Author Archive: Dianne Lawrence

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Apocalypto

Apocalypto

| January 8, 2007

Apocalypto, written by Mel Gibson & Farhad Safinia, is a watershed film for director Mel Gibson. He appears to be a lot more complex than any of us imagined. First, a film about crucifying Christ that would seem to appeal to those with an uncomfortable capacity for suffering. Then, executive producing a successful documentary about […]

The Science of Sleep

The Science of Sleep

| October 3, 2006

Science of Sleep is a lyrical, affectionate poem to the budding romance. Directed by Michael Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Human Nature, Bjork music videos) the film leads you into the fertile dreamscape of the artistic soul in love. Stephane, played with inventive comic flair by the versatile and exciting Mexican actor Gael […]

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Darshan the Embrace

Darshan the Embrace

| September 24, 2006

Darshan the Embrace, directed by French director Jan Kounen, documents the work of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, also known as Amma, the hugging Saint. The daughter of a poor family from a small fishing village in India, she came into the world in 1953 with a smiling, loving grace and propensity to fall into deep […]

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

| July 18, 2006

Captain Jack Sprat is back in the rollicking summer blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest” directed by Gore Verbinski. It is the second offering in the Pirates franchise based on the popular Disneyland ride. Our Heroine Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) and hero Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) are about to wed when they are […]

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Los Angeles Film Festival – June 22-July 2, 2006

Los Angeles Film Festival – June 22-July 2, 2006

| July 11, 2006

This has been a breakthrough year with the growth and diversity of our films, events, audience awareness, and attendance, said Film Independent Executive Director Dawn Hudson. More than ever, we feel like what we have accomplished with this year’s festival truly reflects Film Independent’s overall mission to put the spotlight on the diversity of films […]

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Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man

| May 24, 2006

Think of Leonard Cohen. Now think of Mel Gibson. Now imagine what kind of bridge might link these two distinctly, uh, unique personality’s together. Well, Mel is one of the producers of Lian Lunson’s documentary “I’m Your Man” an absorbing and affectionate look at the work and history of one of our great contemporary poets […]

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An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth

| May 24, 2006

I’m certain when you heard a documentary had been made about Al Gore’s lectures on climate change and global warming, your first reaction was a small guilty groan. “I know I’m supposed to see it but… ooohh I wanna see X-men instead!” If this is what you are still thinking then knock it off and […]

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An American Haunting

An American Haunting

| May 12, 2006

In An American Haunting, director Courtney Solomon (Dungeons and Dragons) explores the true account of the events of 1818 when the Bell family of Red River, Tennessee had a run in with a rather nasty poltergeist. Mr. John Bell a gentleman farmer (played by the always fabulous Donald Sutherland) and landowner is shamed in a […]

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Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles – April 19-23, 2006

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles – April 19-23, 2006

| May 3, 2006

For the fourth straight year the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles has once again successfully impressed Hollywood movie lovers with a showcase of a variety of 32 well-selected films from 13 countries. The festival, presented at the Arclight Theater on Sunset Blvd., included 3 world premiers, 10 US Premieres and 30 filmmakers from all […]

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

| December 21, 2005

Along with Alice in Wonderland and My Secret Garden, the Narnia stories were easily my favorite children’s books. I went to see this film with some concern about how it would hold up to the blockbuster Ring Trilogies, the exceptional last two Potter films or the special magic that the Narnia name still conjured up […]

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