ma’m look at the emerging science and various treatments addressing the problem of America’s over 20 million drug and alcohol addicts. Some of the facts are eye opening. If you are not addicted by the age of 25, it is less likely that you will become addicted […]